Angels first baseman Albert Pujols updates his injury status.

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols said Thursday that his physical activity will be limited to start spring training, but is optimistic that he can come back from October knee surgery in time for opening day on April 1.

“Right now not much,” Pujols said when asked what he’s doing on the field. “Just really taking it easy. I’m working my way into it. My goal is to be ready for opening day. We have plenty of time so I don’t want to rush myself, take this injury into the season.”

Pujols reported to camp early. Thursday morning, he took batting practice on a back field with the other early-reporting campers, including Josh Hamilton.

“Hopefully in a couple more days I can do running and agility,” he said. “I’m pretty much not missing that much. I’ve got six or seven more weeks until the season, so I’ve got plenty of time.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.