Angels’ Albert Pujols getting closer to running, playing the field.

Albert Pujols

Mike Scioscia updated first baseman Albert Pujols’ progress in his comeback from off-season surgery on his right knee:

  • Pujols is taking ground balls, running on the treadmill and will be running on the field later this week — “just straight running and gradually into turns,” not around the bases, Scioscia said.
  • On Pujols’ range at first base, Scioscia said, “there’s a little more but no real aggressive defense that he’s involved in yet. He’s taking infield and he’s taking ground balls.”

When we checked out Pujols in pregame drills, he wasn’t moving around any less than the Angels’ other first basemen. These were light drills so no one was doing anything spectacular. No diving. No acrobatics. But if you didn’t know any better, you wouldn’t have been able to tell that Pujols had any restrictions for playing in the field.

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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.