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.