Breaking: Angels’ Albert Pujols reaches first base, doesn’t need a courtesy runner.

Albert PujolsAlbert Pujols was not lifted for a courtesy runner upon reaching first base on a fielder’s choice in the first inning of the Angels’ spring training game Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.

That’s a Cactus League first for the Angels first baseman, who is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last October. Pujols was forced out and did not run to second base when the next batter, Josh Hamilton, grounded into a double play.

Pujols has been running the bases in practice.

3:48 p.m. update: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the game that Pujols wanted to run the bases today. He did not request a courtesy runner and  have that request denied by Bud Black, the Padres’ manager.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the 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.