Bits: Albert Pujols' foot 'hurting real bad'

Updated: April 22, 2013, 12:43 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, a first-rounder in many fantasy drafts for this season, has a respectable .317 batting average after hitting a double in four at-bats Sunday afternoon. But that's hardly the story. It also came out Sunday that Pujols told the Los Angeles Times that the plantar fasciitis in his left foot clearly remains an issue. "I'm dying," Pujols said. "It's hurting real bad."

Yep, that's definitely an issue, and it's likely to panic fantasy owners enough to try to sell Pujols for whatever they can this week, before, as they tend to believe, the inevitable disabled list stint truncates his season. Well, I'll play the role of eternal optimist and still rely on and therefore trade for Pujols. I wouldn't part with a fellow first-rounder like Andrew McCutchen or Prince Fielder, but if this foot problem and the shocking quotes -- I mean, how often is an athlete this honest? -- creates a value opportunity, I'm certainly in.