Pujols resting before starting offseason work
Angels slugger won't need surgery, expects to begin routine in November
ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols is an intense and extremely competitive person.
The Angels' first baseman tore his left plantar fascia in late July and was shut down for the season on Aug. 19. But a little over two weeks ago, he started running and riding the bike just in case the Angels worked their way into the playoff picture, although he admitted the "odds weren't in our favor."
Now that the Angels are eliminated from the postseason, Pujols has shut it down and is letting his body rest until he begins his offseason routine.
"I think we're all very comfortable and confident that he is going to be at a much higher level of health than we've seen, even parts of last year, and definitely this year," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think when you put the equation together, that's going to add up to an Albert much along the lines of what we saw after the first month of '12.
"Through the lion's share of the season, he got banged up a little bit, but you saw everything. The power is there, the swing is there, and hopefully he'll be able to maintain it through a whole season."
The tear of the plantar fascia accomplished what surgery would have so Pujols will not need offseason surgery.
In fact, he anticipates going through his regular offseason routine, which includes weight training and conditioning in November, and hitting in January.
"I feel good about everything and how everything is going," Pujols said.
Pujols will not be back on the field until 2014, but that does not mean he is ignoring the Angels' recent success.
Pujols is proud of the character his teammates have shown as they continue to fight until the end of the season and wishes he were healthy enough to partake.
"It [stinks]," Pujols said. "Very disappointing, but it's not like I could control it."
Green prepping to play the hot corner in '14
ANAHEIM -- Odds are, Grant Green won't play third base in a game for the Angels this season, but the infielder has continued to work at the position.
Aside from pregame drills, Green's only experience at third came during a brief period with Triple-A Sacramento, but the 25-year-old feels a strong offseason will set him up to compete for the position next season.
"It's coming along," Green said. "Still a little bit new, but it's coming along. Slowly, but surely."
Although he has solely played second base since the Angels called him up, Green spent his collegiate career and the bulk of his time in the Minors at shortstop so the left side of the infield is nothing new to him.
However, the adjustments to third have centered around the longer throw and the speed of the game.
"The angle on the throws is different from what I've experienced before," Green said. "and knowing that when you get a hard hit ball, you have more time [to collect it] than up the middle."
• Right-hander Jered Weaver threw a successful bullpen session on Monday and is on track to start Wednesday's series finale against the A's. Weaver was scratched from last Friday's scheduled start with forearm tightness.
• Based on advanced ticket sales for this final home series against the A's, the Angels will reach 3 million fans for the 11th straight season.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.