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Originally published Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 8:15 PM

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Foot injury could finish Pujols’ season

Angels slugger Albert Pujols was put on the disabled list Sunday with a tear in his left foot that could end his season.

The Associated Press

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols was put on the disabled list Sunday with a tear in his left foot that could end his season.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols, a three-time National League MVP, will be sidelined for “a significant amount of time.”

Pujols has a partially torn plantar fascia. The injury has bothered him most of the season. He aggravated it while running out a single in the ninth inning of Friday’s 6-4 loss to Oakland.

“This is something that, talking to Albert, has been going on for six or seven years,” Scioscia said.

Although surgery seems unlikely, Scioscia didn’t rule out the possibility that Pujols could be sidelined the rest of the season.

Pujols returned to Los Angeles Saturday for tests. That’s when the injury was diagnosed.

“We’ll just take it one step at a time and see how it goes,” Scioscia said. “But this is not something that’s going to heal in a week or two.”

Pujols signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Angels as a free agent in December 2011. He has been the club’s designated hitter most of the season and is hitting .258 with 17 home runs and 64 runs batted in.

Notes

Derek Jeter homered against Tampa Bay on the first pitch he saw after coming off the disabled list, snapping the Yankees’ nine-game homerless drought. The team captain went 2 for 4 and scored twice.

• Baseball pioneers Jacob Ruppert Jr., Hank O’Day and James “Deacon” White — a team owner, an umpire and a catcher, respectively — were inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. There was no breathing inductee for the first time since 1960.

• Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig slid home to celebrate his game-ending homer against Cincinnati. “Some people jump, some people slide, some people run,” Puig said through a translator. “I have a previous teammate in Cuba that jumped and hurt his ankle. So I decided to slide.”

• The Rangers are investigating a claim by pitcher Tanner Scheppers that he was attacked in Cleveland last week. A website reported that Scheppers verbally instigated the incident.

• Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure.

• Former slugger Hideki Matsui signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees so he could retire with his first team in the major leagues.

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