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Albert Pujols cleared to play, will make his spring debut today

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Back in December Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols had surgery on the plantar fascia in his right foot. Pujols was bothered by plantar fasciitis repeatedly during the 2016 season, but played through the pain, finishing with a line of .268/.323/.457, 31 homers and 119 RBI.

His rehab has been cautious, and he has yet to play in any spring training games. That changes today, however, as he is in the Angels lineup as the DH, batting third.

Pujols, entering his 17th season, is signed through the 2021 season. He’ll make $26 million this year and will receive a raise of $1 million each year on through the end of the contract.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.