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.