Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing an arthroscopic debridement of his left knee on Wednesday.
A general timetable to return to playing following such a procedure is six to eight weeks, the Angels announced.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler told reporters Pujols is expected to be ready for spring training next year.
Asked if extra reps at first base this season, caused by the emergence of Shohei Ohtani at designated hitter, factored into Pujols’ injury, Eppler declined to speculate.
“We’ll wait to hear what the doctors say moving forward,” he said.
Pujols, 38, spent a short stint on the disabled list in July due to left knee inflammation, receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection at the time. He returned July 23 and has played regularly since, hitting .193 with only two home runs and nine RBIs in 23 games this month.
Pujols hit .245 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs on the season.
“Albert is one of the most durable players I’ve ever seen or been around,” Eppler said. “I don’t know if there was a day this season that you would have said he’s 100 percent, but he plays through a lot. He plays through discomfort. He endures a lot and doesn’t talk a lot about it. But I can tell you that he’s definitely someone that wants to play and fights through a lot of adversity to make sure he’s out there and contributing to the club.”
This year marks the first season in which Pujols failed to hit 20 or more home runs since 2013, when he had 17 in 99 games. His 64 RBIs will tie a career low set in 2013.
Pujols, who notched his 3,000th hit and passed Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place on the all-time home run list earlier this year, is still owed $87 million over the next three seasons on the 10-year, $240 million megadeal he signed with the Angels in 2011.
—Field Level Media