The Angels announced Wednesday that Albert Pujols will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing an arthroscopic debridement of his left knee. The procedure comes with a recovery timetable of six to eight weeks, per the announcement.
It’s the latest in a long line of injuries for Pujols, who at 38 looks like a shell of his former self. While he’s still hit with some power in recent seasons and rarely strikes out, he’s posted a combined .243/.287/.397 slash with 42 homers in 1134 plate appearances dating back to Opening Day 2017.
Pujols is in the seventh season of a mammoth 10-year, $240MM contract that calls for him to earn $28MM in 2019, $29MM in 2020 and $30MM in 2021. In addition to the remaining $87MM in guaranteed money beyond the current campaign, he also earned a $3MM bonus upon reaching 3,000 hits earlier this season.