Angels’ slugger Albert Pujols is having a hard time staying healthy these days.
According to MLB.com’s Angels beat reporter Alden Gonzalez, Pujols is reportedly nurturing a swollen lymph node in his right groin, and it’s said to only be aggravating him when he runs, but not when he hits.
Pujols has reportedly been dealing with it since Wednesday.
Albert Pujols is dealing with a swollen lymph node, which has been bothering him since Wednesday and pulled on him before touching second.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 29, 2014
Pujols apparently hadn’t been irritated that much by it, but in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, he was seen visibly limping back to the dugout in the top of the sixth inning.
Hammering a liner down into the left field corner, Pujols was scampering to second base when he pulled up, and was sequentially thrown out because of it. Immediately following, Pujols grimaced, and jogged back to the dugout.
In fact, when he was caught in between sliding and running through the bag Sunday, it was the first occasion in which Pujols actually felt pain from the lymph node, per Gonzalez.
Pujols said this following Sunday’s outing – per Gonzalez:
“They’re not concerned about it and I’m not, either. It doesn’t bother me to hit, and that was the first time it bothered me running, when I tried to stop. But I don’t think it’s something to be concerned about.”
Pujols was checked by athletic trainer Adam Nevala, and the injury doesn’t seem to concerning; however, with Pujols’ recent ailment issues over the past two seasons, I’m sure the Angels will keep an eye on it.