Pujols day to day after being hit in foot by pitch

Slugger stayed in game, was pinch-hit for next inning

Pujols day to day after being hit in foot by pitch

MESA, Ariz. -- Albert Pujols exited Friday's 11-3 win over the A's in the top of the fourth, one inning after taking a breaking ball to his surgically repaired right foot. The team later diagnosed him with a bruise and listed him as day to day.

Pujols was plunked by A's starter Sean Manaea to lead off the third and walked gingerly to first base, but remained in the game and momentarily ran the bases after being checked on. When his turn came up the next inning, though, Johnny Giavotella was brought off the bench to pinch-hit.

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Pujols underwent surgery to repair the plantar plate of his right foot last November, alleviating the continual pain he nursed throughout the month of September. The 36-year-old has only made starts at designated hitter this spring, but has worked out at first base during defensive drills.

Manaea's pitch plunked Pujols directly on his surgical scar, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he "should be OK." 

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