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Pujols was playing at '45 percent'

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07:21 AM ET 08.02 | The walking boot Albert Pujols wore Thursday belied his good spirits. [The Angels' slugger] wants to be back before the end of the season. Pujols will not have surgery on the foot; the tear naturally accomplished what the surgical procedure would've done invasively. He expects to be off the boot in three weeks -- around Aug. 20 -- and will take it from there. ... Asked if the standings would impact his decision to come back, Pujols said: "That's a selfish question. I don't look at it like that. I get paid to play this game. ... I was already playing 45 percent this year. Even if I feel 55 percent that I can come back and play, I'm going to be out there and playing because I love this game and I grew up playing this game and I'm going to do the best I can to help this organization win."

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August 2, 2013  08:12 AM ET

.....for the last couple of yrs. He's done - over the hill.

August 2, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Always receives 100% of salary though

August 2, 2013  08:33 AM ET
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Given his stats, I would have guessed 33 percent.The Cardinals are looking smarter every day.

got that right. they haven't missed him one bit.

August 2, 2013  08:48 AM ET

55% may just be the best the Angels are going to get out of Albert.

August 2, 2013  09:53 AM ET

Now it's easy to see why the Angels have been under-performing so badly this year, with Albert Pujols playing at only 45% and Josh Hamilton playing at 90 proof.

August 2, 2013  10:05 AM ET

I feel like him saying that he'd play at 55% is more selfish than looking at the standings. The Angels are done this season so it would serve him best to rest up, get back to 100% (which from reports I've read he's not been since 2004 or something when this first became an issue) and help his team next season.

August 2, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Thanks Arte for taking number 5 and letting us sign 50 and 4 long term and getting Michael Wacha for your boy Albert in a draft pick.

August 2, 2013  10:24 AM ET
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Now it's easy to see why the Angels have been under-performing so badly this year, with Albert Pujols playing at only 45% and Josh Hamilton playing at 90 proof.

+1

August 2, 2013  10:25 AM ET

A player, even the caliber of albert puljos, playing at 45 or 55 % does not help team. it only helps his ego. Albert should stay out remainder of season. spend off season taking whatever treatment is required and get foot healthy if possible and be ready to start next season healthy and f ready to go.

August 2, 2013  01:03 PM ET

Stick a Fork in Him!!!!

August 2, 2013  01:36 PM ET

Pujols may yet surpass A-Roid for worst contract ever. But Carl Crawford is still in the mix too.

August 2, 2013  02:12 PM ET
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Pujols may yet surpass A-Roid for worst contract ever. But Carl Crawford is still in the mix too.

I'll put Mike Hampton's, Barry Zito's and John Lackey's right up there as well in the all-time top 5.

August 2, 2013  02:17 PM ET
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Stick a Fork in Him!!!!

Either that or a needle.

August 2, 2013  02:29 PM ET

Was he getting paid at 45%?

August 2, 2013  03:03 PM ET
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I'll put Mike Hampton's, Barry Zito's and John Lackey's right up there as well in the all-time top 5.

Albert Belle disagrees.

August 2, 2013  03:41 PM ET
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A player, even the caliber of albert puljos, playing at 45 or 55 % does not help team. it only helps his ego. Albert should stay out remainder of season. spend off season taking whatever treatment is required and get foot healthy if possible and be ready to start next season healthy and f ready to go.

Some HGH could help his cause. Just sayin'...

August 2, 2013  04:16 PM ET
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got that right. they haven't missed him one bit.

Wait until the postseason. No Albert, no rings.

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August 2, 2013  04:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

A player, even the caliber of albert puljos, playing at 45 or 55 % does not help team. it only helps his ego. Albert should stay out remainder of season. spend off season taking whatever treatment is required and get foot healthy if possible and be ready to start next season healthy and f ready to go.

How does playing hurt "help his ego"? That's moronic.

I understand the idea of sitting out and getting healthy for next season, but if he can play (and wants to play.) Play. Don't criticize him for it. You would applaud any player who played hurt to help his team.

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