Pujols still on target for opening day return

February 26, 2013, 4:39 PM

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TEMPE, Ariz. — Albert Pujols is nearly ready to start running on the field in the Los Angeles Angels slugger’s deliberate recovery from off-season surgery on his right knee.

Pujols is taking batting practice and running on a treadmill at spring training, and he participated in fielding drills Tuesday. He’s expected to start running on the field later this week. The $240 million first baseman isn’t expected to play in a Cactus League game until mid-March, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has no doubt Pujols will be ready for opening day.

Pujols is the Angels’ only position player who hasn’t played a game in spring training yet. New right fielder Josh Hamilton debuted for Los Angeles against Arizona on Tuesday.

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