Albert Pujols didn't drop that spring-training "best-shape-of-my-life" cliche into his conversation with reporters upon arriving at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday, but the Angels first baseman was clearly in the best shape he has been in since 2013. Free of the shackles of physical therapy for the first time in four offseasons, the 38-year-old slugger said he lost about 15 pounds with the help of a new training regimen, and he appeared much leaner than he did at the end of the 2017 season. For Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani to start at designated hitter two or three times a week, Pujols, who was limited by foot injuries to 34 games at first base in 2016 and 2017, must play the field two or three times a week. He appears physically ready for that, and more. "I'm in better shape, for sure," Pujols said. "This is just part of getting myself healthy, being able to play the game." Pujols was listed at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds last season, but he wouldn't say what weight he is reporting at this year.
Albert Pujols looks like a new man on his first day at Angels camp
Los Angeles Times | Feb 16