The Anaheim Angels' slugger made the decision to sit out for the rest of the season on Monday, despite the fact that he'd hoped to return in September, whether or not the team was in serious playoff contention.
That's not the case anymore. Pujols said:
"It's not an easy decision, as competitive as I am. But I also understand that we (need) to look beyond the season. It was a decision of the organization, Arte and Jerry, because I don't make a decision here. I put my uniform on and get ready to play. They said, 'This is what's best for the organization in the long run,' and they came and brought it to me. And I just told them, 'Whatever you guys want to do, I'm all for it.' It's definitely hard, as I want to be out there, but I also understand that I can't be selfish and put myself out there. Just look at it. Unless in two weeks something happens and we're only two or three games out ... is it worth it to come back and put yourself in a situation where you take that risk? Or just wait six or seven months and get yourself ready for spring training? That's the decision we all came to."
Manager Mike Scioscia chimed in as well, adding:
"The doctors think it's the best course of action. For Albert, everything would have to have been perfectly aligned for him to come back and play. I think by trying to get to that level, maybe there were some things that would have been at risk in setting the healing process back. I think that it's a decision that everyone can be at peace with and get everyone ready for next year."
This is blow for the Angels, since they've gotten nothing but lackluster play out of Pujols after he signed a $240 million deal with the team.
On the same coin, it might be best for him to take this time, get his body and mind together, and maybe he can be just as good as he once was.