While Pujols has dealt with plantar fasciitis through much of his career, the condition was worse than ever in 2013. In late July, it was revealed that he had suffered a partial tear of his fascia that would require surgery. While Pujols could have played through the pain and undergone surgery in the offseason, he elected to get the procedure done early, a move that cost him the last two months of the season.
"I look back on it positively. If I would've done the surgery after the season, I would've been out of any baseball activities for four to five months," Pujols said Tuesday on ESPN Deportes radio. "Since it happened when it did, I had six, seven weeks out. I missed the season, but at least I now feel 100 percent, where I can do the things I want to do to prepare for 2014."
Pujols also said that his knee feels good, and that he is doing normal rehab on it to keep limber. He had arthroscopic surgery on the knee before the 2013 season. Pujols is entering just the third season of a 10-year, $240 million contract, of which he is still owed $212 million. The 33-year-old hit .258/.330/.437 with 17 home runs over 99 games before having surgery.
"I feel really happy," Pujols said. "Last year … it was a really tough year for me physically, in terms of recovering. But now I feel really good, really excellent. With the foot, I feel 99.9 percent healthy."