Angels don’t expect Pujols for opener


The Los Angeles Angels are preparing to start the regular season without injured slugger Albert Pujols.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday the three-time NL MVP is doing some swinging, but still faces a long recovery following November surgery on his right foot.

Scioscia said team doctors expect Pujols won’t be ready for the April 4 opener against the Chicago Cubs, although Scioscia wouldn’t completely rule it out.