Just when Albert Pujols' knee was nearly crossed off the list of medical questions for the Angels, there is a new wrinkle.

After Pujols played his first innings of the spring in the field Tuesday, Manager Mike Scioscia revealed that his slugger has also been battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Pujols had already declared himself "ready" for opening day and then left the ballpark before Scioscia mentioned the foot issue, which the manager proceeded to downplay.

"I don't think it's anything we are concerned about," Scioscia said. "The fact that his knee is OK gives us a little comfort."

Pujols had brief bouts with plantar fasciitis in 2004, 2005 and 2006, but he never went on the disabled list because of the condition.

Pujols had surgery on his right knee last October. Although it was said to be a minor cleanup, the Angels had been moving slowly with Pujols, waiting until the final two weeks of spring training before he reached the last milestone in his rehab, playing defense.

In five innings at first base of Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Pujols did not field a ground ball or take a difficult throw.

"I would have loved to get a couple ground balls, but I don't have to test it," Pujols said. "I know I feel good."

Pujols said the toughest test will be if he has to jump to make a play. As for running, he said he thinks he has enough speed to score from first on a double or from second on a single. He also said he's feeling better at the plate than he did at the end of last season, when he played through the injury.

"I feel like I'm ready to go if opening day was tomorrow," Pujols said.

Pujols said he's expecting to be the designated hitter Wednesday and play first base Thursday, which would make three consecutive games for the first time all spring.