PHOENIX — Angels left-hander Jason Vargas was tagged for five runs and eight hits, including two home runs, in 5 1/3 innings of Tuesday’s 6-1 exhibition loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale Park.
First baseman Albert Pujols, who has been eased into action this spring after undergoing right-knee surgery last October, played five innings on defense, the first time he has played the field this spring.
Though he didn’t field any line drives or ground balls — the extent of his work in the field was to catch two throws from infielders on grounders — Pujols declared himself fit for the team’s April 1 season opener at Cincinnati.
“It felt great,” Pujols said. “I could play nine innings at first base right now.”
However, after the game, Manager Mike Scioscia revealed Pujols has been dealing with a little plantar fasciitis in his left foot, an inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot that can be quite bothersome — especially for larger athletes — and linger for weeks or even months.