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Slow recovery from foot injury delays Mark Trumbo’s potential move to third base

Nov 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

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Mark Trumbo said earlier this week that the Angels wanted him to work with bench coach Rob Picciolo this offseason in order to see if he could be an option at third base, but those plans will have to be put on hold for now.

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that a foot and and ankle specialist told Trumbo that the stress fracture in his right foot needs at least another month to heal. The American League Rookie of the Year candidate was shut down during the final week of the regular season due to the injury.

“We’re still going to proceed with caution,” said Trumbo. “I’m a bit disappointed, but these are the experts. They feel it would be wise to give this ample time to get better.”

Trumbo, 25, stepped in admirably at first base for the Angels this season, batting .254/.291/.477 with 25 home runs, 87 RBI and a .768 OPS over 573 plate appearances. However, with Kendrys Morales on the comeback trail from a second surgery on his troublesome left ankle and the outfield and DH spots crowded enough that top prospect Mike Trout could begin the 2012 season in the minors, Trumbo may struggle to receive regular at-bats moving forward.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the experiment isn’t to see if Trumbo can be a full-time third baseman, but rather a “50-game third baseman.” That may be wishful thinking, though. Trumbo has never played a game at third base professionally and many believe his lack of range will be an issue. That he’s coming off a foot injury probably doesn’t help matters.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 12, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    He is not a third baseman and I couldnt see him playing 50 games there. But most fantasy baseball ppl will be very very happy if he gets 5 games there.

    • D.J. Short - Nov 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Ha, I agree with that.

  2. hittfamily - Nov 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    I am glad you brought up all the road blocks for their young players. With Morales, Trumbo, Wells, Abreau, Hunter, Borjous and Trout all vying for 5 spots, moving Borjous and Morales/Trumbo makes sense. As a Rays fan, I’d like to see them get in on that bidding. What would it take for the Angels to move Borjous and one of the 1st baseman. Morales only has 1 year of team contol left, and has missed 2 years in a row, so I doubt he has much value. Would Wade Davis and a mid level prospect get both Boujos and Morales? If not, what would it take?

  3. kpow55 - Nov 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Why not give it a try in Az this spring? If he can be effective, he is better than any FA pickup. Keep one of your own and more roster maneuverability. Hell stick Vernon over there and make room for Trout.

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