Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — A CT scan showed the stress fracture in Mark Trumbo’s right foot has healed enough for him to resume full baseball activities, a development that will accelerate the Angels slugger’s transition from first base to third.
Trumbo, who hit .254 with a team-leading 29 home runs and 87 runs batted in last season, had been confined to batting practice and grounders hit at him. Wednesday, he began a running program and started taking grounders hit to each side.
If Trumbo, who will also play first base, designated hitter and some right field, develops into an adequate third baseman, the Angels will be able to combine his power with that of Albert Pujols and Kendrys Morales in the same lineup.
“We’re excited about his versatility,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “If we can get his bat in the lineup for 100-120 games, that’s going to be a lot of at-bats where he’s going to contribute.”
Scioscia has always placed a premium on defense, and the Angels have two excellent gloves at third in Alberto Callaspo and Maicer Izturis. But Trumbo’s inexperience might be minimized by pairing him with Angels pitchers and opposing teams whose spray charts show less action at third.
“You try to get the maximum amount of offense with defensive continuity,” Scioscia said. “You don’t want to break up defensive continuity, because you’d be playing Russian roulette to try to win a game or build a team. We want [Trumbo] swinging the bat, and we’re going to find that balance.”
Morales on the run
Morales, sidelined for a year and a half because of a broken left ankle, is running cuts in the outfield and said he will start running the bases next week. Last spring, he never progressed past running in a straight line.
“Every day I’m feeling better,” Morales said through an interpreter. “My strength is getting better, I’m getting better push off my legs, and I’ve had no next-day soreness.”