TEMPE, Ariz. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Mark Trumbo was cleared to begin running and working out more aggressively at third base, a development that could give the team a more powerful look this season.
Trumbo entered spring training rehabilitating from a stress fracture in his right foot, but a CT scan Tuesday night indicated the injury had fully healed. Until now, Trumbo’s work at third base had been confined to fielding ground balls hit directly at him.
“I am cleared to do anything I need to do, so that was the news I was looking for,” Trumbo said.
Trumbo, 26, led the Angels with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs and finished second in rookie of the year voting last year, but the signing of superstar Albert Pujols displaced him from his position.
The Angels are hoping Trumbo can play third base, outfield and designated hitter this season so that he and Pujols can play at the same time.
“We’re excited about the versatility, because if we can get him in the lineup for 100 to 120 games, that’s going to be a lot of at-bats where he’s going to contribute,” manager Mike Scioscia said.
Meanwhile, Kendrys Morales is further along in his recovery from a fractured left ankle than he was last spring. If he is healthy, eight months after a second surgery on his ankle, he figures to be the Angels’ everyday designated hitter.
Pujols, Trumbo and Morales could give the Angels their most powerful lineup in Scioscia’s 13 season in Anaheim.
“There’s no doubt [Morales] is just in a different position now than he was last year,” Scioscia said.
Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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