Around the Halo - Angels News and Notes
Mark Trumbo has not only been working extremely hard at third base he has also been trying to transition from right-field to left-field. Mike Scioscia while talking about Trumbo's versatility said the slugger is "more comfortable as a right-fielder".
As for the third-base experiment it is not over but perhaps on a holding pattern. The Angels still believe he can become an everyday third baseman. For whatever reason the poise Trumbo showed in Tempe has not yet joined him in Anaheim.
With Maicer Izturis off to a robust .333/.440 start it should be no surprise if he gets the majority of starts at third while Trumbo is worked into the lineup against left handed pitchers at designated hitter, corner outfield or first base.
Incumbent right-fielder Torii Hunter had meeting with Mike Scioscia about seeing more time at designated hitter to keep the 36 year-olds legs fresh.
While everyone is focused on Albert Pujols first Angels home run what they may not have noticed is Albert is hitting the ball hard. Currently in the midst of a 9 game hitting streak, Pujols had a 3 double game on Thursday against the Athletics coming just inches from his first homer of the year.
With very hittable left-hander Brian Matusz on the mound Friday night it would seem to be "advantage Pujols".
Erick Aybar and the Angels agreed to a 4 year $35 million dollar extension keeping the home grown short-stop in the Angels family until 2016.
The Oakland Athletics have claimed RHP Rich Thompson off waivers.