Slugger Mark Trumbo's transition to third base hit a brief snag when he took a groundball off the nose and had to cut short his workout Friday morning.
The ball came off the fungo bat of coach Rob Picciolo and hit the lip of the infield grass, according to Jorge Cantu, who was standing nearby. A trainer applied a towel to Trumbo's nose and he was carted off to the Angels spring-training clubhouse, where he lay on the trainer's table with gauze stuffed in his nostrils.
He doesn't anticipate missing any time.
"If you play infield, it's going to happen sometimes," Trumbo said.
Trumbo, 26, was displaced from his natural position, first base, when the Angels signed Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $250 million contract in December. He has been working out at third base for the last few weeks with Picciolo. Trumbo was the Rookie of the Year runner-up last season, when he batted .254 with 31 doubles, 29 home runs and 87 RBIs.
The Angels have a glut of first basemen this spring with Pujols, Trumbo, Kendrys Morales and Cantu in camp.