Why is Mark Trumbo sitting again?

April, 17, 2012
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He leads the Angels in on-base percentage (.474), slugging (.750) and is tied for the lead in home runs (two) in fewer than half the at-bats of other players on the roster. Yet Mark Trumbo was not in the lineup either of the past two nights.

There must be some explanation why a power hitter batting .375 and gradually mastering the art of plate discipline can't get everyday at-bats, right? It appears the Angels just aren't as comfortable with using him at third base as they hoped to be.

Since Trumbo made his third error at the new position eight days ago, he has made just one start at third (and two at designated hitter). Trumbo took extra infield practice Tuesday in front of manager Mike Scioscia and infield instructor Alfredo Griffin.

Alberto Callaspo, batting .105 in 19 at-bats, started at third Tuesday vs. the Oakland A's. Trumbo said a plan for how often he'll be playing hasn't been laid out to him by Scioscia or the coaches.

"You might know more than I do on that one," Trumbo said.

"Going into things, I knew I probably wouldn’t be playing every day and that’s exactly what’s panned out. I don’t have any resentment or anything," Trumbo said. "It’s just the way things are working."

Scioscia said he hasn't given up on the Trumbo-to-third project.

"We want to get Trumbo in there as much as possible. Nothing's changed from spring training," Scioscia said. "Right now, there are some guys that look like they're about to break out that we want to keep playing in the lineup."

Here are the rest of the lineups:

Oakland

Jemile Weeks 2B

Coco Crisp LF

Josh Reddick RF

Yoenis Cespedes CF

Seth Smith DH

Kurt Suzuki C

Daric Barton 1B

Josh Donaldson 3B

Cliff Pennington SS

Angels

Erick Aybar SS

Howie Kendrick 2B

Albert Pujols 1B

Kendrys Morales DH

Torii Hunter RF

Vernon Wells LF

Callaspo 3B

Chris Iannetta C

Peter Bourjos CF

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
C.J. Wilson
WINS ERA SO IP
2 4.21 28 25
OTHER LEADERS
BAM. Trout .315
HRA. Pujols 8
RBIA. Pujols 20
RM. Trout 17
OPSA. Pujols .976
ERAG. Richards 2.52
SOC. Wilson 28