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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Mark Trumbo sits again... this time due to illness

By Mark Saxon

A #FreeMarkTrumbo movement has been started on Twitter by some Angels fans baffled by the lack of playing time for the young slugger.

Wednesday shouldn't provide much fodder for the movement, because Trumbo was benched not because of his shaky defense at third base, but because he showed up at Angel Stadium with flu-like symptoms. In an interview on ESPNLA's Mason and Ireland show, Scioscia indicated Trumbo would start at designated hitter Thursday against Oakland A's left-hander Tommy Milone.

General manager Jerry Dipoto is aware he has a glut of players looking for playing time, but not finding it an easy situation to resolve. For one thing, the trade market really hasn't shaped up as teams wait until the standings shift out before making impact moves.

"We will find ways to get Mark his at-bats. Third base is obviously still a work in progress," Dipoto said. "We knew there would be a plate appearance pinch for a couple of guys and Mark is one of them."

Here are the lineups for Wednesday, with manager Mike Scioscia giving slumping Erick Aybar (0-for-15) a day off and trying Bobby Abreu at the leadoff spot for the first time since 2010:

Oakland

Jemile Weeks 2B

Cliff Pennington SS

Josh Reddick RF

Yoenis Cespedes CF

Seth Smith DH

Jonny Gomes LF

Daric Barton 1B

Kurt Suzuki C

Eric Sogard 3B

Angels

Abreu LF

Howie Kendrick 2B

Albert Pujols 1B

Kendrys Morales DH

Torii Hunter RF

Vernon Wells CF

Maicer Izturis SS

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Bobby Wilson C