It has become one of the questions surrounding the Angels as they've stumbled to a 4-7 start: Why isn't Mark Trumbo playing more?
The young slugger led the team with 29 home runs and 87 RBI last season and finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. However, he was displaced from first base by the signing of Albert Pujols. The plan was to get Trumbo playing time instead at a variety of positions -- as a backup to Pujols at first base, and as an occasional designated hitter, third baseman and corner outfielder.
But 11 games into the season, Trumbo has started just five times -- three times at third base, where he made three errors, and twice at DH. He didn't play Tuesday in the Angels' 5-3 loss to the A's.
"You might know more than I do on that one," Trumbo said when asked by reporters before Tuesday's game if he had any idea what manager Mike Scioscia had in mind for his playing time.
"Going into things, I knew I probably wouldn't be playing every day, and ...