Mark Trumbo got his first taste of playing third base Wednesday, but that's really all it was a taste.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia was fine with it. He wanted Trumbo, who is recovering gradually from a stress fracture in his right foot, to get a feel for the position because he plans to use him at third for as many as 50 games this season.
Trumbo had a big rookie season, leading the team with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs, but he's currently without a position. He played 149 games at first base in 2011, but the addition of Albert Pujols left him without a place to play.
The outfield, where Trumbo played 11 games last season, is also out of the question at least for now. The Angels are set with Vernon Wells in left, Peter Bourjos in center and Torri Hunter in right, with 20-year-old Mike Trout waiting in the wings.
What's left? Trumbo probably will be used some at designated hitter, but the Angels also want to see if he can transition across the diamond at third.
So far, so good.