Angels rookie Mark Trumbo is congratulated in the dugout after hitting… (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty…)
In the waning days of the season, there was more bad news for the Angels and their leading run producer, Mark Trumbo.
A series of tests Monday revealed a stress fracture of the navicular bone in the right foot of the rookie first baseman, an injury that will not require surgery but will keep Trumbo out of the lineup for the last games of the season.
"Of course I'm disappointed, but it's one of those things," said Trumbo, who arrived at Angel Stadium as his teammates took the field for batting practice before Monday night's game against Texas.
"It started about a month and a half ago with a dull pain, and then it moved to the top of my foot. It got to the point in recent days where I felt I was compromised on defense. That's when I decided to say something."
Trumbo, who has a chance to become the Angels' first American League rookie of the year since Tim Salmon in 1993, finishes the season with a .254 average and a team-leading 29 home runs and 87 runs batted in.
If those marks hold up, Trumbo would be the first rookie in franchise history to lead the team in home runs and RBIs and the first major league rookie to do it since Jody Gerut with the Cleveland Indians in 2003.
Trumbo hoped to play winter ball in Venezuela with an eye toward a possible move to the outfield or third base to accommodate the potential 2012 return of injured first baseman Kendrys Morales, a slugger whose loss was eased by Trumbo's superb season.
But Trumbo, whose foot will probably be placed in a walking boot and who is supposed to avoid rigorous activity for at least six weeks, has already scrapped those plans.
Though his foot has bothered him off and on for six weeks, the injury was not revealed until Saturday night, when Trumbo was pulled from a game against Oakland in the seventh inning.
Trumbo struck out in his only three at-bats Sunday and was again pulled from the game against the Athletics in the seventh inning.
Since he hit his 29th homer Sept. 20, Trumbo was three for 20 (.150) with six strikeouts.
"It got a little better with activity, but every game it flared up, and there would be a dull throb the rest of the game," said Trumbo, who was voted by teammates as the Angels' most valuable player. "It got to the point where I felt limited, and that could cost us if I couldn't get to a ball I needed to get to."
With Trumbo out, Manager Mike Scioscia moved second baseman Howie Kendrick to first base and started Maicer Izturis at second against the Rangers. … Texas ace C.J. Wilson, who is scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the division series Friday, started Monday night but was pulled after two innings. He allowed no runs, two hits and two walks with no strikeouts in 38 pitches.… The Angels entered Monday with an AL-leading 3.54 team earned-run average, just ahead of Tampa Bay (3.59). The Angels have never led the league in ERA.