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Angels, Trumbo hope errors don't leave mental scars

April 07, 2012|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels third baseman Mark Trumbo misjudges a foul pop fly in the sixth inning Friday night against the Royals.
Angels third baseman Mark Trumbo misjudges a foul pop fly in the sixth inning… (Mark Boster / Los Angeles…)

The two errors he made in his third-base debut Friday night were difficult enough for Mark Trumbo to absorb, but a bigger concern for the Angels and the converted first baseman could be the mental scars left by the rocky performance.

 “I’d be lying if I said otherwise,” Trumbo said Saturday when asked if his confidence was shaken a bit. “It’s not that I don’t have confidence in myself, but I know how hard pitchers work to get those outs, and any time you don’t pick them up, I feel as bad as anybody.

“I take a lot of pride in contributing on multiple levels, and when you’re not able to do that, it leaves a real sour taste. But I have to use it as motivation to try to get better.”

Trumbo singled during a five-run eighth, but it was hard to relish his contribution to a season-opening 5-0 win over the Royals after committing a throwing error in the second and over-running a foul popup that dropped near the on-deck circle in the seventh, miscues that forced Jered Weaver to throw 14 extra pitches.

“I don’t think jitters played much of a part,” said Trumbo, who had never played third in any of his seven professional seasons. “The mistakes I made were purely physical. They weren’t due to lack of preparation or planning.”

Both errors provided lessons for Trumbo, who was not in Saturday’s lineup.

“I made a good play on the grounder and pulled my throw a bit—maybe I need to pick up the target a little better,” said Trumbo, who led the team with 29 homers and 87 runs batted in last season but was pushed off first by Albert Pujols.

“The popup, I got used to the way ball comes off the bat at first, but it’s always going to come back toward me at third. So maybe I can’t be as aggressive with my route. I need to ease my way in there.”


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