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Mark Trumbo's foot injury still hasn't healed

Stress fracture will push Angels slugger's rehabilitation up to the start of spring training.

January 04, 2012|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels Mark Trumbo stays on his knees after being tagged out at first base against the Dodgers on June 24.
Angels Mark Trumbo stays on his knees after being tagged out at first base… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

Mark Trumbo said Wednesday that the stress fracture in his right foot will take about five months to heal, a timetable that will push the Angels slugger's rehabilitation to the start of spring training in late February.

When Trumbo was diagnosed with the injury in late September, he said he hoped to resume baseball activities by mid-November. But after being examined Nov. 11 by Dr. Philip Kwong, a foot-and-ankle specialist, Trumbo was told to rest the foot for at least another month.

Now that timetable has been extended. Trumbo is several weeks from resuming baseball activities.

The snag will delay a potential move from first base to third for Trumbo, who hit 29 home runs and drove in 87 runs as a rookie in 2011 but needs to relocate because of the signing of Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $250-million deal.

"I don't think I had a complete picture of the extent of the injury when we first talked about this in late September," Trumbo said. "It takes about five months to completely heal. But I'm about 31/2 months in, we've been adding more and more activities, and everything is right where it needs to be."

With Pujols at first and Kendrys Morales potentially returning from a broken left ankle that has sidelined him for 11/2 years, Trumbo could be fighting for at-bats this season.

His name has popped up in trade rumors, "but I'm not scouring [the Internet] for the latest information," Trumbo said. "I'm an Angel, and I'm committed to this team."

mike.digiovanna@latimes.com

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