Halos think Trumbo can handle jump to No. 5

Halos think Trumbo can handle jump to No. 5

Halos think Trumbo can handle jump to No. 5
NEW YORK -- For much of the season, Angels manager Mike Scioscia has been hesitant to move Mark Trumbo up in the lineup despite the rookie slugger's power display amid a low-scoring offense.

This week at Yankee Stadium, Scioscia may have found his first opportunity.

The Angels skipper hinted on Tuesday that it may be time for a change and moved Trumbo to the No. 5 spot in the order from his regular sixth or seventh spot.

"We scored four runs in the last series and fortunately won two games," Scioscia said. "If we score four runs in this series, I don't know if we'll be feeling the same way."

Trumbo, who entered Tuesday's series opener with a team-high 22 home runs and 63 RBIs, could become the first Angels rookie to lead the club in both categories.

Still, Scioscia admitted he has wanted to avoid putting more pressure on the young first baseman. But the Angels skipper said the time has come to make an adjustment in the order.

"I think the one thing we've been a little guarded about is not putting too much on Mark right now, being a young guy," Scioscia said. "But going into this last third of the season, if he can do more of what he's doing and connecting with guys on base, it might make us more productive."