Trumbo plays in finale despite intermittent pain

Trumbo plays in finale despite intermittent pain

Trumbo plays in finale despite intermittent pain
ANAHEIM -- It wasn't until about an hour before game time on Sunday that Angels manager Mike Scioscia got the word from the training staff that Rookie of the Year candidate Mark Trumbo would be able to play in the series finale against the A's at Angel Stadium.

Trumbo has been dealing with intermittent pain in his right ankle for about a month, Scioscia said. He added that it's rare for a player not to feel some sort of discomfort in the final week of a 162-game regular season.

"He's been dealing with it off and on for a month," Scioscia said. "It's nothing he couldn't manage."

Trumbo has gone deep twice against Sunday's starter Rich Harden this season in six at-bats. He homered off him once in Angel Stadium and once in Oakland on the recently concluded road trip.

Vernon Wells also has homered twice against Harden in 22 career at-bats. He's hitting .318 against the hard-throwing right-hander.

Maicer Izturis, who is 3-for-22 (.136) in his career against Harden, was the odd man out in the lineup, taking his clutch bat to the bench for late-inning opportunities.