ANAHEIM -- It's situations like these -- with Torii Hunter on the restricted list to handle a personal matter, and the team unsure of his return date -- when Mark Trumbo's value to the Angels only grows. Trumbo started in right field for Monday's series opener against the A's, and will likely continue to do so until Hunter rejoins the ballclub. And thanks to that, the Angels won't lose too much offensively. Trumbo may still be a project at third base, but through unmatched work ethic and a positive attitude, he has made himself suitable at five positions for manager Mike Scioscia -- both corner-infield spots, both corner-outfield spots and designated hitter.
"Mark has a terrific attitude about it," Scioscia said. "... He understands the situation, he's a good athlete and he's shown well in the corner outfields and first base and he's picking up third base, and we'll see how it goes." Trumbo came into Monday's series opener against the Athletics leading the Angels in batting average (.321), homers (six), RBIs (16) and OPS (1.013). Usually, moving around so much tends to have a negative impact on one's production at the plate -- especially for someone in his second year in the big leagues. Not so with Trumbo. At least not yet. "Mark's pretty focused," Scioscia said. "Whether he's playing right field he's focused, or whether he's playing third base he's focused. On the defensive side, he's thinking about one thing, that's making plays. And then the other part works out for itself."