ANAHEIM -- On July 17, Angels manager Mike Scioscia finally decided to commit to Mark Trumbo as his full-time cleanup hitter behind Albert Pujols, dropping designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the No. 5 spot. That lasted less than a month. On Monday, for the series opener against the Indians, the surging Morales was back in the No. 4 spot against righty Justin Masterson, with the slumping Trumbo moving back to fifth.
Morales, with a better feel for the bat since going without batting gloves and a better feel for pitches with more repetition, is batting .372 (16-for-43) with six homers and 12 RBIs over his last 10 starts. Trumbo, meanwhile, hit .213 with a .278 on-base percentage while slugging .360 after being placed in the cleanup spot. Asked if he feels Trumbo put too much pressure on himself to produce as the full-time cleanup hitter, Scioscia said: "He has a sense of urgency when it comes to production. Maybe he was taking too much on. But I don't know if that's the whole story. I think, at times, you're going to go through the ebbs and flows of a season, you're going to maybe have your ups and downs, and right now it's a little bit of a down turn." Trumbo will probably continue to bat cleanup against lefties, which usually prompts the switch-hitting Morales to sit.