Bourjos on Pujols, Morales, Trumbo
Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos has an interesting perspective on the first-base logjam the Angels now have. He’s good friends with Mark Trumbo, has been spending some time with Kendrys Morales in Arizona and, like so many of us, was absolutely stunned when he found out his club had signed Albert Pujols.
Bourjos was originally going to play Winter Ball, but opted against it after nursing hip and groin ailments towards the end of the season. Now, Bourjos is in Arizona, working out at Fit-Life and (along with Morales) rehabbing at Physiotherapy Associates. Bourjos now says his hip feels “the best it’s felt in a long time.” Next week, he plans on running — he originally tried about a month ago, but his hip flared up and he shut it down — and re-starting baseball activities, essentially putting him on normal schedule.
I’ll have more on Bourjos (pictured left by The Associated Press) later this week, but for now, here’s what he said about the Angels’ first basemen …
On how Morales looks: “He looks real good. He’s in real good shape, and he looks like he’s moving around real good. I think he’s been hitting a little bit in the cage. I see him every other day, and he says his ankle is feeling really good.”
On whether he’s confident he’ll run at full speed this spring: “I think so. Right now, obviously, you never know what’s going to happen. I think he’s still in the treadmill and everything. But he says it feels a lot better than it did last year at the same point, so I think he’s hoping that everything goes well. And I hope so, too, because he’s going to be a big part of the team.”
On his reaction to Pujols: “Yeah, I was shocked about Pujols. I was thinking that we’d probably get C.J. [Wilson], just because he might fit more with the budget, just because of everything Arte [Moreno] had said about the budget and keeping it at $140 [million]. So I said, ‘All right, C.J. will fit good there.’ And I just kind of dismissed us getting Pujols just because of how much money it was and the track record of us missing out on the big free agents, whether it was [Carl] Crawford or [Mark] Teixeira or just guys like that. The night before [on Wednesday] … I went to bed, and I woke up with my phone ringing and I look. My buddies are texting me that we signed Pujols and I was like, ‘Holy cow!’ I was shocked. But at the same time, I was really excited and happy. I couldnt’ go back to bed. It was like 8 in the morning.”
On if Pujols instantly makes them a title contender: “Yeah, I think so. I think the last couple of years since Kendrys went down, we were missing that big bat in the middle of the lineup. He’ll fit in there with any team. But it’s going to be great with all those guys helping in the middle of the order, and I think he’s going to help out the whole lineup in general. It just makes our whole team better.”
On whether Trumbo can play third base on an everyday basis: “I think so. I’ve seen him since he was 18 — because he signed in ’04, I signed in ’05 — and he’s come so far with his bat. And defensively, too. He works his butt off. I think if he puts his mind to it, he can do it. He’s a hard worker, he’s a bulldog, he’s going to get after it, and I honestly think that he can go out there and do it. I know that he’s going to start at some point after the holidays, start working. He works his tail off, so I don’t see any reason why he can’t make that adjustment. He has a tremendous arm, too, so that’s going to help him out over there.”