Trumbo cleared to take on full baseball activities
Mark Trumbo got the news he had been searching for all offseason on Wednesday morning, when a CT scan revealed his right foot had healed to the point where he can start running and get more aggressive with his work at third base.
Trumbo, who had been limited in his offseason and early spring work because of a stress fracture in that foot, will progress into full-on baseball activities, beginning with doing some agility drills and taking groundballs side-to-side on Wednesday, then probably fielding slow rollers by the end of the week.
The Angels start their Cactus League schedule next week, with a Monday split-squad game at the Athletics’ facility, but Trumbo isn’t sure when he’ll start playing in exhibition games just yet.
“It’s not smart just to get back into it and go full bore, maybe hurt something else,” said Trumbo, who was cleared after seeing Dr. Phil Kwong in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “But I am cleared to do anything I need to. That’s the news I was hoping for.”
Trumbo anticipated a mid-November return to baseball activities when he was originally diagnosed with the foot injury in late September, but was told at that point to stay off it for an extra month. Then, a CT scan he underwent just before the new year revealed that the crack in his foot was still large enough that he would need a few more weeks to heal.
Up until Tuesday’s visit, Trumbo had been taking batting practice but had been limited to just fielding groundballs hit directly at him.
“There’s still a progression,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think the perfect-case scenario was that he would’ve already had two weeks of working at third base aggressively. It’s one thing taking ground balls at third base, but the aggressiveness that he’s going to need to get acclimated and to be able to be evaluated is a much higher level, and we can start working towards that.”