Slow recovery from foot injury delays Mark Trumbo’s potential move to third base

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Mark Trumbo said earlier this week that the Angels wanted him to work with bench coach Rob Picciolo this offseason in order to see if he could be an option at third base, but those plans will have to be put on hold for now.

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that a foot and and ankle specialist told Trumbo that the stress fracture in his right foot needs at least another month to heal. The American League Rookie of the Year candidate was shut down during the final week of the regular season due to the injury.

“We’re still going to proceed with caution,” said Trumbo. “I’m a bit disappointed, but these are the experts. They feel it would be wise to give this ample time to get better.”

Trumbo, 25, stepped in admirably at first base for the Angels this season, batting .254/.291/.477 with 25 home runs, 87 RBI and a .768 OPS over 573 plate appearances. However, with Kendrys Morales on the comeback trail from a second surgery on his troublesome left ankle and the outfield and DH spots crowded enough that top prospect Mike Trout could begin the 2012 season in the minors, Trumbo may struggle to receive regular at-bats moving forward.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the experiment isn’t to see if Trumbo can be a full-time third baseman, but rather a “50-game third baseman.” That may be wishful thinking, though. Trumbo has never played a game at third base professionally and many believe his lack of range will be an issue. That he’s coming off a foot injury probably doesn’t help matters.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman not considering demoting struggling Greg Bird

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.

GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”

Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.

Chris Archer threw behind Jose Bautista

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Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.

Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.

The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.