TEMPE, Ariz. -- Kendrys Morales took a scheduled day off Sunday, fresh from completing a string of three straight Cactus League games that saw him homer, hit four singles and score two runs in nine plate appearances.
Morales reported that he was in good health Sunday, and manager Mike Scioscia plans to play his recovering slugger in at least three games in a row on Monday (at home against the Rockies), Tuesday (in a Minor League game while the Angels travel to face the Giants) and Wednesday (in Goodyear, where the Reds will play with a designated hitter).
"He's turning it loose," Scioscia said. "His swing is there. His bat speed is there. It's a matter of timing and just getting acclimated to hitting the baseball, which is something he's done all his life. Right now, I think if you ask him how he feels, it's not much different than probably when he was swinging the bat early in 2010."
Scioscia had targeted somewhere in the range of 50 plate appearances for Morales this spring. So far, if you count the Minor League games he played in before jumping over to the Major League side, he's had 21. And that number could be up to 40 by the time the Angels break camp next Monday for three exhibition games against the Dodgers in Southern California.
Point is, it's looking more and more likely that the switch-hitting Morales will be on the Angels' Opening Day roster.
During the season, Scioscia envisions the majority of Morales' off-days coming against left-handers, because the Angels -- whose lineup tends to lean pretty heavily to the right -- will need his lefty presence against righties as often as possible.
"Whenever he's available, we're going to need him against right-handed pitching," Scioscia said. "Against left-handed pitching -- whether you talk about [Maicer] Izturis or [Alberto] Callaspo or [Mark] Trumbo -- I think there's going to be a right-handed bat you can slot in there."
Trumbo comfortable while bouncing around
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels weren't kidding when they said Mark Trumbo's Spring Training appearances would be scattered at different positions. He had already seen plenty of action at third base, received some playing time at first base and gotten a few at-bats as a designated hitter. Then, on Saturday, he saw his first spring action as a right fielder.
At least he doesn't have to worry about different glove sizes.
The 6-foot-4 Trumbo uses a 12 3/4-inch glove at third base, which is unusually large for an infielder but is the size he'd use in the corner outfield.
"It's a comfort thing," Trumbo said. "It really just depends on how you shape it. For the infield, it would be a little more round, and in the outfield it's narrow."
Trumbo got his third start of the week at third base on Sunday, as the No. 7 hitter. The 26-year-old played 33 games in the outfield in the Minors and played the position a bit in high school, so trotting out to right field is naturally a smoother transition. Trumbo feels good with where he is at third base, but he has tried to temper his expectations there.
"I think with expectations come a lot of disappointment," Trumbo said. "As long as I'm making the routine plays, which I think I've done a fairly good job of, I'm happy with that. Any of the other plays, it's a bonus."
Manager Mike Scioscia hasn't really pinpointed the amount of games Trumbo will spend at third base this season, but he has continued to laud Trumbo's work at the hot corner -- where Trumbo has made a handful of head-turning plays but has also committed a team-high three errors.
General manager Jerry Dipoto called Trumbo's efforts "yeoman's work."
"It's a different side of the infield," said Dipoto, a former scout. "It doesn't seem like much when we look at it from our perspective -- behind the cage or from a press box -- but when you're seeing the ball come off a bat at an entirely different angle than you've been looking, for really the entirety of his professional career, it's unique. It takes time to adapt.
"I think he's getting more and more comfortable with the routine play as days go by. As I said from the start, his arm strength stood out from the day he first walked over. And the one thing that I've grown very comfortable with Mark -- Mark's going to be as good as he can be. He has that kind of makeup."
Isringhausen hits rough patch against Rangers
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Veteran reliever Jason Isringhausen had a rough ninth inning on Sunday, giving up a walk, hitting a batter and allowing a game-tying two-run double, while recording only two outs in the Angels' eventual walk-off victory.
Isringhausen -- who began the day having given up one run on three hits and a walk in three one-inning appearances -- struck out the last batter he faced, then the Rangers took the lead off Jeremy Berg before the Angels scored two in the bottom of the ninth for the 6-5 win.
"Just up a lot again," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Isringhausen's outing. "I thought he had better velocity. His fuzz was good. Just getting ahead of hitters and putting them away was tough."
Signed to a Minor League contract, Isringhausen came into camp with a good chance to earn a bullpen spot. But this coming week, the last full one of Spring Training, will be a big one for the 39-year-old right-hander, who leads active pitchers with 300 career saves.
"He's getting better, there's no doubt," Scioscia said. "His arm action looks smoother, better life on his fastball."
Working in a Minor League game on Sunday, Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson gave up three runs (at least one of which was unearned) on six hits and four walks while throwing 87 pitches in five innings. Wilson has given up just one run in 14 innings of Cactus League play this spring.
"He came out of it OK," pitching coach Mike Butcher said. "He wasn't as sharp as he had been this spring, but he threw everything, had everything working pretty well and got his pitch count up, which was the important thing."
Right-hander Jered Weaver will make his scheduled Tuesday start in a Minor League game at the Angels' complex, and not against Giants ace Tim Lincecum in Scottsdale.
The Angels had their eighth sellout of the spring Sunday, with an announced attendance of 9,613. They have drawn 95,421 fans to Tempe Diablo Stadium.
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