Evans Clinchy
Thursday January 5th, 2012

Angels slugger Mark Trumbo had hoped to be back in action by now, following the stress fracture in his right foot that derailed the end of his rookie season back in September. But according to the Los Angeles Times, he now says he needs a total of five months to heal, bringing his target return date to right around the start of spring training in late February.

According to his original diagnosis, the plan was for Trumbo to resume baseball activities by mid-November. But he missed that deadline, and now after consulting with Dr. Philip Kwong, he's decided to push his timetable back even further.

"I don't think I had a complete picture of the extent of the injury when we first talked about this in late September," Trumbo told the Times. "It takes about five months to completely heal. But I'm about three and a half months in, we've been adding more and more activities, and everything is right where it needs to be." Trumbo slammed 29 home runs last year as the Angels' starting first baseman. With the addition of superstar slugger Albert Pujols in free agency this winter, Trumbo plans to shift over to third base once he's healthy.

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