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Mike Trout rejoins the Angels, probably for good

Aug 19, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

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The Angels still haven’t officially announced the move, but Mike Trout has joined the team and is on the field taking early batting practice.  Mike DiGiovanna said earlier Friday that Vernon Wells could be placed on the DL to open up a roster spot.

If that’s the case, then Trout will probably play something close to full-time.  If not, then Trout is more likely to start three or four games per week in place of Wells and Bobby Abreu.

Trout, widely viewed as the game’s No. 2 prospect behind Bryce Harper, hit .163/.213/.279 with one homer in 43 at-bats in his first taste of the majors last month.  He just turned 20 earlier this month, and he hit an exceptional .326/.414/.544 with 11 homers and 33 steals for Double-A Arkansas this season.

Update: Horacio Ramirez was demoted to create room on the roster.  The Angels have Wells in left field, Trout in right field and Torii Hunter at DH tonight.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Despite the lofty rating for Trout, I believe that Carp will have the better career.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      It’s an upstream battle for anybody following Tim Salmon.

      • jtorrey13 - Aug 19, 2011 at 9:11 PM

        Salmon didn’t care that he followed Kevin Bass. Salmon took what he wanted.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:47 PM

      In 140 at bats for the Mariners, Carp has 6 home runs, 26 RBI’s, a .329 BA and a .529 slugging percentage. That is not a fish tale. So far,Trout’s performance has been not been sizzling. Toss the Trout back. The Carp is the keeper.

  2. Charles Gates - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    He should be able to scale up his production. The fans will be lured to the stands to watch him, bobbin’ their heads in approval when they spot his accomplishments. I’m sure his name will spawn all sorts of good nicknames.

  3. Utley's Hair - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Something’s fishy around here—get it? This is the fourth straight post where you guys are baiting Phans with phormer Phils. Do you want these threads to be made into Phightins threads?

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