Trout returns to Double-A to play every day
Healthy Bourjos, Wells meant less time for Angels' 19-year-old
ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout is heading back to Little Rock -- for now.
The Angels sent their precocious 19-year-old outfielder back to Double-A Arkansas Monday. Infielder Andrew Romine was called up Tuesday from Triple-A Salt Lake to occupy the vacant spot on the Halos' 25-man roster and will be in uniform for today's series opener against Minnesota.
Promoted to the Major Leagues on July 8 to fill the void left in center field by an injury to Peter Bourjos, Trout played in 14 games with the Halos. He was 7-for-43 (.163) with one home run, six RBIs and two stolen bases.
Bourjos returned from the disabled list July 23 after missing 11 games with hamstring tightness.
"Back to little rock!" Trout wrote on Twitter. "Had awesome experience up here in Anaheim thanks for everything!"
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said if Trout's role wasn't "appreciable," he wouldn't remain with the big league club. With both Bourjos and left fielder Vernon Wells -- also previously nicked up -- healthy, Trout was not in line for much more playing time.
"If Vernon's OK and Peter's OK, then I think, obviously, if the role is not here for Mike, then you want him playing every day," Scioscia said.
Trout hit .324 with nine home runs, 27 RBIs, 28 stolen bases and a .415 on-base percentage in 75 games with Arkansas before his promotion.
The 25-year-old Romine played in three games for the Angels earlier this season, going 1-for-7 while being slotted at third base. He hit .274 with four home runs, 29 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases in 90 games with Salt Lake this year.
Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.