Flu bug keeping Trout out of game action
Scioscia says Halos' top prospect likely to miss another week
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels prospect Mike Trout has yet to play in Cactus League games and isn't expected to in the near future.
Trout caught a flu bug that has been floating around the Angels' clubhouse, and manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that it "might be a week or so" before he feels comfortable putting him in game action.
The 20-year-old outfielder is ranked by MLB.com as the third-best prospect in baseball and is trying to force his way onto the roster this spring, though that's a long shot considering the Angels' set outfield and loaded lineup.
"It's just a bump in the road," said Trout, who has been able to practice in the meantime. "I just have to recover from it, and I just don't want to put myself out there and risk injury. I just want to get back stronger and get back my strength."
Slow going for Trumbo in first action at third
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Perhaps it wasn't as eventful as he would've hoped, but Mark Trumbo was finally able to get in a game on Wednesday, starting at third base against the Mariners before coming out when his turn as the No. 9 hitter came up.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia didn't want Trumbo hitting because he hasn't tested his recovering foot on the basepaths enough. At this point, he just wants Trumbo to get a feel for third base in actual game situations.
Problem: Wednesday starter Jered Weaver doesn't allow too many grounders, so Trumbo didn't get any balls hit in his general vicinity.
But, as Trumbo would say later, "I was there." And at this point, that's really all that matters.
"I've been used to some smaller guys over there at third, so he was in my peripheral a little bit going into the windup," Weaver said of the 6-foot-4 slugger. "It was a little weird getting that ball from him when they throw it around. But I've been watching him taking ground balls and stuff, and he actually looks really comfortable over there."
Prior to Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Mariners, Trumbo was able to run the bases with the team for the first time. "Felt natural, ran hard, no issues," said Trumbo, who anticipates a couple more days of that before getting into full game action this weekend.
The stress fracture in his right foot, which kept him out of full baseball activities throughout the offseason and the early part of spring, is "the last thing I'm worried about," Trumbo added. Now, it's all about learning his new position.
"I just want to make the routine play and we'll progress from there," Trumbo said.
After coming out of the game for the bottom of the third, Trumbo and infield coach Alfredo Griffin went to one of the back fields to work slow rollers, which would figure to give someone of Trumbo's size the most trouble.
The 26-year-old batted .254 with a .291 on-base percentage as a rookie last year, but led the team with 29 homers and 87 RBIs, which is prompting the Angels to try him at multiple positions this year -- third base, first base, corner outfield and designated hitter -- to get his bat in the lineup as often as possible.
The other side of that, though, is how moving around so much on defense may affect the youngster's production at the plate.
"That's one thing I'm making a conscious effort about," Trumbo said. "I haven't been able to hit yet [in a game], but I'm really going to try to separate the two. I'm trying the best I can to put as little pressure on myself on defense as possible. I trust that I am going to make the plays, but if they don't happen, I have to just bounce back and go up there and contribute offensively."
Maintaining edge is next challenge for Weaver
TEMPE, Ariz. -- When you're Jered Weaver, and you're coming off winning 18 games and posting a 2.41 ERA, how do you take your game to another level?
Well, really, you can't.
"His challenge and his energy," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "is going to be on maintaining that level."
That challenge began Wednesday, when Weaver made his spring debut against the Mariners at Tempe Diablo Stadium and threw two scoreless innings in an eventual 6-4 loss. Weaver gave up three hits, struck out two, walked none and threw 34 pitches -- all of them fastballs and changeups as he works on getting his arm in shape and adjusting to new catcher Chris Iannetta.
The 29-year-old right-hander would've been the best pitcher in the American League last year if not for a guy named Justin Verlander. Now, he's the ace of a staff that added C.J. Wilson and looks like one of the best in baseball. Scioscia still hasn't announced his Opening Day starter, but Weaver is currently lined up for the April 6 opener against the Royals.
Weaver may not have much to improve on once the regular season starts -- but he still has an edge to maintain.
"I'm always trying to get better every year," said Weaver, who signed a five-year, $85 million extension in August. "I obviously had a great year from an individual standpoint, but most importantly, it's a team game and we fell short of our goal. So any time I can try to get better, and like I said, add a pitch -- a cutter or something -- to keep these hitters off-balance. This league will adjust to you real quick if you keep throwing the same stuff out there."
Angels, Giants clear up flap over scout
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels pro scout Jeff Schugel was kicked out of a Giants workout on Wednesday morning, about an hour before gates opened to the public, with both clubs later chalking it up to a misunderstanding.
Giants manager Bruch Bochy saw Schugel taking notes while his club was going through infield drills and got a security guard to chase him out of the ballpark, according to local reports. After the incident, Schugel informed Angels director of pro scouting Hal Morris.
"I'm sitting there grading arms," Schugel, who's responsible for evaluating National League clubs, told CSNBayArea.com. "In 25 years, I've never had that happen to me."
The Angels and Giants then discussed the matter, with Angels spokesman Tim Mead calling it "just some miscommunication," and Schugel will be allowed to return to the Giants' facility at Scottsdale Stadium before gates are open.
Scouts are allowed to watch workouts from the stands before gates open to the public.
Outfielder Jeremy Moore, who played in eight games for the Angels last year, came into camp dealing with some tightness in his hip but has been cleared to start running. Manager Mike Scioscia said Moore will get in games "in a short amount of time."
Young second baseman Taylor Lindsey, a sandwich pick out of high school in 2010, went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs in the Angels' 6-4 loss to the Mariners on Wednesday. Said Scioscia: "He carries himself beyond his 20 years. He's got a lot of confidence. He's a kid that's not going to be intimidated by any situation."
MLB.com has Lindsey listed as the Angels' sixth-best prospect.
Closer Jordan Walden pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday and got a ground ball out on a changeup -- a pitch he wants to throw more frequently this season.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.