6/10/2013 7:35 P.M. ET
Bourjos activated, pushing Trout to left field
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- As expected, Peter Bourjos was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday and placed in the Angels' starting lineup for the first time since straining his left hamstring in the 11th inning of a 19-inning game in Oakland on April 29.
And as expected, he was in center field, pushing Mike Trout back to left.
Debate has raged over the last few weeks about whether the Angels are right to move Trout out of his original position to accommodate Bourjos, considering how well the reigning American League Rookie of the Year has hit -- coincidentally or not -- since moving back to center.
Bourjos -- making his return in a ballpark housing hundreds of friends and family from Trout's nearby hometown in South Jersey -- won't put added pressure on himself because of it.
"You hear it, but there's nothing I can do about it," Bourjos said, prior to batting ninth in the series opener against the Orioles. "At the time, when all that stuff was going on, I could barely walk. It wasn't my first concern at all. My concern was getting healthy and that was it. When I'm healthy, then that's when I was going to deal with it. And where the chips fall, they fall. I really don't care [where I play]. I just want to be in the lineup and help the team win."
Trout, who posted a .342/.412/.651 slash line in the 38-game span he played center, was informed a while back by manager Mike Scioscia that he'd be moving back to left field when Bourjos returned.
"I knew it was coming," Trout said. "Before Petey went on the DL, he was playing well [with a .370 on-base percentage].
"Obviously, I feel comfortable in center field. Growing up, playing center field my whole life, it's my prime position. Moving to left is obviously an adjustment."
But Scioscia doesn't think moving back to left field will have a direct impact on Trout's numbers, and he believes the team profiles better with Bourjos -- slightly better defensively -- in center.
"I think it's the whole picture," Scioscia said. "I think you have to look at the whole outfield. Peter gives you a unique dimension in center field and allows you to be stronger on the wings, where they can do more things. We can do things as far as what our spray charts show. Mike does give you that same element in center, but in the big picture, I think it works out better with Peter in center right now and Mike and Josh [Hamilton] at his wings."
Burnett back to see Dr. Andrews for planned visit
BALTIMORE -- Relief pitchers Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett were the big offseason additions that were expected to shore up the Angels' biggest deficiency of 2012. Ten weeks into the season, though, injuries continue to beset them.
Madson has dealt with numerous setbacks in his return from Tommy John surgery and is still only throwing off flat ground. Burnett, who has missed 35 games and counting while serving two separate stints on the disabled list, was back in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, seeing noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews once again.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the planned visit with Andrews -- Burnett's second in five weeks -- was to "just make sure he's moving in the right direction." Asked of the chances Burnett could go under the knife again, Scioscia said: "I have no idea. I just know he's being evaluated."
Burnett, signed to a two-year, $8 million contract in December, missed 22 games while on the DL from April 28 to May 21 with what the team called left forearm irritation.
During that time, on May 4, he visited with Andrews, who removed two bone spurs from his elbow this offseason and performed his Tommy John surgery in 2004. Andrews confirmed the diagnosis, and Burnett was told there's no structural damage around his elbow and was given an anti-inflammatory.
A week after returning, he landed on the DL once again, this time with a left elbow impingement he said was unrelated to the previous ailment. Monday was the first day the 30-year-old lefty was eligible to be activated, but Burnett has done nothing more than throw off flat ground.
"Right now, nothing's definite as to what's going to happen with Sean," Scioscia said. "We'll just see where it goes."
Madson progressed all the way to a rehab outing for Class A Inland Empire on May 13, but hasn't been able to shake the elbow soreness he experienced that night. He's only throwing off flat ground, trying, as he put it, "to get the most out of it every day without going backwards."
If the soreness continues for another week or two, he'll have to get another test, or see another doctor -- he's seen about four -- or possibly even shut it down.
"I'm just frustrated," Madson said. "I really don't have any answers. I just really want to pitch, really bad. I'll do anything. Anything. But it seems like there really isn't much to do, other than let it heal."
Trout's family, friends show support in Baltimore
BALTIMORE -- The Angels are here, and that means the people of Millville, N.J., have traveled in droves to see hometown hero Mike Trout up close.
It's become an annual tradition.
Trout left out 10 tickets for family and friends to make the two-hour drive west. He estimated that about 200 of them showed up, making up six buses. Also here is J.J. Hardy, the Orioles shortstop that was robbed of a home run by Trout on June 27 of last year, a victim of arguably the greatest play in 2012.
Trout didn't keep the ball from that game, but a picture of it hangs in the basement-turned-man-cave he dwells in at his parents' house.
"Every time I see J.J., he messes with me and stuff," Trout said.
• In order to clear up a spot for center fielder Peter Bourjos, the Angels designated infielder Chris Nelson for assignment. Nelson accumulated just nine plate appearances since being claimed off waivers from the Yankees on May 18.
• Trout wasn't the only Angels player with a traveling party at Oriole Park. Josh Hamilton was greeted by 100-plus members of his church in Raleigh, N.C.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read 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.