6/25/2014 1:52 A.M. ET
Baylor returns after Opening Day mishap
By Matthew DeFranks / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- The Angels dugout has its "Groove" back.
Angels hitting coach Don Baylor, nicknamed Groove, officially rejoined the team after breaking his right femur catching a ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. Baylor, in his first season with the Angels after three in Arizona, was cleared to be on the bench and travel with the team.
"It feels like I'm going into the first grade, really," Baylor said after 12 weeks away from the bench.
Paul Sorrento took over as the interim hitting coach and Dave Hansen was the assistant hitting coach in Baylor's absence. Even without his physical presence, Baylor kept in contact with Angels manager Mike Scioscia "pretty much every day," according to Scioscia.
"Dave and Paul have been doing a great job but Donnie's presence is certainly something that I know will help us on the bench and will help these guys in the cage and in the batter's box," Scioscia said. "So we're happy to have him back."
Baylor said he kept in touch with both players and coaches via text, even though he "really never used texts until this year but it came in handy."
Before Tuesday's game against the Twins, Baylor took his post behind the batting cage as the Angels took batting practice, a change from the television he has been stuck staring at.
"Hitters, you have to be able to see it in person and then go down and have video reconfirm what you just saw," Baylor said. "That's the good thing about watching it on TV, you get to see it a second time."
Baylor said he has not -- and will not -- watch the video of him breaking his leg.
"I kind of want to put it behind me," he said. "I've had injuries on the field as a player but nothing ever like that."
Scioscia said there were not any extra precautions needed in the dugout but Baylor's doctors told him to keep his distance from one thing.
"They just told me to stay out of fights, don't be charging anybody," Baylor said.
Trout proving his All-Star credentials
ANAHEIM -- In his third full season in the Majors, Mike Trout is set to make it three All-Star Game appearances, as well.
After the most recent balloting update released Sunday, Trout ranks second in the American League in votes, trailing only Toronto's Jose Bautista. He is set to become the first Angels position player to start consecutive All-Star Games since Vladimir Guerrero did it four straight times from 2004-07.
Trout initially led all vote getters before falling behind Bautista. Trout trails him by less than 400,000 votes.
Trout recently saw his 13-game hitting streak come to an end during Friday's game against the Rangers. Prior to Tuesday's tilt with the Twins, the 22-year-old center fielder was hitting .344 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in June. He hit a two-run home run in the second inning to right field.
Trout is one of three Angels to participate in both the Futures Game and the All-Star Game. Trout was on the U.S. Team in 2010, when the Futures Game was held at Angel Stadium. Alfonso Alcantara is the lone Angels prospect represented in this year's Futures Game.
Alcantara named to World Team for Futures Game
ANAHEIM -- Angels prospect Alfonso Alcantara was named to the World Team for the All-Star Futures Game to be played at Target Field on July 13.
Alcantara, a free-agent signing in 2012, is currently pitching for Class A Burlington in the Midwest League. The 21-year-old Dominican is 4-4 with a 4.43 ERA in 15 games, including nine starts. A right-hander, Alcantara is the Angels' No. 17-ranked prospect, with a fastball in the upper-90s to go along with a slider and changeup.
Eleven current Angels have participated in the Futures Game, which features the top Minor League prospects. Josh Hamilton, Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout are three of 115 players to participate in both the Futures Game and the All-Star Game.
Sean Burnett, Hank Conger, C.J. Cron, Grant Green, Chris Iannetta, Kevin Jepsen, Tyler Skaggs and Fernando Salas have also played in the Futures Game.
The Futures Game is in its 16th season, with the U.S. Team holding a 9-6 edge over the World Team. The U.S. Team has won the last four games.
The 16th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will take place at 8 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis, and it can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network, and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89 and Sirius channel 209. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.
Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send and receive tweets to and from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.
Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team.
Each Major League organization is represented, and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate. Complete Futures Game rosters, prospect analysis and rankings can be found at mlb.com/pipeline.
Skaggs on target to return next week
ANAHEIM -- Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs will make a rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake in Fresno on Thursday, manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday.
Skaggs, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, will throw about 75 to 80 pitches, Scioscia said, with the intent to have him return to the rotation sometime next week. Skaggs threw a simulated game Saturday afternoon.
In place of Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago will pitch Friday and Saturday in Kansas City. On Tuesday, the Angels listed Shoemaker as the Friday starter.
Scioscia said Skaggs should be around 90 pitches in his first start back with the Angels.
The 22-year-old has not pitched since June 5 and is 4-4 with a 4.34 ERA this season.
• Right-handed reliever Fernando Salas, on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation played catch Tuesday. Salas has a 2.96 ERA in 28 appearances this season.
• On Wednesday, the Angels will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing Santa hats. As part of the "1/2 Way to Christmas" celebration Wednesday, all fans in attendance will receive Santa hats. The current record is 872.
This will mark the fifth consecutive season the Angels have attempted to break a world record.