CLEVELAND -- Mike Trout isn't here to pinch-run and occasionally pinch-hit, manager Mike Scioscia emphasized on Monday, about 24 hours after the 19-year-old super-prospect unloaded his first Major League homer.
"If his role is appreciable," he'll remain with the team, Scioscia said, adding that the more likely scenario, given the team's abundance of outfield talent, is a return to the Minor Leagues when his playing time dissipates.
Trout, who went 3-for-9 in two starts in Baltimore and is batting .179, will be kept only in the unlikely event the club can find at least three or four starts a week for him. Having excelled at Double-A Arkansas, Trout figures to join Triple-A Salt Lake when his time with the Angels expires.
"There's a learning curve we've hopefully bridged with [Peter] Bourjos and [Mark] Trumbo," Scioscia said. "There will be a time for that [with Trout]. That's a lot to put on Mike right now."