Double-A playoff experience valuable to Trout

Double-A playoff experience valuable to Trout

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout is back in Little Rock -- for now.

The Angels sent their precocious 19-year-old outfielder back to Double-A Arkansas on 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 was active for the series opener against Minnesota.

"Back to little rock!" Trout wrote on Twitter. "Had awesome experience up here in Anaheim thanks for everything!"

In deciding whether to send Trout back to Double-A or Triple-A Salt Lake, Angels manager Mike Scioscia cited little to no disparity between the current quality of pitching at the two levels, as well as Trout's opportunity to compete in the playoffs with Arkansas.

"We really feel strongly that in a player's development it's important to experience the playoffs. In Mike's case, he's a guy that's leading a team to the playoffs," Scioscia said. "There's a comfort level there. He just needs to play."

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 and was 7-for-43 (.163) with one home run, six RBIs and one stolen base.

Bourjos returned from the disabled list July 23 after missing 11 games with hamstring tightness.

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.