Trout 'days away' from spring debut

Trout 'days away' from spring debut

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Premier Angels prospect Mike Trout, who has spent a good portion of camp recovering from an illness, is getting close to appearing in his first Cactus League game.

"That virus knocked him down pretty good," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said on Sunday. "You want to make sure he gets some strength back, gets some fluids back. He's full-go on the field in drills. He's days away from playing."

Trout, who lost up to 10 pounds at one point, said he's feeling better and has been able to put five pounds back on. The 20-year-old, five-tool outfielder is baseball's third-ranked prospect by MLB.com and is trying to force his way onto the big league club -- a goal that may be a bit too lofty considering the Angels' roster construction.

Scioscia said Trout will get time at all three outfield spots this spring.