Bourjos battling to break into crowded outfield

Bourjos battling to break into crowded outfield

ANAHEIM -- Peter Bourjos sat once again on Sunday afternoon, marking the seventh time he has been on the bench in the last eight games.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that the speedy center fielder would rejoin the lineup for the series finale against the Blue Jays, but he ultimately went with Vernon Wells, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo in his outfield -- a trio that combined to reach base eight times in the previous night's 6-2 win.

Bourjos, Scioscia said, should play plenty in Minnesota, where the Angels would benefit from his defense in Target Field's expansive outfield. But nonetheless, it's becoming increasingly difficult to get Bourjos in there.

"We're going to get Peter in the lineup," Scioscia continued to stress. "This week, there were some things that we were looking at. We didn't get Peter in as much as we want, but we're going to get him in there. He's got to play to contribute, and he will."

Bourjos, seemingly left without even a semi-regular role now that Trout is up, began Sunday batting .180 with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 57 plate appearances -- including two hits in his previous 25 at-bats. But it's hard to get going when you're simply not playing.

"It's an adjustment," Bourjos said recently. "The main thing is I have to stay within myself and not try to do too much when I am in there. Just play my game."