DENVER -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia has no plans to reel in the frenetic play of Mike Trout, even with the prevalence of injuries that have struck in 2012.
"I really think that when you play aggressively, you have a natural mechanism that protects you," Scioscia said of Trout, who went flying into the outfield wall on a double by Carlos Gonzalez in the first inning on Sunday. "If you try to put a governor on him, try to have him slide gingerly or not go as hard, I think that puts him more at risk. You can get in an awkward position if you try to take your athletic ability out of the equation."
Entering Sunday, the 20-year-old Trout led the American League in hitting (.369) and runs (31) since May 1. In two games against the Rockies, he's stolen four bases, and he led off Sunday's game with a double. Trout will have many more opportunities, because Scioscia doesn't believe scheduling off-days for his young center fielder is the best idea.
"We're not there with Mike," he said. "It's not out of the realm for a young guy to come up and play a full load of games. Steve Sax, for instance, was 22 in 1982, and he played 150 games."