DENVER -- A logjam in the Angels outfield has reduced Peter Bourjos to a bench player, but there are no plans to send down or trade him this season.
"Peter has a role on our team, and he's going to help us win games, although it's not a role he had last year," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia.Bourjos started 138 games in 2011, but has seen his playing time diminished with the emergence of rookie Mike Trout and the need to play Mark Trumbo in the outfield.
Bourjos, who is hitting .219, didn't start any of the Angels' three games against the Rockies. His most recent starts were June 6 and June 3 against Seattle. To accommodate Bourjos in the lineup, the Angels gave Torii Hunter and Kendrys Morales days off. "Torii is hot and you want to keep him in there, but there'll be times when he needs a day off," Scioscia said. "Mark [Trumbo] may play some infield, and then you'll need an outfielder." Bourjos is usually used as a late defensive replacement in the outfield, as his range is superior to Trumbo's. "It's difficult for a young player that has the ability to play every day but isn't in there," Scioscia said. "But Peter is going to help us win games."