Trout a late scratch with knee contusion

Trout a late scratch with knee contusion

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout was a late scratch from the Angels' lineup on Sunday morning, because of a left knee contusion the 20-year-old outfielder suffered during Saturday night's 3-0 loss to the Rays.

Trout got dinged up while banging up against the wall chasing Ben Zobrist's third-inning homer, but the Angels listed him as day to day and manager Mike Scioscia doesn't believe he'll require an X-ray or MRI.

He just needs to rest. And with a big four-game series coming up against the Rangers, this was a good time.

"He hit his knee into the wall pretty good," Scioscia said. "He's a little sore today. We'll see what his availability is to do something during the game and hopefully he'll get back in there tomorrow."

Trout, sporting an American League-leading .350 batting average and 31 stolen bases, had started 78 of the Angels' 81 games since his April 28 callup. Without him, shortstop Maicer Izturis led off and Vernon Wells became the new left fielder, batting seventh.

Right fielder Torii Hunter was given the day off to rest due to the quick turnaround from Saturday night's game, though he did pinch-hit in the ninth inning of the 2-0 loss.