OAKLAND -- Peter Bourjos was activated from the disabled list on Monday, returning to the Angels after playing every day for Triple-A Salt Lake while rehabbing a sore right wrist last week.
That rehab assignment was the most action he'll see all year.
Barring an injury, Bourjos will ride the bench for whatever remains of the Angels' 2012 campaign. Since the end of April, the 25-year-old center fielder has found very little playing time in an outfield that includes a phenom (Mike Trout), a dangerous slugger (Mark Trumbo), a very productive veteran (Torii Hunter) and a high-priced reserve (Vernon Wells).
In other words, it was a lost season for Bourjos, who went from 552 plate appearances in his first full season last year -- posting a .327 on-base percentage, 11 triples and 12 homers -- to just 186 so far this year.
Bourjos prefers to look at it a different way.
"I think you can learn from this season," he said. "I was in a different role than I had been my whole career, and I think at some point I'll probably be there again, maybe towards the end of my career, where I'm not playing every day -- pinch-hitting, pinch-running, going in for defense -- and I'll be able to fall back on something, be able to handle it and know what to do, instead of being, 'Gosh, I've never done this before.' It's something to go back to. I'm going to learn from it and try to get better."
That's awfully positive thinking for a guy who just went a four-month stretch with only 32 starts, in a season that was supposed see him take a major step forward as an everyday player in the big leagues.
Bourjos tries to keep things as positive as possibly.
"You have to," he said. "I think this game's negative. It's built around negativity. You have to look at the positives. It's the only way you're going to get through it. For somebody that never played the game, you hear fans on blogs and stuff and it's all negative. I don't think they ever talk positive on there. And as a player, you have to think positive. That's the only way you're going to get through this game. It's the only way you're going to have success."