Trout gets taste of Big A's metal left-field wall

Trout gets taste of Big A's metal left-field wall

ANAHEIM -- Part of what appealed to the Angels about moving Mike Trout to left field -- in addition to the presence of defensively gifted center fielder Peter Bourjos -- was that playing a less strenuous position could help the superstar stay healthy.

Angel Stadium's construction may provide an obstacle for that, though.

The wall making up the vast majority of left field, just in front of the stacked bullpens, is basically a chain-link fence, with little padding above or below and nothing standing between steel and flesh in the middle. On Monday night, Trout experienced the brunt of that, crashing into the fence while misplaying a Mitch Moreland fly ball.

"It's like cast-iron steel, pretty much," Bourjos said. "I don't know why we don't have some padding. It's pretty ridiculous. Somebody's going to get hurt on that."

Trout grabbed his back after the play and had several scratches after the Rangers' 7-6 win, but he was only a little sore postgame and just fine the next day. It could've been worse, however.

"It didn't hurt too bad because I wasn't running full speed," he said, "but if you hit that thing full speed, you're going to definitely feel it."

The lack of padding may affect Trout more than any other left fielder in baseball, because of his reckless abandon tracking fly balls and his ability to make plays up against the wall, coming off a year in which he took away four home runs.

But the left-field fence has been that way since Angel Stadium was remodeled heading into the 1998 season.

"It's not going to change my approach catching a fly ball," he said. "But the effects after might be a little different."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.