Trout, Conger and musical chairs

August, 19, 2011
A few hours before Friday night's game with the Baltimore Orioles, Angels manager Mike Scioscia had Vernon Wells and Bobby Abreu in his office for one-on-one meetings.

For Angels veterans, life is about to change. The arrival of the Angels' top prospect, Mike Trout, means that -- for the first time in either player's career -- Abreu and Wells might no longer be everyday players. It will be a similar adjustment for catcher Jeff Mathis now that Hank Conger is back. Scioscia said Conger will catch both of this weekend's games.

"They're going to give a shot to young guys, which I understand," Abreu said. "It's good."

The plan is to move Trout around, playing all three outfield positions, in an effort to inject his bat and legs into the lineup three or four times a week, Scioscia said. It appears Conger will get the bulk of the playing time at catcher. Scioscia was rather blunt about that situation.

"It's tough to absorb no offense from one position in our league and that's really what we've been getting from the catching position," Scioscia said.

One of the surprising parts about Friday's move is that the Angels didn't place Wells on the 15-day disabled list. He has a stiff neck from a collision with the outfield wall Wednesday night and, as of Friday, it was still sore. Batting .200, he probably could have used a little time to decompress.

"I'm in there today," Wells said. "I can't tell you about tomorrow or the next day. That all depends on other things, so you just worry about today and go out, win a game and come back here again and do it tomorrow."

Here are lineups for Friday's game:


1. J.J. Hardy SS

2. Nick Markakis RF

3. Adam Jones CF

4. Vladimir Guerrero DH

5. Matt Wieters C

6. Mark Reynolds 1B

7. Robert Andino 2B

8. Nolan Reimold LF

9. Josh Bell 3B


1. Peter Bourjos CF

2. Alberto Callaspo 3B

3. Howie Kendrick 2B

4. Torii Hunter DH

5. Mark Trumbo 1B

6. Vernon Wells LF

7. Erick Aybar SS

8. Mike Trout RF

9. Bobby Wilson C

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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Jered Weaver
17 3.50 157 200
BAH. Kendrick .290
HRM. Trout 34
RBIM. Trout 107
RM. Trout 109
OPSM. Trout .935
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164