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Mike Trout scratched with bruised knee

7/29/2012

It doesn't sound like a long-term concern, but with a player this talented, any injury is a concern.

The Angels scratched Mike Trout from the lineup shortly before Sunday afternoon's game with the Tampa Bay Rays with a left knee contusion. Trout hurt his knee colliding with the center-field wall trying to catch Ben Zobrist's home run Saturday night.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it was even possible Trout could pinch hit late in Sunday's game and he figures to be back in the lineup Monday night in Texas.

The injury does raise the question of whether Trout's aggressive style could make him injury-prone in the long run. The Angels saw that for years with Darin Erstad, who played with a reckless style and spent his last few years on and off the disabled list. Last week, Trout made a diving attempt at a ball down the left field line in a game with two outs in the ninth inning and the Angels leading comfortably.

Here are lineups for Sunday:

Tampa Bay

Desmond Jennings CF

Sam Fuld LF

Ben Zobrist 2B

Matt Joyce RF

Jeff Keppinger DH

Carlos Pena 1B

Ryan Roberts 3B

Jose Lobaton C

Elliot Johnson SS

Angels

Maicer Izturis SS

Howie Kendrick 2B

Albert Pujols 1B

Mark Trumbo RF

Kendrys Morales DH

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Vernon Wells LF

Chris Iannetta C

Peter Bourjos CF