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Friday, March 9, 2012
Where is Mike Trout (and others)?

By Mark Saxon

The Angels are nearly a week through their spring training schedule and their top prospect and four of their main relievers have yet to appear in a game. What's the deal?

Trout missed several days of camp earlier with a viral infection and lost about 10 pounds, so the team is giving him at least a week to get his strength back up. Look for Trout to be playing by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Reliever Bobby Cassevah showed up with some shoulder tightness, will throw a bullpen Sunday and should be showing up in games next week. He said he's not concerned that it will become a more serious injury. He had the same delay last spring.

Manager Mike Scioscia is easing veterans Scott Downs, 37, Jason Isringhausen, 39, and LaTroy Hawkins, 39, into action, but all three should be pitching in games next week. Relievers typically only need eight or nine innings in spring training. Once they've pitched in back-to-back games, they're usually ready to go.

Pitcher Jerome Williams (hamstring) needs to start showing up in games by around March 20 to be on target to win the team's fifth starter job. Otherwise, it likely will be rookie Garrett Richards, who makes his second spring start on Sunday.

[UPDATE: For those asking, Kendrys Morales continues to run in the base paths with no bases. They hope to have him run the bases early next week and to be playing in games by next weekend. Scioscia said he "got a really good report," from trainers after Morales ran Friday morning.]