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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Things we thought we knew

By Mark Saxon

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Angels still haven't been able to get their top prospect on the field.

Mike Trout was scheduled to play a couple of innings in the outfield Tuesday, but he never made the trip to Salt River Fields for what turned out to be a 3-0 Angels win over the Diamondbacks. According to manager Mike Scioscia, Trout, 20, was stiff after running the bases Tuesday morning. Trout has missed the first 10 games after a viral infection caused him to lose about 10 pounds.

"We don't want to take the chance before he's where he needs to be," Scioscia said. "He ran the bases hard down there. It'll be a couple more days."

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The trade speculation around utility infielder Maicer Izturis wouldn't seem to have much grounding in reality. Izturis is the only other Angels player besides Erick Aybar capable of playing shortstop. Alberto Callaspo can play second and third, but Izturis' ability at shortstop could make Callaspo expendable.

Izturis is the only member of the Angels who was with them when they broke camp in 2005.

"I'd like to play the rest of my career here," Izturis said.

If Aybar departs as a free agent, the Angels might look to give Izturis a short-term contract extension to bridge the gap to shortstop prospect Jean Segura. Both Aybar and Izturis are in the final year of their contract.

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Alexi Amarista is generously listed at 5 feet 7 in the Angels' media guide, but he's a strong little guy. The second baseman hit a home run to right-center field off All-Star Trevor Cahill in the third inning. The ball carried halfway up the berm, roughly 430 feet from home plate.