Mike Trout scratched with hurt knee

Updated: July 29, 2012, 6:30 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels scratched rookie Mike Trout from the lineup shortly before Sunday afternoon's game with the Tampa Bay Rays with a left knee contusion.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it was possible Trout could pinch hit late in Sunday's game and he figures to be back in the lineup Monday night in Texas. Trout, however, did not play in the Angels' 2-0 loss.

The injury occurred in the third inning of the Angels' 3-0 loss on Saturday night, when Trout leaped against the fence in left center field while trying to make a play on a home run by Ben Zobrist. He stayed in the game and went 0 for 4.

Trout entered Sunday hitting .350 with 16 homers, 49 RBIs and a major league-leading 31 stolen bases following his promotion from Triple-A Salt Lake on April 28.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Mark Saxon

Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. 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.