SALT LAKE CITY — With the Los Angeles Angels riding a five game losing streak, sources confirmed Salt Lake Bee Mike Trout will be in the lineup tomorrow in Cleveland.
Trout was absent from Friday's Triple-A showdown against the Reno Aces due to illness, but Andrew Romine and Doug Deeds both continued to progress in their batting. Romine finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a stolen base, while Deeds was an impressive 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI to lead Salt Lake in a disappointing 12-7 loss to the Reno Aces.
"He (Trout) is a dynamic payer," said Johnson adding that there is definitely an effect throughout the team when someone gets the call up.
"There is always that ripple, whenever there is a mix up in the club or someone gets added or even subtracted there is that little hiccup your ball club goes through."
Trout was previously riding a 14-game hit streak, and is currently sitting in third place on the batting leaders in the PCL with a .403 average and 31 hits in 77 at-bats.
Trout also leads the PCL in triples and runs-scored and is currently in second place on the hits list with 31.
The Halos are now on their third losing streak of at least three games this season, and even more stunning is the fact that Albert Pujols is homerless in his 80 at-bats this season. Both Manager Mike Scioscia and GM Jerry Dipoto said Trout can play all three outfield spots, will play everyday and there is a good chance he will be inserted into the leadoff spot.
L.A. is 6-14 in their fist 20 games of the season and could definitely use the services of Trout immediately.
NOTEBOOK: Making his fifth start of the season Bees RHP Matt Shoemaker struggled on the mound, giving up six runs on six hits as well as a pair of crucial home runs through five innings.
ON THE MEND: Hank Conger remains on the disabled list while recovering from a right elbow sprain. Angels' relief pitcher Bobby Cassevah continues his major league injury rehab assignment with the Bees for right shoulder inflammation. Infielder Luis Jimenez was placed on the seven day disabled list on April 13th with a laceration on his index finger of his throwing hand, and has yet to return for Salt Lake.
STREAKING: Alexi Amarista smacked a double in the bottom of the fourth inning to extend his hit streak to seven games.