Peter Bourjos feels the squeeze

ANAHEIM -- When the Angels promoted top prospect Mike Trout from Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, it seemed like a good idea.

The Angels' offense was stuck in a miserable hitting funk, had gotten little production from its leadoff hitters and Trout was batting .403 with a .467 on-base percentage in the minors.

As usual, however, the move struck an innocent bystander. Peter Bourjos, one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball last year, has been on the bench in four of the last five games, having yielded center field to Trout.

Bourjos, 25, is batting .167 with 14 strikeouts in 48 at-bats and could be in jeopardy of being demoted to Salt Lake if playing time doesn't materialize soon. Bourjos hasn't played in the minors since August 2010.

"If that happens, it happens," Bourjos said. "It's part of the game and I have options. I understand that. It's a business at the end of the day.

Bourjos made major strides as a hitter in the second half last season. Overall, he batted .271 with 12 home runs and 72 runs scored.

Here are lineups for Tuesday:


Denard Span CF

Alexi Castilla 2B

Joe Mauer DH

Josh Willingham LF

Danny Valencia 3B

Ryan Doumit C

Chris Parmelee 1B

Clete Thomas RF

Jamey Carroll SS


Trout CF

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Albert Pujols 1B

Torii Hunter RF

Mark Trumbo DH

Howie Kendrick 2B

Vernon Wells LF

Erick Aybar SS

Chris Iannetta C