Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia hinted Sunday that the team could begin something of a youth movement as it struggles to stay in the AL West race. Apparently, it's about to begin.
According to a source, the Angels on Tuesday will promote hot-hitting outfielder Peter Bourjos, one of the club's top prospects, from Triple-A Salt Lake.
The question is: How much will Bourjos play? And what will the Angels do to make room for him in their crowded, veteran outfield?
Bourjos went on a tear last month, setting a Pacific Coast League record with 52 hits. He is batting .314 with 13 home runs and 27 stolen bases. Probably more important, he is among the fastest outfielders in the Angels' organization, which could help shore up the sluggish corners of their outfield.
"Peter's an exciting player," Scioscia said Sunday. "He's certainly one of the guys who has popped up on our depth chart."
To make room for Bourjos, the Angels could demote one of their spare relievers, Bobby Cassevah or Michael Kohn, but that won't make room in the outfield. It's also possible Bobby Abreu, who didn't play Sunday, could be headed for the disabled list.
They're unlikely to promote Bourjos, 23, to be a bench player since it could stunt his development.
"Every young player needs to play," Scioscia said.