Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 7/3/12
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The July 3rd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Mike Trout day-to-day with a bruised finger, Trout named AL Rookie of the Month again, Jerome Williams having a rough time on his rehab assignment and much more...

The Story: Mike Trout was scratched from yesterday's lineup with a bruised finger.

The Monkey Says: Don't panic, he's fine.  X-rays were negative and he was able to take batting practice before the game and play defense later in the game.  It sounds like the Halos just used the minor injury as an excuse to give him a day off.

The Story: Mike Trout was named the AL Rookie of the Month for June.

The Monkey Says: There is no reason for them to no just name him Rookie of the Year right now.

The Story: Jerome Williams got shelled in his first rehab start in Salt Lake and also took a comebacker off his pitching arm.

The Monkey Says: Jerome was going to make another rehab start regardless, but this could definitely cost him more time.  It also gives the Angels yet another excuse to keep Garrett Richards in the rotation until they can figure out what they want to do with him and Williams.

The Story: Albert Pujols lobbied Robinson Cano to pick Mark Trumbo for the Home Run Derby.

The Monkey Says: Trumbo is such a home run hitting savant that I fail to understand why Cano needed to be sold in any way shape or form.

The Story: Albert Pujols is not disappointed to miss out on the All-Star Game.

The Monkey Says: Truth be told, a lot of veterans are relieved when they don't get picked because they would rather have the time off.  That's why so many of them suddenly develop "nagging injuries" right before the All-Star Game.

The Story: Mike Scioscia is not concerned after Jordan Walden's recent poor outing.

The Monkey Says: Nor should he be because it isn't like something new happened with Walden.  His command has been hit-or-miss all season long and his appearance on Sunday was a miss moment.  They'll keep working with Walden until they feel like they can trust him in high leverage situations again.

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