Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 5/30/13
ANAHEIM, Calif. Mike Trout got off to a slow start in the 2013 season but as of late has regained the form that landed him American League Rookie of the Year honors and American League MVP consideration in 2012. This month alone, Trout has four triples, eight home runs, and eight stolen bases entering Thursday nights series finale with the Dodgers. Hes the only Major Leaguer in history to put up such numbers in any month. Theres the thought that Trout is back to his old self at the plate because hes more comfortable being back in centerfield with starter Peter Bourjos being on the disabled list. Angels manager Mike Scioscia is not buying that and says when Bourjos returns from a hamstring injury, Trout will move back to left field where he started the season. There are moves for individual players that are made for the benefit of the team, Scioscia said. That happens and I know Mike understands this. I cant say it any clearer: We know Mikes a centerfielder. Youre putting lineups together with the whole team there and I dont anticipate any significant drop off because hes moved from center to left. Its not like hes a centerfielder and we said 'Mike we need you to catch. Let s go back there and try to catch and still play offense.' Weve taken him from a position he can play very well to a position he can play very well. Whats the difference? Trout has made 22 starts in left field including 21 of the Angels first 25 games this season. Hes made 32 starts in centerfield this season, including the last 28 starts since the Bourjos injury. As a starting left fielder, Trout is batting .241 with two home runs and 12 RBI. As a starting centerfielder this season his numbers are way up. His batting average is over 100 points higher at .343. Eight of his 10 home runs have come when he starts in center. He also has 25 RBI and 19 extra base hits as opposed to nine when he starts in left. As a team, the Angels are 17-15 when he starts in center and 7-14 when he starts in left. Bourjos is expected to begin a rehab assignment early next week and be back in the Angels lineup sometime in the next 10 days. If Trouts numbers drop after being moved back to left, Scioscia contends it wont be because hes not in centerfield. If we put somebody behind him that wasnt able to protect him on the offensive side or we stopped setting the table for him, I think you have an argument to say his production is going to drop doing that more than what defensive position hes playing, Scioscia said.
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