Angels Peter Bourjos To Take Over Center Field Duties Soon

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Peter Bourjos lead off for the Class-A Advanced Inland Empire 66ers in a rehab assignment. Bourjos went 1 for 3 over the affair with a strikeout in his first at bat, groundout to third in his second, and drew in a run on a triple in his third and final at bat in the top of the 5th. In the bottom of the 6th, Bourjos was replaced by 66ers outfielder Andy Workman.

This season, with the Angels, Bourjos has played in 22 games and has been incredibly productive with a career high .313 batting average. Along with his high average, he has 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 2 homers this season with 8 RBIs and 12 runs. Another career high this season, thus far, is Bourjos’ on base percentage (.370), slugging percentage (.458), and obviously both of those combined have helped him with a career high OPS of .827.

Peter Bourjos was injured in the intense 19-inning game between the Angels and Oakland Athletics on April 29th when he came out of the game in the 11th with a strained left hamstring. Bourjos will return to center field once healthy, moving Mike Trout over to left field for what should be the rest of the season. Angels manager, Mike Scoscia, addressed the defensive positioning situation with this statement, “He’s (Mike Trout) playing left field, and he’s playing it well. That’s not the issue. Mike is a center fielder, no doubt about it. But, with Peter playing well, you’re taking a burden off Mike. There’s less of a grind moving from center to left.”

Angels fans can expect Bourjos to return to the lineup shortly as they need all the help they can get. The Angels were swept tonight by the Houston Astros in a 2-1 loss, where Angels starter Joe Blanton who allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 11, but had no offensive support.

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