Angels director of pro scouting Hal Morris was among those in attendance for Josh Johnson's start in Miami on Monday, when the Marlins right-hander gave up just one hit and struck out nine in six innings. The Marlins, who sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers for Jacob Turner on Monday, appear to be sellers and could move Johnson before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.
After Sunday night's game, Rangers manager Ron Washington scoffed at the lofty Trout comparisons, saying: "He's not Willie Mays. He's a pretty good player, but I think the comparisons have to stop. Let the kid play. When he's been here five years, six years, then you can start doing that."
Scioscia essentially agreed.
"Wash is saying the same thing we're saying," Scioscia said. "We're saying, for a guy to reach some of the things that those guys in baseball immortals have done, it has to stand the test of time. When you talk about what is the kind of player Mike reminds you of, or the tool set, I think that's where he's getting compared to guys, not anything that's being ordained as to where he's going to end up."
Jerome Williams will basically be working as a long man out of the bullpen in the meantime, but Scioscia continues to say that he has a chance to "earn a spot and get a spot back in the rotation."
The Angels' 16th annual Canned Food Drive, held this weekend in conjunction with Wells Fargo, raised $3,710 and 2,687 pounds of food. With Wells Fargo matching the contributions, that accounts to 24,505 meals.