The Los Angeles Angels optioned star prospect and Millville native Mike Trout to triple-A Salt Lake on Friday. As part of the transaction, pitcher Jason Isringhausen was added to the roster.
Trout, 20, ranked as the No. 3 prospect in baseball by MLB.com, missed most of spring training because of right shoulder tendinitis and a viral infection that caused him to lose 15 pounds.
“It’s definitely a setback, obviously,” Trout said, according to MLB.com. “I have to get right and get healthy before I can get out there and perform.”
Trout played 40 games in two stints for the Angels in 2011, batting .220 with five home runs and 16 RBIs. He hit .326 with a .544 slugging percentage for the Arkansas Travelers in the double-A Texas League last season.
Rockies: Jamie Moyer, at 49 years old, has made the Colorado Rockies starting rotation.
“It is still Jamie Moyer. It’s the Jamie Moyer that was pitching prior to the arm injury that cost him the entire 2011 season. It’s the same guy,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said before the team’s spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Salt River Fields.
Moyer, a former Phillie who is entering his 25th major-league season, posted a 2.77 ERA this spring and beat out 22-year-old Tyler Chatwood and 28-year-old Guillermo Moscoso for a rotation spot.
Moyer will start the Rockies’ second game of the season April 7 against the Houston Astros. If he wins, he’ll be the older player in major-league history to earn a victory.
Athletics: A Florida prosecutor dismissed a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against Manny Ramirez because his wife won’t cooperate in the investigation.
A spokesman for Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz said the office was unable to serve a subpoena on Ramirez’s wife, who was the alleged victim. Ramirez had pleaded not guilty to slapping his wife, Juliana Ramirez, in the Sept. 12 incident, in which she said her head struck a bed headboard.
Royals: Alex Gordon, who had a breakout 2011 season after a mediocre first four years in the majors, agreed to a $37.5 million, four-year deal that includes a player option for 2016 to remain with Kansas City.
Giants: San Francisco released infielder Mike Fontenot and placed second baseman Freddy Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list along with pitchers Ryan Vogelsong, Eric Surkamp and Dan Runzler.
Braves: Livan Hernandez agreed to a $750,000, one-year contract with Atlanta, a short time after he was released from a minor-league deal with the Houston Astros.