Angels call up Andrew Romine for infield depth; Mark Trumbo to get first big league start
Even with an expanded September roster, the Angels were so thin in the infield that they reached down to their double-A Arkansas affiliate for Andrew Romine, who was called up for Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox in Angel Stadium.
Romine, who has never played in the big leagues, hit .281 with three home runs and 32 runs batted in for Arkansas this season, and he is in the starting lineup for Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Mark Trumbo, who hit .303 with 36 homers and 122 RBIs for triple-A Salt Lake before being called up earlier this month, will also make his first major league start, at first base and batting seventh, and recent call-up Hank Conger will start at catcher and bat sixth.
Speedy center fielder Peter Bourjos, who had been batting ninth since being called up in early August, is in the leadoff spot for the first time in his career.
Injuries to shortstop Erick Aybar, third baseman Alberto Callaspo and utility infielder Maicer Izturis necessitated Romine's recall.
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Angels second baseman Andrew Romine is unable to tag out Arizona's George Parra during a spring training game on March 11. Credit: Benjie Sanders / Associated Press