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Mike Trout sent down by Angels to double-A Arkansas

August 1, 2011 | 12:22 pm

Photo: Mike Trout. Credit: Rob Carr / Getty Images.

On Sunday,  Angels General Manager Tony Reagins said he expected top prospect Mike Trout to be in an Angels uniform when the team returned home Tuesday.

On Monday, Reagins optioned Trout back to double-A Arkansas.

Reagins and Manager Mike Scioscia didn't hide their uncertainty over what to do with Trout, who is 19 and just two years removed from high school. While they felt he needed to play every day to continue his development, they also recognized the Angels had no one in their farm system who could help the big-league club off the bench as much as Trout could.

Trout was called up July 8 and started  12 games in the outfield, with the Angels going 9-3 in those games. But he seemed overmatched at the plate at times, hitting .163 and striking out 10 times in 43 at-bats.

The Angels will make a corresponding move Tuesday to fill Trout's roster spot.

-- Kevin Baxter in Detroit

Photo: Mike Trout. Credit: Rob Carr / Getty Images.