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Angels OF Mike Trout headed back to minor leagues [Updated]

August 1, 2011 |  9:00 am

Photo: Mike Trout. Credit: Jason Miller / Getty Images.

It appears that Mike Trout, the 19-year-old outfielder who is considered one of baseball's top prospects, is headed back to double-A Arkansas.

[Updated at 12:22 p.m. Aug. 1: Trout has been optioned to double-A Arkansas.]

On his Twitter account Monday morning, Trout, who started 12 games for the Angels after being called up on July 8, wrote, "Back to Little Rock! Had awesome experience up here in Anaheim. Thanks for everything!"

Trout replaced the injured Peter Bourjos in center field and hit .163 with one home run and six runs batted in, but with Bourjos returning on July 23 and showing he is sound enough to play every day, the Angels did not want Trout to stagnate on the bench.

A roster move to replace Trout has not been made, but the Angels are expected to recall utility player Alexi Amarista, a middle infielder who began playing outfield this season. Amarista started the last two games at center field for triple-A Salt Lake and made a superb diving catch of a fly ball on the warning track in right-center after a long run in Sunday night's game against Tucson.

-- Mike DiGiovanna

Photo: Mike Trout. Credit: Jason Miller / Getty Images.