Mike Trout: Angels Prospect Exits Game After Being Hit by Pitch on Wrist

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IApril 23, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 20:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts as he is hit by a pitch in the 12th inning against the Baltimore Orioles on August 20, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Angels won 9-8 in 12 innings.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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A collective gasp rang out around the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim front offices on Sunday afternoon.

Stud prospect Mike Trout was beamed with a Josh Geer fastball on his left wrist in the fourth inning. Trout remained in the game to play the field in the next half-inning but was then pulled for a pinch-hitter.

The organization as well as its fans were eased after the game when Salt Lake Bees manager Keith Johnson told reporters (via CBS Sports), "It was just a precautionary thing. We had a lead at the time, so rather than having him play through it, I pulled him. Everything's good."

Everything's good: two words that resulted in a collective exhale around the Angels organization.

Trout and the Angels might have dodged a bullet this time. Every game Trout plays is another day the Angels will be criticized for not calling him up. 

Trout is tearing the cover off the ball in Triple-A. He is hitting an even .400 with one home run, 11 RBI, four triples and three doubles in 18 games for Salt Lake—this while the rest of the Angels' outfield severely struggles.

Expect the Angels to play it safe with Trout and give him time to rest his hand if it is needed.