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Loss of Mike Trout to Angels will challenge the Salt Lake Bees

Mike Trout's call-up to the parent-club Angels leaves the Salt Lake Bees with a hole in the lineup they will need to fill.  open the season at home  in Salt Lake City  Friday, April 13, 2012.
Mike Trout's call-up to the parent-club Angels leaves the Salt Lake Bees with a hole in the lineup they will need to fill. open the season at home in Salt Lake City Friday, April 13, 2012.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Though exciting for the young and versatile outfielder, what will Mike Trout's recent recall to the Angels mean for Salt Lake?

Trout has been all the buzz since the Bees' season opener on April 5.

He hit .403 with four doubles, a league-leading five triples, one HR and 13 RBIs in the 20 games he played for Salt Lake. With those figures, the top prospect's call to the big leagues was hardly a surprise, as Los Angeles was in dire need of an offensive spark with five straight defeats before Saturday's win over Cleveland. No doubt he'll be a viable asset, but how will the Bees compensate for the loss?

"Obviously he's a dynamic player so losing that out of the lineup is going to have a little bit of a ripple effect," Salt Lake general manager Keith Johnson said. "But the guys in the clubhouse are still quality ball players.

"We're still in a pretty good position even with the losses we've had."

Trout's recall came when the Angels released Bobby Abreu after a 3-2 loss to Cleveland on Friday. Relief pitcher Bobby Cassevah was then activated off of the disabled list and immediately optioned to Salt Lake.

With the transaction, the Bees will be at 14 pitchers and 11 position players.

Johnson noted the importance of his pitching staff, especially with the recent changes.

"There are a lot of quality arms up there — guys who care about putting up zeros and helping us win ball games," he said.

When asked who would be expected to step up in the wake of Trout's absence, Johnson was quick to deem the entire team responsible.

"It's going to be a team effort, not necessarily one person in particular. I'm confident in the guys as far as winning ball games, putting together at-bats, and trying to put up runs."

Though several players are capable of performing, Johnson will anxiously await the return of infielder Luis Jimenez, who remains on the disabled list after receiving a cut on the index finger of his throwing hand on April 12.

"When he gets healthy, he'll add a little bit more to the lineup," Johnson said. "I mean a guy who had 94 RBIs last year in double-A is going to help out our offense a little bit once he gets healthy, and he's not too faraway with his finger."

Just prior to Trout's departure, the Bees dropped back-to-back games to Reno. They fell once more, 3-2, on Saturday to extend their consecutive losses to three. Kole Calhoun led the Bees in the loss, going 2-for-3 at the plate and scoring both runs. Cassevah's debut on the mound consisted of just 12 pitches, eight of which were strikes.

The Bees will look to end the win drought today as they take on Reno in the final game of the homestand.

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