When asked about the pluses and minuses of relying on as many young players as the Angels are this season, Torii Hunter paraphrased noted philosopher Forrest Gump. Young players, Hunter said, "are like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're going to get" from one game to the next.
Eleven players on the current 25-man roster have less than two years of major league service time, and the Angels are living with the ups and downs that come with that.
"The long and short of it is we've got a lot of youngsters who are getting their opportunity," manager Mike Scioscia said. "There's a learning curve, and we've lost some games to the learning curve. But I think the bottom line is we're a team that will improve as the year goes on."
The news that Kendrys Morales would not return this season plus Vernon Wells' recent groin injury (after he slumped through the first six weeks of the season) -- among other things -- have given the Angels little choice but to rely on young players such as center fielder Peter Bourjos and first baseman Mark Trumbo, both of whom have been slumping recently.
"Our offensive struggles are not focused on two guys," Scioscia said before Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Mariners. "But those are two young guys that have played a lot and, sure, at some point you want to let them sit and watch a game and catch their breath. We'll see where it goes."
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