The Angels optioned Hermosillo to their alternate training site Monday. Hermosillo's removal from the active roster likely sets the stage for the return of Mike Trout (personal), who is expected to be activated from the restricted list ahead of the Angels' next game Tuesday in Seattle. After claiming a spot on the Angels' Opening Day roster, Hermosillo appeared in seven of the team's first 10 contests of the season, going 2-for-8 with two RBI and a stolen base.
Hermosillo went 1-for-1 with an RBI single, a walk and a stolen base in a loss to Houston on Sunday. Hermosillo entered the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning, but he ended up getting two plate appearances as the game went into extra frames. After Houston scored a run in the top of the 10th, Hermosillo responded with a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning to plate the runner at second and tie the score. He then maneuvered himself into scoring position by stealing second base, but the Angels stranded him at third and ultimately took the loss. Hermosillo has largely served as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement this season, collecting two hits and a walk over 10 plate appearances.
The Angels recalled Hermosillo from their alternate training site Thursday. Hermosillo will crack the Angels' 30-man Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder. He could end up serving as a platoon mate for Brian Goodwin initially, but Hermosillo's hopes for earning even semi-regular playing time could take a hit if top prospect Jo Adell is added to the active roster at any point in the 60-game season.
Hermosillo was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday. The 25-year-old made a strong case for a roster spot in spring training with a 1.326 OPS, two doubles, two homers and two stolen bases in eight games, but it appears he'll be in the minors once play resumes. Hermosillo and top-prospect Jo Adell will be the top options for promotion should the Angels suffer any outfield injuries.
Hermosillo is a strong contender for one of the Angels' final roster spots, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. While the team has yet to make a decision on who will fill the extra-outfielder role, Hermosillo appears to have the edge due to a strong spring in which he hit .450 with two home runs, seven RBI and a pair of stolen bases. Among other contenders for a roster spot, Luis Rengifo and Taylor Ward hit .240 and .308, respectively, in Cactus League play.