Trout is a virtual lock to start his second straight
But Trout, who is batting .314 with a team-leading 18 homers and 59 runs batted in, seemed genuinely conflicted when asked what he would tell
"I don't know yet, to tell you the truth," Trout said before Monday night's game against the
"As a fan, you're interested in it, it's a fun part of the All-Star experience, but I know the grind it takes to go through that, and it's affected more players' second halves than helped," Scioscia said.
"I don't think it's as much the changing of the swing. It's the volume of full-gorilla swings in a short amount of time. It's like you're on a driving range. You're letting the shaft out from the beginning. It takes a toll on your body."
Trout has played in all but four games this season. If he adds the July 14 home run derby to the All-Star game and the travel to and from Minnesota for the event, he won't get much of a break.
"Personally, I don't think it would mess up my swing — I did one in Class A," Trout said. "But the All-Star break is a time to relax, to take batting practice and enjoy the derby. I have a good time watching it. There are guys out there who want to do it. It's something I want to do, definitely, later in my career."
Monday's rainout extended
Garrett Richards and
When the Angels go back to five starters, the final spot will come down to Santiago, who is 0-7 with a 4.08 earned-run average but has given up four runs in 15 1/3 innings of three starts since June 10, or Shoemaker, who is 5-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 13 games, including eight starts.
Whoever is bumped from the rotation will probably remain in the bullpen as a long man. As a left-hander with extensive relief experience, Santiago could be a valuable asset to a bullpen that has no left-hander.
"I definitely feel like I'm throwing well enough to get my spot back, but you can't take anything away from Shoe," Santiago said. "He's been doing as good a job as anybody."