“I thought about it, a lot of people were saying I should do it, but it’s my decision,” Trout said before Wednesday night’s game against the
Trout, who will start for the
"Like Albert says," Trout said, "it's just like taking another round of batting practice."
Trout, who ranks third in the AL with 22 home runs, said that Manager
"I didn't even talk to him about it," Trout said. "Obviously, Scioscia doesn't like it, but he didn't come up to me and tell me I couldn't do it. I'm sure he's against it, but he said it was up to me."
Pujols, who leads the AL with 26 home runs, will oppose
"Albert wanted me to do it, and my friends back home were always texting me, wanting me to do it," Trout said. "I enjoyed watching it as a kid. Being on the field and having a teammate do it this year will be fun."
Trout was concerned enough about being pitched inside that he began wearing an elbow pad Tuesday night after getting hit by a pitch for the third time in three games and seventh time this season, tied for fourth-most in the league.