“He’s come a long way from where he was last year at this time,” Scioscia said. “I think, no matter how you try to think you can influence a player with coaching, experience is the best teacher. By him experiencing things with the 12 starts he got here, plus the starts at Triple-A, I think he’s getting a better understanding of where he needs to evolve to.”The Angels haven’t announced their starters for this weekend in Texas, the final three games before the All-Star break, but it would be logical for them to start Ricky Nolasco, Jesse Chavez and JC Ramirez. Ramirez would be on a normal four days rest, while the other two would get five.After the break, the Angels have three off days in the first 11 days. They could conceivably go with four starters until July 29, although it’s unlikely they would do that because they seem to prefer to give their starters an extra day when possible.The Angels are also expecting to have Matt Shoemaker ready to return sometime after the break. Shoemaker is scheduled to throw three or four innings at Class-A Inland Empire on Tuesday. The Angels also could get Tyler Skaggs back in late July or early August.Trout update Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mike Trout went through a workout with Inland Empire before Tuesday night’s game, and he reported “continued improvement,” according to a statement released by the Angels. He will work out again on Wednesday, and he could play in a game either Wednesday or Thursday, the Angels said.Trout is working back from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. Although he won’t be back in time for next week’s All-Star Game, it’s possible he could join the Angels when the second half begins next Friday.Long and overdueAlbert Pujols snapped a 64-plate-appearance homer drought in memorable fashion. Pujols belted a homer 459 feet, into the upper deck in center at Target Field. It was his longest homer since 2009, according to ESPN’s home run tracker. MLB currently uses Statcast to measure homers, but they were measured by different means prior to 2015.The distance didn’t matter to Pujols.“It doesn’t matter,” Pujols said. “As long as they don’t catch it. It can go 405 or 500 feet. It’s cool when you hit it far, but it’s cool when you barely hit it out too.”Pujols 603rd homer helped take some of the sting out of an extended cold streak. In a month since hitting homer No. 600, Pujols is hitting .205.“I’ve hit some balls hard,” Pujols said. “There’s nothing you can do. Sooner or later, it will flip.”AlsoThe Angels recalled reliever Mike Morin to take Meyer’s roster spot…Nick Franklin was in the lineup at second base for the second time since the Angels acquired him last weekend. MINNEAPOLIS >> The All-Star break is coming at a bad time for Alex Meyer.Meyer was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday, a day after his latest rough outing. It’s a combination of Meyer needing to “work on things,” Manager Mike Scioscia said, and the Angels needing only four starters because of an off-day and next week’s All-Star break.“It makes sense,” Meyer said. “It’s just the way it goes sometimes. I’ll just go down there and get some things straightened out.”Meyer gave up five runs in five innings Monday night, with four walks. Although it was a sloppy outing, he still has shown progress. He had a 2.25 ERA in the six starts before Monday’s game. For the season, Meyer has a 4.18 ERA, along with 6.1 walks per nine innings.