NBA center Jason Collins' landmark announcement on Monday that he is gay was met with praise in the Angels clubhouse, pointing to the growing sense that it's no longer a question of if, but when, openly gay players will be accepted in the majors.

Collins (Harvard-Westlake High) is the first active player in a major sport to announce he's gay.

"It took a lot of courage to do what he did," Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo said. "He seems to be getting a lot of support for what he's done. I'm sure it's been a tough process for him, but it's nice to see people rallying around him."

Asked if he believes baseball is ready to accept an openly gay player, Angels manager Mike Scioscia repeated tersely that it's "not an issue."

"I'm sure it already happened," Scioscia said. "A baseball team's a baseball team. It's made up of a lot of different aspects.

"It's not an issue. Not an issue."

Trumbo said he believes professional baseball clubhouses are ready to accept openly gay players right now.

"I think teammates are going to rally behind their guys regardless of their personal preferences," he said. "I don't see any reason why there would be an issue as long as long as everyone's professional."

Asked if he thought it could happen soon, Trumbo said "I wouldn't be surprised in the least."

He acknowledged the 12-year NBA veteran's announcement could accelerate the process.