The Angels, as one would expect, are taking no chances with superstar outfielder Mike Trout after he strained his right groin Tuesday night.
Trout was removed from the Halos’ 11-8 victory over the Brewers after three innings. Manager Brad Ausmus told reporters the move was precautionary.
“Trouty wanted to stay in the game,” Ausmus said, per MLB.com. “He said there might have been a little soreness from a workout that he’d had either earlier (Tuesday) or (Monday), but we can’t lose that guy for any length of time, so it was really my call. He lobbied to stay in and I said we can’t take the chance.”
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Trout told the media he suffered the strain while running the bases in the second inning. He added that he was feeling better postgame.
It’s not known whether Trout will play in Wednesday’s series finale, but as MLB.com noted, the Angels are off Thursday, so giving him two days to recover would make sense. A stint on the injured list is not under consideration at the moment.
“Obviously I wanted to get back in there, but after talking to the doctors it’s a pretty good thing I came out. I didn’t want to push it, especially this early in the season. I’ve just [got to] get it right and when it’s right, I’ll play,” Trout said, per MLB.com.
Trout is off to a blazing start at the plate this year after signing a record contract extension through 2030 that will pay him $426.5 million. He has put up a .406/.592/.938 slash line with five home runs and 12 RBIs in the team’s first 12 games.
He was limited to 140 games in 2018 (wrist inflammation) and 114 games in 2017 (torn thumb ligament) because of injuries.
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