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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Mike Trout

Angels offer update on Mike Trout’s groin injury

Mike Trout

Mike Trout suffered a groin injury during Tuesday night’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers and said he was expecting to return to the lineup either Friday or Saturday, but the Los Angeles Angels are playing it safe with their $430 million man.

On Friday, the Angels said Trout has shown a reduced amount of swelling in his groin and is improving by the day. However, he will be held out until at least Sunday, when doctors will reevaluate him.

This sounds like a situation where Trout feels well enough to play, but the Angels see no reason to rush him back this early in the season. While he’s off to an incredible start with a .406 average, five homers and an eye-popping .592 OBP, groin injuries can linger. The Angels don’t want that happening, so they’re likely trying to be sure Trout is 100 percent healthy before he takes the field again.

Mike Trout targeting Friday return from groin strain

Mike Trout

Mike Trout is targeting a Friday return from his groin strain.

Trout left Tuesday night’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers after tweaking his groin in the second inning. He indicated after the game that the injury was not serious enough for an MRI, but the team is still holding him out on Wednesday anyway.

The Los Angeles Angels have Thursday off and then begin a 3-game series against the Cubs in Chicago on Friday. Trout hopes to be ready for Friday but says he will not push things if the weather is really cold.

Trout has been incredible this season even by his standards. He’s batting .406 with five homers, a league-leading 13 walks, a league-best .592 OBP (!!) and 1.529 OPS. His recent series against the Texas Rangers was one of the best ever.

Mike Trout does not seem concerned about groin injury

Mike Trout

Mike Trout was forced to leave Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning after he suffered a groin injury, but it does not sound like he is expected to miss significant time.

Trout, who injured his groin running to second on a fielder’s choice, left the game in the fourth and the Angels announced he should be considered day-to-day. After the Los Angeles won 11-8, Trout downplayed the severity of the ailment.

Considering Trout remained in the game for another inning and looked to be in good spirits after he was removed, it’s no surprise he isn’t concerned about the groin tweak. The star outfielder is off to a hot start with a .406 batting averaging and .938 slugging percentage, so the Angels will want him back in the lineup as quickly as possible.

Mike Trout day-to-day after leaving game with groin strain

Mike Trout

Mike Trout is day-to-day after leaving Tuesday night’s Los Angeles Angels game with a strained groin.

Trout appeared to hurt his groin on a slide into second base on a fielder’s choice that ended the bottom of the second against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was replaced in center field by Peter Bourjos in the fourth, and the Angels later explained why.

Based on the way Trout was acting in the dugout before manager Brad Ausmus replaced him, the MVP did not seem to be injured too badly.

Trout was 2-for-2 in the game before exiting. He’s batting a whopping .406 with a .938 slugging percentage so far this season.

Christian Yelich tips cap to Mike Trout after being robbed of home run

Christian Yelich cap

Christian Yelich had nothing else to do but tip his cap after being bested by his fellow MVP on Monday night.

Yelich drove a pitch from Los Angeles Angels starter Trevor Cahill deep to center to lead off the top of the third. Trout went back and robbed Yelich of a potential home run:

Yelich may have been bothered about losing an extra-base hit but had a sportsmanlike response:

That’s pretty much what is required to get Yelich out at this point. The reigning NL MVP is batting .361 with an outrageous .889 slugging percentage this season.

Mike Trout giving Rangers’ manager ‘nightmares’

Mike Trout

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout so thoroughly dominated the Texas Rangers in the first three games of their weekend series that manager Chris Woodward will be seeing him in his nightmares.

Trout has homered in every game against Texas so far. On Friday, he homered twice, and on Saturday, he hit a grand slam in a 5-1 win. Overall, through the first three games of the series, Trout has hit four home runs in nine at-bats and has driven in seven runs.

Understandably, Woodward has just about seen enough.

Woodward is probably not alone. Trout has tormented many a manager during his career, but he’s on a particularly hot streak this weekend. He is, after all, the highest-paid athlete in American sports history, and he’s showing how deserved that title is.

Mike Trout comes up limping after sliding into second

Mike Trout

Mike Trout was limping after sliding into second base following a double in the Los Angeles Angels’ game against the Oakland A’s on Thursday.

Trout batted with a runner on first and two outs in the top of the eighth. He smoked a line drive to center and decided to stretch for a double. He slid into the base and beat the tag, but he paid the price. Trout came up walking gingerly — possibly because he had aggravated a previously irritated area.

A trainer came out to look at Trout, but he remained in the game.

Trout went 1-for-3 with a walk. The Angels were shutout 4-0 and only had three hits in the game. Once again it looks like an offense of Trout and everyone else for the Angels.