ANAHEIM — It was a scary second for the Angels when Mike Trout exited within the backside of the third on Tuesday, an eventual 6-5 loss to the Red Sox in 10 innings at Angel Stadium that prolonged the Angels’ shedding streak to 13 straight video games.
Trout’s ailment, introduced as left groin tightness, would require additional analysis on Wednesday. For the time being, although, it appears the transfer was one made out of an abundance of warning fairly than critical concern.
“It’s a little sore,” Trout mentioned after the sport. “Coming out of the box, I didn’t feel it. And then I felt, like, a little cramp. And then I got to second base and [was] just a little achy, and we’re just trying to be smart about it.”
As of now, there’s no testing scheduled for Trout. Whether or not he’s capable of play within the third recreation of the sequence with Boston will rely upon how he feels when he will get to the park.
“We have to take a look at him the next day, really, to get a good look at what’s going on there,” mentioned interim supervisor Phil Nevin, who took over after Joe Maddon was relieved of his duties earlier within the day. “But he doesn’t seem too alarmed about it.”
It was shaping as much as be a fantastic offensive recreation for Trout, who hit a two-run house run within the first inning, then doubled within the third. Trout appeared to wince as he reached second base, however stayed there for the following batter. After Jared Walsh flied out, Trout had a brief dialogue with the workforce coach earlier than heading to the dugout. He was changed by pinch-runner Jo Adell, who got here round to attain one pitch in a while Max Stassi’s ground-rule double.
Trout had gone 0-for-26 previous to Monday, the longest drought of his profession, earlier than singling within the first inning of that recreation to snap his skid. He’d come to the ballpark early that day to get some further batting apply in, going through reside pitching at 12:30 p.m., a number of hours earlier than he’d usually start his pregame exercises. With his three hits over his subsequent 5 at-bats, the outcomes of that effort gave the impression to be exhibiting.
“It’s just good to see him swinging the bat like that, and hopefully this isn’t anything too serious,” mentioned Nevin. “But like I said, we have to reevaluate this tomorrow. These things, they act funny right away, and tomorrow’s really a gauge for us.”
The Angels are already fairly banged up, with a number of key hitters on the injured listing. They’re lacking third baseman Anthony Rendon (proper wrist irritation), proper fielder Taylor Ward (proper hamstring pressure) and infielder David Fletcher (hip surgical procedure).
But greater than anybody else, there may be merely no changing Trout. The Angels felt that keenly final yr when Trout missed greater than half the season with a proper calf pressure. In the midst of what’s now the longest single-season shedding streak in franchise historical past, it will be a devastating time for the Angels to lose him. Even with the droop, he’s nonetheless slashing .284/.388/.601 with a 183 wRC+, the fourth-highest mark in MLB.
At a juncture the place it will be comprehensible for optimism to be in brief provide, Nevin mentioned he’s not involved about his gamers exhibiting struggle.
“I’m not worried about the morale of these guys at all,” mentioned Nevin. “We lose, it’s quiet [in the clubhouse], of course. But you guys saw the effort today, from everybody. Some great at-bats, some good defensive plays. … I thought there were a lot of great things that happened. This was just a baseball game where we ended up on the wrong side of it.”