Trout out of the lineup with back stiffness …

Center fielder Mike Trout was a late scratch from Saturday’s lineup due to stiffness in his upper back that was giving him a hard time rotating, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Scioscia originally had Trout in at designated hitter, then took him out entirely after he spent all of pregame laid up in the trainers’ table. The 22-year-old superstar was fine on Friday, going 2-for-5 with a homer to straightaway center field in the 9-5 loss, but woke up feeling stiff and got his second day off this season.

Trout was also bothered by a tight left hamstring earlier this week, which prompted him to start at designated hitter against the Astros on May 20 and miss the May 21 series finale for precautionary reasons.

“We were going to try to see if he could go out there and swing, but it’s just not quite loose enough to where you want him to risk any further injury,” said Scioscia, who put Grant Green in Trout’s place at the No. 2 spot. “Hopefully it’s something that quiets down and he’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”

Here’s the full lineup …

Erick Aybar, SS
Grant Green, LF
Albert Pujols, 1B
David Freese, 3B
Howie Kendrick, 2B
C.J. Cron, DH
Chris Iannetta, C
Kole Calhoun, RF
Collin Cowgill, CF

SP: LH Tyler Skaggs

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