Trout misses second straight with back issue …
Trout woke up with the stiffness around the middle of his back on Saturday morning, got scratched from the lineup after originally being slated to start at designated hitter, was laid up in the athletic trainer’s table as the Angels went about an 11-3 loss and didn’t feel quite good to play in the finale against the A’s on Sunday morning.
Trout said the back is “a lot better than yesterday,” but “I still feel a little bit in there.”
“It sucks,” Trout said about missing two games against the first-place team in the American League West. “I want to be out there. I just want to get it better.”
Trout was hooked up to a handheld electric stimulation machine pregame, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia was hopeful that he could be available to him off the bench.
“If he can swing the bat, to start at DH, we would’ve considered it,” Scioscia said. “But right now, it’s a little bit too stiff to do that four or five times. We’ll see if he’s got one [at-bat] in him. If not, hopefully he’ll be ready on Tuesday.”
Trout – batting .294/.380/.549, with 11 homers and an American League-leading 63 strikeouts – has now been out of the Angels’ lineup three times, also missing the May 21 game against the Astros out of precaution over a tight left hamstring. The Angels have an off day on Monday before starting a three-game series in Houston, and Trout isn’t concerned about the back issue lingering.
“It definitely feels better than yesterday,” he said. “But it’s still there. I don’t want it to get worse.”
- Josh Hamilton, 4-for-9 in his last two games for Triple-A Salt Lake, is apparently done playing rehab games. He’ll work out with the Minor League team in Albuquerque, N.M., for the next two days in anticipation of being activated for Tuesday’s series opener in Houston.
Here’s the Angels lineup …
Kole Calhoun, RF
Erick Aybar, SS
Albert Pujols, DH
Raul Ibanez, LF
Howie Kendrick, 2B
David Freese, 3B
C.J. Cron, 1B
Hank Conger, C
Collin Cowgill, CF
SP: RH Jered Weaver