The Los Angeles Angels are hobbling toward the All-Star break as they attempt to stay within reach of an AL Wild Card spot. Star outfielder Mike Trout has been out for the last three games with upper back spasms, but the good news is that all signs point to him being back in the lineup on Saturday.
Mike Trout Injury Update
Phil Nevin told reporters after the Angels' 9-1 loss to the crosstown Dodgers on Friday night that he plans to play Trout. Not only that, but Trout himself confirmed his return. Back injuries can be tricky, so learning all the three-time MVP needed was a couple of days of rest has to be a relief for LA fans.
After originally leaving Tuesday's game against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning, Trout underwent an MRI and CT scan. The results came back clean without showing a strain. It was great news considering Trout has played only 89 games over the last two seasons due to various injuries.
Trout was recently named to his 10th All-Star game in the last 11 years and continues to prove he is one of the league's best hitters. The 30-year-old is slashing .270/.368/.599 across 79 games to go along with 17 doubles, 24 home runs and 51 RBI. He also ranks fourth in the AL with 55 runs scored.
It's become clear that Trout cannot carry this team to the playoffs all by himself, though. The Angels sit 9.0 games back in the Wild Card race with a 39-52 record. They'll look to improve after the All-Star break and have odds set at +15000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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