The Los Angeles Angels got a bit of a scare in the last week or so when Mike Trout was forced to miss a few games with discomfort in his back. While he is still out of the lineup on Wednesday night, an MRI on the back came back clean so Trout should be able to avoid the disabled list.
According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com:
Prior to Wednesday’s game, Trout got a clean MRI on his back, which forced him to miss games on Saturday and Sunday and then get removed from the lineup after just one inning on Tuesday. The Angels’ center fielder was told he merely has inflammation in his mid-left back, an ailment that isn’t expected to land him on the disabled list.
That is especially good news for the Angels given their strong play of late. They just got Josh Hamilton back off the disabled list, so now they can finally see what their lineup looks like when it is whole. An injury to Trout would have deferred that development even further.
Trout has gotten the attention of some people because his strikeout rate is through the roof this season, up to 26.3%. That has led some to conclude that Trout is slumping. That seems hard to believe, however, given his .925 OPS and the fact that he is a 3.5 win player through 54 games (according to FanGraphs).
Trout and the coaches all agree that this should be nothing serious, and they should have the best player on the planet back in the lineup soon enough. That’s good news for the Angels and for baseball fans in general.