Mike Trout out of Sunday’s game due to hamstring tightness

By Vincent Page
May 5, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) hits an RBI single in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) hits an RBI single in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mike Trout has missed two of the past three games. What was originally thought to be rest turned out to be a hamstring issue. And now, he is absent from Sunday’s lineup.

Mike Trout has been an iron man so far in his career. In his four full major league seasons, Trout has missed a total of 16 games. Two of those seasons had five missed games while the other two had three, a number that has already been matched this year.

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Needless to say, the Angels are a completely different team without Trout in the lineup. He is easily the best offensive player on the team (and possibly in the league). Trout also takes the Angels solid defense to elite by allowing Cameron Maybin to play in left field instead of center.

This is the first time in Trout’s career that he is sending Halo fans into distress because of injury. While he has gone through bumps and bruises (left wrist injury in 2015), a hamstring is an entirely different issue. With his wrist injury, he was able to DH and help on offense. However, Trout and the Angels have to just sit and wait for his hamstring to loosen up.

Trout was scheduled to start on Saturday night, and was even announced with the starters before the game. However, the training staff noticed something during warm ups and decided to take caution with Trout. He is out of the lineup for Sunday’s rubber match against the Houston Astros.

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In the two games without Trout this year, the Angels are 1-1 and scored a total of five runs. They lost 11-3 Thursday night, then won last night by a score of 2-1.

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These absences are still thought to be precautionary for Trout. The Angels will not want to risk anything with the two-time MVP. He is expected to be back in action on Monday when the team travels to Oakland.

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