Mike Trout plays in his first rehab game for Inland Empire 66’ers
The Los Angeles Angels got two wins on Wednesday. The first was a 2-1 victory over the Twins to break a three game slide. The second was the news that Mike Trout completed his first rehab game for the Inland Empire 66’ers with no issues.
The Los Angeles Angels got a strong pitching performance from Parker Bridwell as the rookie went six innings giving up only one run. Offensively the Angels got a solo homer from Kole Calhoun and Cameron Maybin stole home in the sixth to give the Angels just enough offense. Bud Norris pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 12th save of the season.
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Meanwhile across the country in San Bernardino the Angels Single-A Affiliate the Inland Empire 66’ers took on the Stockton Ports and #27 Mike Trout laced it up for the first time in five weeks. Trout got to the plate three times going hitless in three at-bats. Trout grounded out, struck out, and flied out in his three plate appearances before exiting the game.
In an interview with George Alfano of MLB.Com Trout said, “I feel great mentally and there was no problem physically, and it didn’t bother me and I felt good after the first at-bat.” Trout added, Tomorrow I may try playing the field.”
Trout was hoping to play in the All-Star Game and maybe even play for the Angels before the All-Star Break, but the Angels did not want to push Trout’s rehab and take a chance of him having a set back. Inland Empire will continue to play at home through this Sunday giving Trout four more chances to play if he so chooses.
Trout was having possibly he best season ever when he went down with the thumb injury he was hitting .337 with 16 homers and 36 runs batted in with 10 stolen bases. Trout was elected to his sixth straight All-Star Game despite missing the past five weeks of the season.
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We will see how Trout will do on Thursday in his second rehab game.
In other news Huston Street will again go on the disabled list due to a strained groin and the Angels recalled Eduardo Paredes to take Street’s place on the roster in the Angels bullpen. On Tuesday the Angels also sent Alex Meyer to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled Mike Morin for him.
Meyer will not be needed as a fifth starter with the All-Star Break coming up in a few days.
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Halo Hangout will again be out in Inland Empire Thursday to continue with coverage of Mike Trout’s rehab assignment.