Entering his third season with the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout has been relatively healthy. However, a recurring back injury has forced him to miss the last couple of games.
The 22-year-old left in the second inning of Tuesday’s 7-2 loss against the Houston Astros due to some discomfort in his back. Although it appears to be a minor setback, the Angels should proceed with caution as it could turn into more games missed and potential a DL stint if not handled properly.
Trout was beginning to hit with some consistency over the past couple of weeks prior to the initial injury as he had an 11-game hitting streak, which included five multi-hit games that saw his batting average jump from .263 to a respectable .294. In a nutshell, Trout was beginning to play like the player he has been over his first two years in the league. But now that he is dealing with some back problems, it puts a bit of a damper on his resurgence.
It also came at a time where the Halos were starting to move up in the standing behind the Oakland Athletics, but the injury forced Trout to miss two of three all-important games. His team dropped all three games and fell back to 4.5 games out of first place. With Trout out at least for the foreseeable future, it will now put pressure on Josh Hamilton, who returned to the lineup from his left thumb injury.
Again, Trout’s injury could be minor, but it is one that the Angels must tread carefully with before it becomes a much bigger problem.