Mike Trout Injury: Updates on Angels Star's Hamstring and Return

Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 21, 2014

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 17:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels runs home to score on a sacrifice fly to take a 2-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 17, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Updates from Friday, May 23

MLB Lineups announces that Trout is back:

Updates from Thursday, May 22

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has the latest on Trout:

Mike Trout was out of the Angels’ lineup for the first time this season, resting a tight left hamstring. He’ll get two straight days off, with Thursday’s off-day.

Trout said he was feeling better Wednesday, and “will be ready to go Friday for sure.”

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Clearly, no one is safe from the relentless grind that is a Major League Baseball season. 

Arguably the best young star in the business, Mike Trout has become the injury bug's newest victim, according to the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin:

Fortunately, it doesn't sound serious. After leaving Tuesday's win over the Houston Astros in the fifth inning, the 22-year-old played down the extent of the injury.    

"It’s just a little soreness, it’s no big deal," he told the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna. "I don’t feel it when I run. I just feel it a little after I run. I just know it’s there."

Still, considering the fact that hamstring injuries can linger, especially for players who have as much speed as Trout, this is something worth monitoring. 

On the other hand, perhaps this will give the phenom some time to clear his head. A two-time runner-up for the AL MVP in his first two seasons, "The Millville Meteor" has gotten off to a fairly slow start (for him), hitting just .270/.361/.511 through 45 games. He has the second-most strikeouts (56) in the majors. 

Erick Aybar is taking Trout's spot in the two-hole on Wednesday, and for as long as he's sidelined, Collin Cowgill and the recently activated Kole Calhoun will fill in at center field.