Updates from Thursday, June 5
MLB Lineups reports Mike Trout is back in the Angels' lineup:
6/5 @Angels lineup vs. HOU Calhoun RF Trout DH Pujols 1B Hamilton CF Kendrick 2B Freese 3B Ibanez LF Iannetta C Aybar SS Skaggs P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) June 5, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, June 4
Mike Trout is not in the Angels' lineup, the team announced:
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com and Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register pass along information on Trout's MRI:
Mike Trout's MRI is clean. Just inflammation on mid/left back. #Angels— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 4, 2014
#Angels Mike Trout said MRI was clean. He's day to day— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 4, 2014
Gonzalez provides comments from Trout and information on the Angels' star's status:
Said Trout: “It’s definitely good news.”
Trout was out of the lineup on Wednesday and said he’s “not going to do much today, probably just go throw and see if I can hit in the cage.”
“I’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” Trout said. “Maybe I’ll go tomorrow."
"If I don’t feel it at all, I’ll play,” Trout said. “I just have to be smart about it.
It was bothering me yesterday during the game, and I was pretty happy I woke up and it wasn’t worse. That’s always a good thing.
Manager Mike Scioscia was asked about the possibility of placing Trout on the DL. Gonzalez has his answer:
Scioscia on Trout: "We’re not anticipating a DL with Mike at all. In fact, the opposite." #Angels— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 4, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, June 3
After returning, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports that Trout has left the game:
Mike Trout, who missed the previous two games, has left after 1 1/2 innings.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 4, 2014
Reason for Trout's exit: Mid back discomfort.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 4, 2014
Mike Trout said he's "not too concerned" about back. Doctor saw him postgame & didn't notice anything but general soreness. X-rays tomorrow.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 4, 2014
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register had more:
#Angels Mike Trout will be evaluated tomorrow. Some tests. "Were going to take half a step back," Scioscia said.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 4, 2014
MLB Lineups confirmed Mike Trout's return to the Angels' lineup after dealing with an ailing back:
6/3 @Angels lineup vs. HOU Calhoun RF Trout CF Pujols 1B Hamilton LF Kendrick 2B Ibanez DH Freese 3B Iannetta C Aybar SS Wilson P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) June 3, 2014
Updates from Sunday, June 1
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports Mike Trout is not in the Angels' lineup:
Lineup: Calhoun RF, Aybar SS, Pujols DH, Ibanez LF, Kendrick 2B, Freese 3B, Cron 1B, Conger C, Cowgill CF; Weaver SP. #Angels— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 1, 2014
Gonzalez passes along comments from Trout:
Mike Trout said he's feeling better, but not good enough to swing the bat. Will try to stay loose in case they need him. #Angels— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 1, 2014
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reported that Trout was available late in the Angels' 6-3 loss to the A's on Sunday:
#Angels Mike Trout (back) said he was ready to play late in game. Expects to play Tuesday. Off Monday.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 1, 2014
Gonzalez previously reported Trout was expected to play:
Mike Trout expects to play tomorrow, said back is "night and day" from where it was in the afternoon. #Angels— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 1, 2014
Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was removed from the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Oakland Athletics as a result of back stiffness, per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com:
Mike Trout has upper back stiffness. Out of the lineup.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 31, 2014
Trout was originally set to DH but has since been replaced by C.J. Cron:
New lineup ... pic.twitter.com/Ne1NN6VVgP— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 31, 2014
So far this year, Trout has failed to match the stratospheric heights he reached during his first two full seasons in the league.
His batting average has dropped from .323 at the end of 2013 to .294. His on-base and slugging percentages have also decreased slightly to .380 and .549, respectively. Trout's strikeout percentage has also risen, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
Ryan Parker of Baseball Prospectus (subscription required) identified slight tweaks in Trout's swing as the biggest reason for his regression.
However, it's likely only a matter of time before Trout irons out the issues in his swing and is back to his old self. He didn't get to this level without being able to adapt when necessary.
Since this injury doesn't appear to be too serious, the 22-year-old shouldn't be on the shelf for too long.