ANAHEIM — It was a scary moment for the Angels when Mike Trout came out late in Tuesday’s third, an eventual 6-5 loss to the Red Sox in 10 innings at Angel Stadium that extended the Angels’ losing streak to 13 in a row . Games.
Trout’s disease, reported as left groin tightness, will require further evaluation on Wednesday. At the moment, however, it appears the decision was made out of caution rather than serious concern.
“It’s a little sore,” Trout said after the game. “Coming out of the box, I didn’t feel it. And then I felt like a little cramp. And then I got to second base and [was] just a little painful, and we’re just trying to be smart about it.
For the moment, no test is planned for Trout. Whether or not he can play Game 3 of the series with Boston will depend on how he feels when he gets to the park.
“We really have to see him the next day to really see what’s going on there,” said interim manager Phil Nevin, who took over after Joe Maddon was relieved of his duties earlier in the day. “But he doesn’t seem too alarmed about it.”
It was shaping up to be a great offensive game for Trout, who hit a two-run homer in the first inning and then doubled in the third. Trout appeared to wince as he reached second base, but stayed there for the next batter. After Jared Walsh flew off, Trout had a quick chat with the team coach before heading for the dugout. He was replaced by pinched runner Jo Adell, who came on to score a throw later on Max Stassi’s brace.
Trout had gone 0-26 before Monday, the longest drought of his career, before choosing in the first inning of this game to break his skid. He had come to the ballpark early that day for more batting practice, facing the live pitch at 12:30 p.m., several hours before he would normally begin his pregame practices. With three hits in his next five at bats, the results of that effort seemed to be showing.
“It’s just good to see him swing the bat like that, and I hope it’s not too bad,” Nevin said. “But like I said, we have to reevaluate that tomorrow. These things, they act funny right away, and tomorrow is really a gauge for us.
The Angels are already pretty stoned, with several key hitters on the disabled list. They are missing third baseman Anthony Rendon (right wrist inflammation), right fielder Taylor Ward (right hamstring strain) and infielder David Fletcher (hip surgery).
But more than anyone, there’s simply no replacement for Trout. The Angels felt it keenly last year when Trout missed more than half the season with a sprained right calf. Amid what is now the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history, it would be a devastating time for the Angels to lose him. Even with the crisis, he’s still slashing .284/.388/.601 with a 183 wRC+, the fourth-highest mark in MLB.
At a time when it would be understandable for optimism to be in short supply, Nevin said he’s not worried about his players putting up a fight.
“I’m not at all worried about the morale of these guys,” Nevin said. “We lose, it’s calm [in the clubhouse], sure. But you saw the effort today, from everyone. Some good shots, good defensive plays. … I thought there were a lot of great things that happened. It was just a baseball game where we ended up on the wrong side.