By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Reporter
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was pulled from Tuesday night’s game against Boston with a tight left groin, but he’s not worried about being put on the gap.
The three-time MVP grimaced in the third inning as he ran for first base after hitting a Red Sox starter double Garrett Whitlock. The trout easily reached second but not at full speed. He tried to stretch the leg once there but got out of the game after talking to coaches.
“Leaving the box, I didn’t feel it and then I felt like a little cramp. Then I got to second base and kinda sore and tried to be smart about it. I’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” Trout said after the Angels fell 6-5 in 10 innings to tie a franchise-record 13-game losing streak. “At least it’s not crazy.”
Trout was injured hours after the Angels fired manager Joe Maddon, with the club mired in a disastrous crisis. Trout endured the worst 0-for-26 drought of his career during that skid but ended the slump with just one on Monday night.
Trout hit a two-run homer to center in the first inning on Tuesday. It was the first time he had multiple hits in a game since May 28 at home against Toronto. He bats .284 and is tied for third in the American League with 14 homers.
Trout missed the final 119 games of last season with a left calf injury. When fans saw Trout struggling with the leg, it brought up those memories.
There was no scan or MRI after Trout left the game. Interim manager Phil Nevin remains cautiously optimistic.
“It was an easy decision to take him out of the game. He had two great at bats. It was good to see him swing the bat like that and hopefully it’s not too bad,” said Nevin: “We have to reevaluate tomorrow because these things can get funny right away. Tomorrow is really the gauge for us.”
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