Mike Trout returns to Angels for tonight’s series opener with Astros

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield INJURY UPDATESMatt Shoemaker pitched a three-inning simulated game, throwing approximately 45 pitches to minor league batters. Scioscia called it an “encouraging step.”“We’ll evaluate what he’s going to do next week, if he’s ready for a rehab game instead of a sim game,” Scioscia said. “We’ll evaluate when he has enough pitches to get back into our rotation.”Shoemaker, who is on the 60-day disabled list, has been limited to one start this season because of a forearm injury. The Angels are expected to deploy at least one more “bullpen game” before Shoemaker returns, likely Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. …Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is expected to throw another bullpen session Saturday in preparation for a simulated game sometime next week. …Pitchers Tyler Skaggs (left adductor strain) and Nick Tropeano (right shoulder inflammation) have started playing catch on flat ground.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Jaime Barria, 8-7, 3.41 ERA) vs. Astros (RHP Justin Verlander, 12-8, 2.65 ERA), Saturday, 6 p.m., Fox Sports WestRelated Articles “Physically, he’s ready to go,” Scioscia said. “He wants to get back out there. There will be an emotional burden that he and his family will carry forward. He’s ready to come out and play baseball.“I think the routine (of baseball) helps you to get through stuff,” Scioscia added. “It’s a loss. Any time you sit back and reflect, either in the dugout or on the field, it’s always with you.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Trout jammed his right wrist during the Angels’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 1. He received a cortisone shot five days later and was officially placed on the disabled list Aug. 10.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.To make room for Trout on the active roster, outfielder Jabari Blash was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.Trout posted an emotional message about Cox on his Instagram account Thursday.“Aaron, words can’t describe the emotions that I’ve been feeling the past week and a half,” the message began. “You were more than just my brother-in-law … you were my best friend. You made such an impact on my life since the day I first met you.”Trout had appeared in each of the Angels’ first 109 games of the season. This was only the second disabled list stint of his career, which began in 2011. He was batting .306 with 30 home runs and 60 RBIs at the time of the injury. ANAHEIM — Mike Trout returned to the Angels’ lineup on Friday, 23 days after he was sidelined by a wrist injury and nine days after the death of his brother-in-law, Angels minor league pitcher Aaron Cox.Trout did not speak to reporters prior to the game against the Houston Astros, but Manager Mike Scioscia said he and the Angels’ players communicated with Trout throughout his absence.“I think Mike felt the support that was there from all of us,” Scioscia said. “It’s tough.”Trout is batting third and playing center field against the Astros. He hit against minor league pitchers Thursday in Anaheim, totaling about 12 at-bats, Scioscia said. He also worked out on his own while he was with his family in Millville, New Jersey. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img

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