As the Los Angeles Angels wrap up their four-game series with the Texas Rangers, they got a scare as superstar outfielder Mike Trout was injured during the finale.
Trout was hit on the left hand by a fastball from Spencer Patton in the fifth inning before he was taken out of the game.
But thankfully for the Angels, the x-rays on his hand came back negative and he is considered day to day.
Last season, the Angels were without the former American League MVP for most of the season as he suffered a calf strain in mid-May and never took the field again in 2021. Trout only appeared in 36 games but still managed to hit .333/.466/.624 with a 190 wRC+ and 2.3 WAR in that time.
His loss was a big blow to the club and ultimately led to another disappointing season despite the superhuman contributions of Shohei Ohtani.
The Angels rebuilt their rotation this offseason with the hopes of getting back to the playoffs and they will need Trout healthy to reach their goal.
This season, the 30-year-old outfielder is hitting .250/.382/.536 with a 170 wRC+ and 0.4 WAR in his first eight games.
Noah Syndergaard still building velocity
Noah Syndergaard had another successful outing in his second in his second start for the Angels on Saturday against the Rangers.
The right-hander pitched six innings while allowing just two runs on five hits while adding four strikeouts with no walks. In his Angels debut, he pitched 5.1 scoreless innings and now owns a 1.59 ERA this season.
While his early success is encouraging, the 29-year-old has yet to fully hit his stride in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, but the results have been encouraging for both Syndergaard and the Angels regardless.
So far this season, Syndergaard is averaging 95 mph on his fastball, a drop from his previous average that sat around 98 mph and touched triple-digits consistently, but he believes that high velocity will come back to him eventually.
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