In the finale of the four-game set against the Texas Rangers, Mike Trout was hit in the hand by a fastball from Spencer Patton in the fifth inning and was taken out of the game.
After x-rays on his hand came back negative, the Angels were able to breathe a sigh of relief because their superstar center fielder avoided a serious injury. Trout had missed nearly all of last season with a calf strain that cut his season short after only 36 games.
Thankfully for the Angels, he is expected to slot back into the lineup when they begin a seven-game home stand against the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Guardians, via Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register:
“I feel a lot better, and I’ll be in there on Friday” Trout said.
Trout got off to a hot start in 2022 and will be a much welcomed addition to a surging Angels lineup.
His .972 on-base plus slugging, five extra-base hits, and one to one strikeout to walk ratio is what we all expected to see from the best player on the planet.
Trout offers advice to young outfielder
Before the 2022 season, the Angels figured to be in a great position with their outfield. Trout is healthy with Brandon Marsh looking to take the next step and establish himself as a star, but Jo Adell has been somewhat of an enigma.
The former top prospect is still trying to gain his footing at the big league level after a difficult start to his tenure in 2021. Last season he put up a below league average wRC+ of 90 and it seemed that he just wasn’t ready for the Majors.
But with as much raw ability Adell possesses with speed, power, and defensive potential, paring him with Trout and Marsh in the outfield would provide the Angels with a legitimate trio.
Early this season, Adell’s struggles seemed to continue. This is all from a small sample size so that is definitely something to take note of, but he struck out in nine of his 15 plate appearances, and his issues defensively have been costly in the run department.
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