Mike Trout out of Angels’ lineup for first time this season


Alden Gonzalez, the Angels beat reporter for MLB.com, has the news

Trout made an early exit on Tuesday night after first experiencing that hamstring tightness. He felt fine on Wednesday, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia decided to use the opportunity to get his star center fielder some extended rest. Anaheim does not have a game Thursday, so Trout will get two full days off.

The 22-year-old is batting .270/.361/.511 with eight homers and five steals in 45 games this season.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.