The Angels announced that Mike Trout‘s fourth rehabilitation game with Class-A Inland Empire was his last rehabilitation game. The reigning MVP will return to big league action when big league action resumes on Friday.
Trout has been out since May 28, when he tore a ligament in his left thumb while sliding headfirst into second base. He missed 39 games. The Angels managed to tread water while he was gone, going 19-20 during Trout’s absence. Not that it matters all that much with the Astros beating the heck out of the world and holding a 16.5 game lead. The Angels are only three back in the Wild Card, however, with the Twins, Royals Rays and Yankees ahead of them.
Trout was well on his way to a third MVP season when he went down, hitting batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 homers, 36 RBIs and ten stolen bases in 47 games. It’s hard to miss as much time as he has and still rate for postseason awards, but if Trout quickly resumes his pre-injury form and the Angels make a playoff push, he’ll be right back in the conversation.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.