Mike Trout back in Angels’ lineup following heel scare

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Angels center fielder Mike Trout missed his first game of the 2015 season on Tuesday night against the Twins because of soreness in his left heel. But he claimed it was only a minor issue and he is back in the starting lineup Wednesday in the second game of a three-game set versus Minnesota.

Trout, 23, is batting .307/.400/.614 with 28 home runs and 57 RBI in 395 plate appearances this season for the American League West-leading Angels. He ranks second in FanGraphs’ version of WAR, only behind 22-year-old Nationals slugger Bryce Harper. The future is now, people.

Trout was named the MVP of last week’s 2015 All-Star Game at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park.

Aaron Judge has a “pretty significant strain” of his oblique

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In case you missed it over the weekend, the New York Yankees suffered yet another huge blow when another huge star went on the injured list. The star: Aaron Judge, who strained his oblique during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals.

Yesterday the Yankees placed him on the injured list. In so doing, Yankees manager Aaron Boone called it a “pretty significant strain in there.” The team did not offer a timeline, but Boone said they’ll monitor Judge for a couple of weeks to see where he is. Oblique strains, however, can cause a player to miss a lot of time. Four to six weeks is not unheard of for even moderate oblique strains. Guys with major strains have missed months.

Judge is the Yankees’ 13th player currently on the injured list and is the 14th Yankees player to visit it overall on the young season. Joining him there at the moment :

It’s an All-Star team’s worth of injuries. It’s such a good group of players that Ellsbury couldn’t even make the starting lineup of the all-injured team.

Though we often ignore it in season-long narratives of successful and unsuccessful teams, choosing to focus on great or poor performances, the fact of the matter is that team health is almost always a big, big factor in who wins and who loses. No one is going to cry for the Yankees here, of course, but at some point there are just too many injuries to overcome. One has to wonder if New York has reached that point yet.