Mike Trout began his rehab assignment last night, playing his first game since tearing a ligament in his left thumb while sliding into second base on May 28 against the Marlins. He played for High-A Inland Empire in the DH slot. He went 0-for-3.
Outside of the bragging rights for the High-A pitcher who struck Trout out in his second at bat, the results don’t matter much here, obviously, just Trout’s health. On that score he told reporters that he felt “great” physically. Assuming that holds up, Trout should be on track to return to the Angels’ active roster after the All-Star break.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper advanced to the second round of the 2018 Home Run Derby, swatting 13 home runs to best the 12 hit by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Harper was a No. 2 seed to Freeman’s No. 7, so the outcome isn’t a surprise. The hometown crowd in Washington, D.C. were certainly pleased that their star has advanced.
Harper would have had 30 seconds of bonus time since he hit two home runs that went 440 feet or total, but he got to 13 with time to spare in regulation. Harper maxed out at 467 feet in distance and 113 MPH in exit velocity. When interviewed on the field after his performance, Harper said, out of breath, “I’m tired!”
The second round is set. Rhys Hoskins (17 homers) will oppose Kyle Schwarber (16). Harper (13) will take on Max Muncy (17).