Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been held out of the lineup since August 1, when he jammed his wrist sliding during last Wednesday’s game against the Rays. Trout received a cortisone injection in his right wrist, the club announced. The Angels are calling his status day-to-day.
Trout, 26, is having another historically great season. He’s batting .309/.459/.624 with 30 home runs, 60 RBI, 82 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases in 482 plate appearances.
Eric Young, Jr. has been handling center field in Trout’s absence. Unsurprisingly, the Angels have gone 1-4 in the five games Trout has missed. Young is again starting in center, batting ninth in Monday night’s lineup against the Tigers.
Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.
Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.
Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.