Mike Trout is out of the Angels’ lineup again on Friday.
Trout tweaked his right groin Tuesday, sat on Wednesday and the Angels were off yesterday. It was hoped the two days of rest would be enough, but the Angels are being understandably cautious. In part, no doubt, because today’s game is in Chicago and it’s going to be pretty cold. Not exactly the best conditions in which to play with a stuff muscle or three.
Peter Bourjos is in center field instead. Trout is listed as available on the bench and there is no indication that they’ll place him on the injury list, so expect baseball’s best player to be back in action sometime this weekend.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.