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Mike Trout to rejoin Angels on Monday

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout, absent for the last five days due to a groin injury, will rejoin the team ahead of a three-game series with the Rangers in Texas beginning on Monday, ESPN reports. Trout underwent an ultrasound, which the Angels said “showed further improvement.”

Trout exited last Tuesday’s game against the Brewers in the fourth inning with the injury. He appeared to sustain the injury running the bases in the second inning after an infield single.

It’s not clear yet if Trout will actually participate in Monday’s game, but he appears to have avoided a stint on the 10-day injured list. Trout was off to a torrid start prior to the groin injury, batting .406/.592/1.529 with five home runs, 12 RBI, eight runs scored, a stolen base, and 13 walks in 49 plate appearances.

Collin McHugh headed to injured list with elbow discomfort

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Astros starter Collin McHugh will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to discomfort in his right elbow, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros recalled Brady Rodgers from Triple-A Round Rock.

McHugh, 31, has struggled to a 6.04 ERA with a 48/16 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings across eight starts and two relief appearances. If the elbow injury is really an elbow injury and not just an excuse for the Astros to give McHugh a reprieve, this could be bad news.

Rodgers, 28, posted a 3.22 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 16 walks in 44 2/3 innings in the minors this season. He had a cup of coffee with the Astros in 2016, yielding 14 runs in 8 1/3 innings. Here’s hoping his latest stint goes a bit better than that.