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.
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.
Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.
Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”
Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.
Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.