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Mike Trout returns to Angels’ lineup

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout will return to the lineup for Monday night’s game in Texas against the Rangers. He’s batting second and playing DH.

Trout, 27, was removed in the fourth inning of last Tuesday’s game against the Brewers with a groin injury and has been out since. He was in the midst of a ridiculous start to the 2019 season, batting .406/.592/1.529 with five home runs, 12 RBI, eight runs scored, and 13 walks in 49 plate appearances.

Brian Goodwin and Peter Bourjos handled center field while Trout was absent. Goodwin is again playing in center on Monday night. It remains to be seen when Trout will return to the outfield, but that he is in the lineup is an encouraging sign.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.