Angels outfielder Mike Trout was pulled from Sunday afternoon’s game against the Mariners after two innings due to right calf tightness, the team announced. Trout is considered day-to-day.
Trout lined out in his first-inning at-bat against Yusei Kikuchi. He gave chance to an Austin Nola homer in the top of the second, but other than that, there were no plays in which he was involved so it’s not clear yet exactly how Trout suffered his injury.
Trout, 27, entered Sunday’s action the prohibitive favorite for the AL MVP Award, batting .306/.456/.668 with 30 home runs, 75 RBI, and 74 runs scored in 401 plate appearances. He leads the majors in on-base percentage, adjusted OPS (196), and walks (77) while leading the AL in homers, RBI, slugging percentage, and OPS.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.