Angels GM reiterates no plans to shut down Trout for year

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Los Angeles Angels general manager Perry Minasian reiterated Wednesday that there aren’t any plans to shut down star outfielder Mike Trout for the rest of the season.

The three-time AL MVP has not played since May 17 after going on the injured list due to a right calf strain. The original prognosis was six to eight weeks, but Trout has been out of the lineup for 12 weeks since sustaining the injury.

Wednesday marked the 75th game that Trout missed, which is his longest stint of missed games in his 11-year career. Trout’s progress stalled after he felt some discomfort after a couple days of running the bases a couple weeks ago.

Scans showed that the calf is continuing to heal, albeit slower than anticipated.

“My policy with any player is we go day to day and communicate,” Minasian said before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays. “From our end, we will not rush him. We want him to feel good about how his calf feels and to play at his level when he does come back.”

The Angels went into Wednesday’s game at 57-57, marking the 22nd time this season that have a .500 record. They are 39-35 without the All-Star slugger.

Trout, who turned 30 Saturday, went on the injured list May 18 after he came up limping while running between second and third base during the first inning against Cleveland.

When he got hurt, Trout was leading the majors with a .466 on-base percentage. He was batting .333 with eight homers and 18 RBIs in 36 games.

“You want to you want to go into that those offseason months knowing that, `Hey, I played again, I felt good, everything’s fine.’ So that’s always part of it, too,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.