ANAHEIM — The Angels and the American League All-Star team breathed a big sigh of relief on Wednesday.
MRIs and CT scans of Mike Trout’s sore back revealed no structural damage, and the center fielder is day to day after experiencing spasms Tuesday night. Trout was not in the lineup Wednesday night against the Houston Astros, but was potentially available on the bench pending treatment.
Angels head athletic coach Mike Frostad said Trout first reported symptoms during the Angels’ Miami series last week.
“Coming back from Baltimore, he felt pretty good,” he said. “That long flight didn’t help much. It’s part of the game. We just have to deal with it.
The three-time American League MVP was voted to play in his 10th All-Star Game (as a starter) Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. Frostad said the injury shouldn’t affect his availability for the game.
The Angels recalled Jo Adell from Triple-A Salt Lake for the third time this season and named outfielder Monte Harrison for assignment. Luis Rengifo moved up to third in the lineup, between Taylor Ward and Jared Walsh, with Adell playing on the right field. The room moved to the center.
Harrison, 26, went 2 for 11 with a home run in nine games after his promotion from Triple-A Salt Lake. He signed a minor league contract with the Angels after being released by the Marlins in spring training.
Adell had reached base in each of the 13 games he played for Triple-A Salt Lake since returning from a knee injury on June 26. .239/.333/.587 to Triple-A.
The stats say otherwise, but in Adell’s mind, there was no turning point in his season.
“I don’t think there was anything specific, just keep hammering away at my early work,” he said. “Just playing the game, just trying to get better and be better. Every chance I get, try to take notes on what I did when things weren’t going well, go back and compete again. The more I understand myself, the better I am. That’s kind of how this game is.
In 25 games with the Angels heading into Wednesday, Adell hit .250 with three homers and 10 RBIs. As he replaces Trout in the line-up, caretaker manager Phil Nevin said the short-term nature of Trout’s injury suggests “there is no pressure”.
“Knowing Jo’s personality, his makeup, he’s a major league player,” Nevin said. “He has all the confidence in the world. It’s an asset for him, something that I think is a huge asset for him.
Relief pitcher Jimmy Herget reported no issues after his bullpen Tuesday, and the right-hander remains on track to return shortly after the All-Star break, Frostad said. Herget is 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 25 games this season.
Houston (LHP Framber Valdez, 8-4, 2.64) at Angels (LHP Reid Detmers, 2-3, 4.22 ERA), Thursday, 5 p.m., Bally Sports West, 8:30 a.m.