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Los Angeles Angels activate outfielder Mike Trout from injured list

Jul 22, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels activated star outfielder Mike Trout from the 10-day injured list prior to Friday’s game against the host Detroit Tigers.

Trout, 31, has not played since July 12 when he left a game against the Houston Astros with back spasms. He since has been diagnosed with costovertebral dysfunction at his T5 vertebrae, which refers to the inflammation of a joint connected to a rib at the thoracic section of his spine.

The three-time American League MVP began taking batting practice on Saturday.

Trout is batting .270 with 24 home runs and 51 RBIs in 79 games this season. The 10-time All-Star has played in just 115 games over the past two seasons because of his current injury and a right calf strain that cost him most of 2021.

In 12 seasons, all with the Angels, Trout is a career.303 hitter with a 1.000 OPS, along with 334 home runs and 867 RBIs.

The Angels optioned outfielder Steven Duggar to Triple-A Salt Lake following Wednesday’s game.

Duggar, 28, is 1-for-19 with 13 strikeouts in nine games with the Angels in 2022. He previously went 3-for-17 with 12 strikeouts in eight games this season with the Texas Rangers.

–Field Level Media