Trout back in lineup after missing 3 games with groin strain

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, right, is greeted by Brian Goodwin after he scored on a single by Albert Pujols during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

CHICAGO — Mike Trout’s injured groin has improved enough for him to rejoin the Los Angeles Angels in Texas, although his return to the lineup is still uncertain.

The Angels announced Trout was seen by Dr. Steve Yoon on Sunday and ultrasound imaging showed “improvement to his groin.”

The statement also said Trout had reported improvement.

Trout “will continue to be evaluated to determine his readiness to play,” the statement said.

Trout left Tuesday’s game after the third inning, when he first reported discomfort in his right groin.

A day later, he said he felt it was improved but wanted to be cautious because it’s so early in the season and he didn’t want to risk causing the injury to be more serious.

The Angels had Trout remain in Southern California while the rest of the team traveled to Chicago, and he underwent further tests Friday. The tests Friday also showed improvement, although not enough for him to get to Chicago for Saturday’s game.

By staying in Southern California for two more days, Trout missed only one more game, because Sunday’s game was postponed by snow.

The weather in Texas, where the Angels are scheduled to open a three-game series Monday, will be more conducive to maintaining the players’ health.

The forecast high temperates for the three days range from 77 to 82 degrees, with a chance of rain Wednesday.

So far, Trout has missed parts of four games with the injury, and the Angels have won three of them.

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