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Trout day to day after HBP on left hand

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ARLINGTON — Angels superstar Mike Trout was hit on his left hand by a pitch from Rangers right-hander Spencer Patton, forcing him to exit in the fifth inning of Sunday’s 8-3 win at Globe Life Field. Trout underwent X-rays that came back negative, indicating he didn’t break a bone. 

Trout will be day to day, but manager Joe Maddon said he will likely be out of the lineup for Monday’s game against the Astros. Trout was hit by an 81.1 mph slider on the top of his hand and immediately writhed in pain. He was looked at by head athletic trainer Mike Frostad and Maddon before he left the game due to the injury. He was replaced by Brandon Marsh as a pinch-runner, and Marsh promptly stole second base.

“It’s just one of those things, I guess,” Trout said. “I couldn’t really see out there with the shadows. Like on a normal day, I’d probably just turn and and just get hit. But it was a battle to see the ball.”

Trout could miss a few games with the injury, but it doesn’t appear to be a lengthy injury like he dealt with last season. He was limited to just 36 games last year because of a strained right calf that he sustained May 17.

Maddon saw the immediate bruising on Trout’s hand when he went out to check on him on the field, so he believed it made sense to get him out of the game.

“Even though it was a slider and it was 81, if you get hit in the wrong spot, it can hurt you,” Maddon said. “I went out there and he was in more pain than you’d think just by looking at it. So we just decided, ‘Let’s just get him out of it and get him on some ice and get looked at.’”

Trout, 30, has been off to a strong start this year, batting .267/.405/.567 with two homers, three doubles and three RBIs in nine games. He opened the series with a 472-foot homer to center Thursday and was 1-for-2 with a hustle RBI double in the third inning prior to exiting Sunday.

Trout was relieved the X-rays came back negative, but he pointed out that the hand was the last place he wanted to get hit by a pitch.

“It was frustrating, for sure,” Trout said. “It could’ve hit me anywhere else, but it hit me on my hand. I knew it hit me square. I got some X-rays and so I’ll take it day by day and see how I feel tomorrow. It’s pretty swelled up. It’s a lot better since I first got hit.”

If Trout misses time, Marsh would be expected to get the bulk of playing time in center field. The Angels also have Jo Adell and Taylor Ward on their active roster, and Ward has been off to a solid start since being activated from the injured list Saturday.

Marsh went 0-for-2 with an RBI groundout in the eighth inning. And even though Trout’s injury put a damper on the game, every Angels starter reached via either a hit or a walk in the game. It also was the Halos’ fifth win over their last six games and they took three out of four in Texas.

“I thought Shohei [Ohtani], Trouty, Ward, [Andrew] Velazquez and [Tyler] Wade did great work at the plate and on the bases,” Maddon said. “It was just a fun game. I want us to do a little bit of everything — hit for power, run the bases, get a couple bunts down — we had the hit-and-run going. Everything was in play today, and I loved that.”

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