January 30, 2023

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Trout's injury exit adds to Angels' woes

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Slugger leaves game with left groin tightness after double

ANAHEIM — A hectic day for the Angels became even more so when Mike Trout exited in the bottom of the third inning with what the club announced was left groin tightness.

It was shaping up to be a great offensive game for Trout, who hit a two-run home run in the first inning, then doubled in the third. Trout appeared to wince as he reached second base, but stayed there for the next batter. After Jared Walsh flied out, Trout had a short discussion with the team trainer before heading to the dugout. He was replaced by pinch-runner Jo Adell, who came around to score one pitch later on Max Stassi’s ground-rule double. Adell remained in the game in right field, while Juan Lagares shifted to center.

Trout had gone 0-for-26 prior to Monday, the longest drought of his career, before singling in the first inning of that game to snap his skid. He’d come to the ballpark early to get some extra batting practice in, facing live pitching at 12:30 p.m., several hours before he’d normally begin his pregame workouts.

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