Trout, who sustained the fracture on a swing on July 3, was scheduled to face live pitching as early as Thursday, which was his final step in his return. Trout, a three-time AL MVP and 11-time All-Star, isn’t expected to need a rehab assignment before he’s reinstated and could return this homestand if he faces live pitching without any issues.
Trout, 32, has hit .262/.369/.493 with 18 homers, 14 doubles and 44 RBIs in 81 games this season. The injury was expected to keep Trout out roughly four to eight weeks and Trout is at the six-week mark.
“We’re gonna move forward with some of the things he’s been doing,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said Wednesday. “He feels like he’s really close [to a return].”
O’Hoppe, meanwhile, spent last week with Single-A Inland Empire, hitting .316 with three doubles and three RBIs in six games. He was moved up to Triple-A Salt Lake and went 1-for-2 on Tuesday and 2-for-3 on Wednesday.
He’s expected to continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake until the middle of next week, as he’s on target to rejoin the Angels for their series against the Mets in New York on Aug. 25.
It would be a fitting return for the Long Island, N.Y., native, as he sustained his shoulder injury on a swing at Yankee Stadium. It would also be a boost for the Angels, as the rookie was hitting .283/.339/.547 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 16 games before suffering the injury.
“He feels really good and really healthy and you guys know him, he wants go to now,” Nevin said. “But we’re treating it kind of like the Spring Training we had a couple years ago when it was a quick ramp up. But he feels good and he keeps accelerating with his stuff.”