Finger injury not hurting Trout's All-Star chances

Angels slugger started at DH for 7th straight game but could return to OF soon

June 26th, 2018

BOSTON -- started at designated hitter for the seventh consecutive game on Tuesday, but he could be back in center field soon.
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Trout played catch before the Angels' series opener against the Red Sox and said his sprained right index finger has improved.
"It felt better than it did," Trout said. "Just day to day. Hopefully, I'll play in a few days."
Trout's finger injury has hampered his ability to throw, preventing him from taking his usual spot in center field for the last week. While the Angels have managed to keep his bat in the lineup by starting him at DH, Trout has gone just 4-for-18 (.222) over six games in that role, a notable downtick from the .439 average he posted over his previous 16 games in June.
"It's tough," Trout said. "Obviously, you want to go out there. Just the mindset of staying locked in, it's been different. But yeah, I'm trying hard to skip back out in the outfield."
Trout, who missed the Angels' trip to Boston last year because of a thumb injury, is set to play at Fenway Park for the first time since July 3, 2016, giving him an opportunity to add another milestone to his already impressive resume.
Trout is still searching for his first home run at Fenway Park, the only American League ballpark in which he has yet to homer. He has at least four home runs in every other AL venue.
"When it's all said and done, I think he'll break that streak," manager Mike Scioscia predicted.
Trout, 26, remains on pace to earn a starting assignment in the American League outfield at the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park on July 17. According to the latest ballot update released Tuesday, Trout has garnered 1,989,649 votes, the second-highest amount among AL outfielders. Only the Red Sox's (2,337,514) has drawn more.
No other Angels position players are in the top three in voting. and rank fourth among AL first basemen and DH, respectively.
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Worth noting
(left hamstring strain) threw a light bullpen on Monday and will ramp up his work on the mound on Wednesday.
"Tomorrow will be a more intense bullpen, which will give us a little better read," Scioscia said. "But just getting on the slope, he felt fine, which is encouraging."
• Jim Johnson (lumbar strain) is expected to throw off the mound at some point this week.
• The Angels released catcher , who was designated for assignment last week.