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Trout (stiff neck) misses start as precaution

Angels center fielder collided with wall attempting catch Sunday
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ANAHEIM -- Angels center fielder Mike Trout sat out Monday night's 3-1 win over the A's with neck stiffness, but he is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, according to manager Mike Scioscia.

Scioscia said Trout tweaked his neck after colliding with the wall while trying to catch Brian McCann's triple in the eighth inning of the Angels' 7-5 loss to the Astros on Sunday afternoon.

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ANAHEIM -- Angels center fielder Mike Trout sat out Monday night's 3-1 win over the A's with neck stiffness, but he is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, according to manager Mike Scioscia.

Scioscia said Trout tweaked his neck after colliding with the wall while trying to catch Brian McCann's triple in the eighth inning of the Angels' 7-5 loss to the Astros on Sunday afternoon.

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"We'll hold him out as a precaution," Scioscia said. "Hopefully he'll be back in there tomorrow."

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Cameron Maybin started in center field on Monday night in place of Trout.

Entering Monday, Trout had not missed a game since returning from a thumb injury on July 14. The 26-year-old outfielder is in an 0-for-17 slump, the second-longest drought of his career.

Worth noting

• Right-hander Alex Meyer continues to play catch as he works his way back from an inflamed shoulder, which has kept him sidelined since July 24. Scioscia said the Angels are still hopeful that Meyer would be able to return and pitch again in September.

"It's still a long range with Alex as far as where he's going to be, but he'll keep going through the process," Scioscia said. "Hopefully we'll get good news and see if he's going to be available sometime next month."

• Right-hander JC Ramirez remains shut down with an elbow strain. The Angels have not provided a timetable for his return.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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