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May 18th, 2017

After their three-game sweep over the White Sox, the Angels have climbed back over .500 and sit in third place in the American League West with a 22-21 mark. The Halos enjoyed a day off Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Mets on Friday, so we thought we'd take some time to answer questions submitted by fans.

Here we go:

How is 's rehab process going?

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Street, who sustained a strained right lat in his first outing of Spring Training on March 3, is in Arizona, where he has begun pitching in extended spring games. The next step would be for him to begin a Minor League rehab assignment. Street is on the 60-day disabled list, so he's not eligible to be activated until June 1.

Can any team in the West catch up with the Astros?

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I think it's going to be very difficult considering the Astros are off to a blistering 29-12 start and have built a 7 1/2-gamelead over the Rangers and eight-game lead over the Angels before Memorial Day. Houston is also reportedly interested in bolstering its rotation and bullpen before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline and has a deep enough farm system to add significant pieces, so it could field an even stronger team in the second half.

I believe the team with the best shot at potentially making a run at the Astros are the Rangers, whose nine-game win streak has vaulted them over .500 (22-20) for the first time this season and resurrected their postseason chances. I think it's more likely that the Astros will run away with the American League West, leaving the rest of their division rivals to vie for a Wild Card spot.

If the Angels were to sell players at the Deadline, who do you think would be gone?

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I don't see any obvious trade chips for the Angels right now. While they have several players who are slated to hit free agency at the end of the year, including Danny Espinosa, , , , and , none of them is having particularly eye-opening seasons, making their value on the trade market negligible.

Escobar, who is batting .272 with a .324 on-base percentage and five homers, might be the exception, but he landed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain on Monday and is prone to lapses at third base and on the basepaths. The signing also made C.J. Cron expendable, but Cron is hitting .216 with a .263 on-base percentage and no home runs in 21 games this season.

Is good at this baseball thing? Looking for confirmation.

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Judging from his .341/.451/.742 slash line and 13 home runs this season, I can confirm that Mike Trout is good at baseball.