CLEVELAND -- Michael Trout's recovery from a right wrist contusion is taking longer than expected.Trout was again out of the Angels' lineup Saturday against the Indians at Progressive Field, and he hasn't played since sustaining the ailment in the first inning of the Halos' 7-2 loss to the Rays on
CLEVELAND -- Michael Trout's recovery from a right wrist contusion is taking longer than expected.
Trout was again out of the Angels' lineup Saturday against the Indians at Progressive Field, and he hasn't played since sustaining the ailment in the first inning of the Halos' 7-2 loss to the Rays on Wednesday, making it the third consecutive game the All-Star outfielder has missed. Manager Mike Scioscia said he thought Trout may have been able to pinch-hit if needed on Friday, but revealed pregame on Saturday that Trout is unable to swing a bat due to the injury.
Scioscia insisted Trout hadn't experienced any setback and that Trout's ability to throw has not been compromised. He will be reevaluated again on Sunday.
"Mike is moving in the right direction, but is not able to swing right now," Scioscia said. "We're still day to day with him. His swing is getting better, but he's not able to go out there."
Eric Young started in center in Trout's place, a day after going 2-for-3 in the team's 7-4 win against the Tribe, which halted a four-game losing streak.
Trout hurt his wrist and exited Wednesday's game in St. Petersburg after sliding into third base on a steal attempt. He tried to hook around the bag to avoid a tag from third baseman Matt Duffy, but tweaked his right wrist while bracing for his slide. X-rays and an MRI revealed only inflammation.
"Injuries heal at their own pace," Scioscia said. "You can project it, you can be hopeful, but you can't move forward until they're at a level where he can play. And he's not quite there yet."
Trout, who turns 27 on Tuesday, is batting .309 with a 1.083 OPS and 30 home runs in 109 games. He said in the clubhouse Friday that he only wanted to return when fully healthy to play in the outfield, and would rather not play as the designated hitter.
Skaggs to DL with adductor injury
The Angels also placed left-handed starter Tyler Skaggs on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a left adductor strain and recalled right-hander Taylor Cole from Triple-A Salt Lake. Scioscia said Cole will be available Saturday if needed.
Skaggs was scheduled to start the series finale Sunday, but Scioscia said it became apparent the starter had tweaked something during his start last Tuesday after giving up 10 runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings to the Rays.
Scioscia also said he's optimistic Skaggs will only miss the 10 days that are required, but didn't say if the southpaw had resumed throwing.
"Tyler felt a little tight in his last start [in] his groin, coming out of it," Scioscia said. "We're not going to take any chances, it's just better that he catches his breath a bit. Hopefully it's just one start that's missed."
Though Scioscia didn't name a starter for Sunday, he anticipates recalling right-hander William McGuire from Salt Lake to provide additional help.
In 20 games this season, Skaggs is 8-7 with a 3.34 ERA. Cole has appeared in six games for the Angels this season and has a 2.25 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 12 innings. McGuire has appeared in seven games with the Angels, and has a 5.94 ERA in 16 2/3 innings.
Casey Harrison is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. You can follow him on Twitter @Casey_Harrison1.