San Bernardino, California —— On Wednesday night at San Manuel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout began a rehab assignment with the High-A Inland Empire 66ers. He was scheduled to take at least two at-bats, and ended up getting three; in them, against the Stockton Ports (Oakland Athletics), Trout was 0-for-3 as the team’s designated hitter before he was pinch-hit for with Cody Ramer for his fourth at-bat.
He grounded out weakly to second base in his first at-bat, against Athletics prospect Kyle Friedrichs. In his second at-bat, also against Friedrichs, Trout struck out after fouling off a few pitches. In his third and final at-bat, against Andrew Tomasovich, Trout flew out to center field. That was his first game action in weeks, of course, so it’s understandable that Trout’s timing was just a little bit off as he saw his first game action ahead of a likely return to the Angels in another week or two. He tracked pitches pretty well, though, and looked healthy without any pain or problems in swinging the bat.
Here’s our full video (open-faced) of every single pitch Mike Trout saw Wednesday night at his rehab assignment:
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Trout will start tonight for Inland Empire, too, and he’s scheduled to play the outfield as well as hit. From there, as it stands now, he’ll reportedly be with the 66ers through Monday, at which point the Los Angeles Angels will make a decision about what to do next with their star outfielder. No issues, no reported health concerns, and a big first day back out on the field—hitless or not, this was certainly a big first step for Mike Trout in his path back to full health and the resumption of his big league stardom.