Game Thread 5/29: Braves vs. Angels

Posted May 31, 2017

With Phillips' absence, the lineup moves up a slot, with Nick Markakis hitting second, Kemp third, and Matt Adams fourth.

Trout is on the DL for the first time in his career and will need surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left thumb.

"We'll sit down and from there, come up with the plan", Angels general manager Billy Eppler said.

It was the 598th home run of Pujols' career. He's also leading in home runs, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list for the first time Monday for the first time in his career.

After scoring just six runs in their three previous games combined, the six-run third inning the Braves enjoyed looked massive.

Trout had an outstanding start to the season, slashing.337/.461/.742 with a.479 wOBA through 206 plate appearances.

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Braves star Freddie Freeman is on the disabled list with a fractured wrist.

After some deliberation, Trout chose to have surgery to fix the injury.

"It's definitely the best course of action for him right now, and I think he's comfortable with the decision", Mike Scioscia said.

"Losing Mike is huge because of the way he plays the game with so much passion".

Those guys weren't doing much to help Trout as it was, so trying harder might not be enough. He gave up a two-run shot to Steven Souza the second inning. Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran has been excellent on the road (2-0, 0.71 ERA) and he will try to keep that trend alive opposite veteran Ricky Nolasco. The Tigers scored four runs in the eighth, highlighted by Cabrera's two-run single. Houston won its fifth in a row and improved to 36-16 by overcoming a six-run deficit with an 11-run eighth inning Monday, beating Minnesota 16-8. The five-time All-Star returned from his injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket for his start at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

Mike Trout's injury is no laughing matter, but at least Angels fans were able to get a little bit of comic relief from a former player of theirs.