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Mike Trout relieved over avoiding serious injury on Opening Day

Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels and the team’s fans all breathed a collective sigh of relief that the superstar slugger avoided serious injury in Thursday’s 4-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Opening Day.

Trout, fresh off signing a 12-year, $426.5 million megadeal, came up a bit lame after sliding into second base during the eighth inning. Trout was legging out a bid for second base on a fielding error by A’s center fielder Ramon Laureano following a single.

The Angels superstar limped gingerly following the slide and was examined by trainers before remaining in the game. While getting looked at, it was shown that Trout had suffered an earlier mishap sliding into the same base — “got a good raspberry, ” he noted — during which some skin was torn off his right shin.

In the end, Trout for the most part was no worse for wear despite the injury scare, and said as much after the game.

“Had a little bit of compression on my calf [from the pad], and my calf cramped up a little bit,” Trout said, via ESPN. “That’s what scared me. But it’s all good now. I’m fine. Other than that, I got a strawberry. That’s it.”

Trout went 1-for-3 with a walk at the plate in his first game after signing his historic deal. It goes without saying the fact Trout remained in the game probably made an Opening Day loss much easier for the Angels to take.