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Angels expect Mike Trout to avoid stint on injured list

Mike Trout will be held out of Friday’s series opener against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, but the Los Angeles Angels don’t expect the slugger’s groin injury to require a stint on the injured list.

Meanwhile, Trout, who did not join the team on the trip to Chicago, will be reevaluated Friday by a doctor back in California.

Trout’s unavailability Friday marks the second straight game he’s missed, having sat out of Wednesday’s 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Still, Angels manager Brad Ausmus does not believe Trout’s early-season injury setback will end up being a long-term issue.

β€œHe’s going to get looked at again today and then we’ll make a decision as to whether he comes here tonight or whether he meets us in Texas,” Ausmus said Friday, via the Los Angeles Times. β€œAt this point, we don’t expect it to be an injury where he’s required to go on the I.L. It’s just a matter of how he feels and what the doctors think.”

The fact that Chicago is forecast to have inclement weather for the three-game series is certainly part of the reason why the Angels may opt to sit Trout all weekend.

Trout originally suffered the right groin injury during Tuesday’s game against the Brewers when sliding feet-first into second base on a force out play in the second inning. While he remained in the game for one more evening, the Angels ultimately pulled him.

Trout suffered a scare on Opening Day but avoided serious injury, again on a play at second base. He obviously was not as lucky this week, and indicated he will exercise caution and not to return to the lineup until fully healed to avoid aggravating the injury.

Fresh off signing a historic 12-year, $426.5 million megadeal, Trout has enjoyed an outstanding start to the season, posting a .406/.592/.938 slash with five home runs and 12 RBI along with a 1.529 OPS.