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Mike Trout feels ‘good,’ ‘should be fine’ to play Thursday

Mike Trout is optimistic his latest setback due to injury will be a short-lived one, as the Los Angeles Angels slugger expects to return to the lineup on Thursday.

Trout sat out a third straight game on Wednesday, an 11-2 loss to the Houston Astros, after suffering a calf injury on Sunday. Speaking to reporters ahead of Wednesday’s game, Trout indicated he was available to pinch hit, but the Angels elected to keep him out.

“I feel good,” Trout said, via ESPN. “I feel fine. Just being cautious. I think I’ll be available to hit tonight and I should be fine to play tomorrow.”

An MRI performed on Monday revealed a slight strain in Trout’s right calf. Angels skipper Brad Ausmus indicated Trout would undergo further evaluation before being cleared to play in Thursday night’s series-closing showdown with the division-rival Astros.

“We’re going to get him evaluated again when the doctors get in here and hopefully he’ll be able to go tomorrow full bore,” Ausmus said. “But I can’t swear to that.”

Trout has had a few close calls this season where he avoided suffering a serious injury despite initial severity concerns, and it appears that is again the case with this latest setback with his calf.

The Angels sit at 50-47 heading into Thursday’s game. While the team is 10 games back of the division-leading Astros in the AL West, they remain in the mix in the Wild Card chase, sitting four games back of the second spot.

Trout’s patented outstanding play of course has kept the Angels in postseason contention, as the slugger is slashing at a .305/.455/.666 clip with 30 home runs and 75 RBI.

It goes without saying any extended absence of Trout from the lineup would be devastating for the Angels, and the team appears to have luckily dodged another bullet in that regard.