Angels star Mike Trout remains day to day with back injury

Mike Trout has continued to make progress in his recovery and return from a back injury.

On Thursday, Angels athletic coach Mike Frostad said the midfielder started his rotation work on Wednesday. This work involves exercises aimed at strengthening his muscles in preparation for eventually swinging a racquet.

“Mike is fine,” Frostad said ahead of the Angels’ matinee with the Oakland Athletics. “He’s making progress as we expected and he’s just moving forward with his program. Everything looks good.”

There is no timetable as to when he will start swinging a racquet as his return is being handled on a day-to-day basis. The angels also haven’t discussed a rehab assignment for Trout.

“He’s feeling good, that’s the best thing right now,” Frostad said. “He came back after that first day [of rotation work] and he’s fine.”

Trout will not be traveling with the team for their road series against the Seattle Mariners. He will continue with his program and do the work at the Angel Stadium facilities.

Trout hasn’t played since he was pulled out of the middle of a game against the Houston Astros on July 12 with back spasms. He was placed on the 10-day injured list later that week with a left chest infection and was given a cortisone shot on July 21 to ease the discomfort and aid in the recovery process.

He saw a spine specialist who said the Angels star had costovertebral dysfunction at T5, which the team announced on July 27. The injury term refers to a joint connected to a rib in the thoracic region of his spine that became infected.

Trout and the team are unsure what caused the injury. He speculated that the surge in swings he made between the indoor batting cages and the outdoor batting practice was a major factor – overuse of the joint can cause it to become inflamed.

Shohei Ohtani “good”

Shohei Ohtani was in the starting XI on Thursday and batted second place as the designated batsman.

On Wednesday, Ohtani was pulled before batting in the seventh inning with a forearm cramp in his right arm, which he felt while grabbing a bat late in the game.

“It’s fine,” Frostad said of Ohtani on Thursday. “It was a precautionary move last night and everything has worked and he’s in the lineup today as a DH so all is well… There are very few concerns from our side.”

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