Angels star Mike Trout will not play in MLB All-Star Game

Angels outfielder Mike Trout has decided he will not be attending this year’s All-Star Game due to an injury, but he still plans to attend the event.

He missed his fourth straight game on Saturday with upper back spasms. This is the third time Trout has withdrawn from the Midsummer Classic, scheduled for Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, due to injury.

Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France will replace Trout on the AL roster, MLB announced Sunday.

Trout has been struggling with back problems since the team’s streak in Miami last week.

He was pulled out of the middle of the Angels’ game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday due to back spasms. Interim manager Phil Nevin said after that game that he didn’t like the way Trout moved in midfield and noticed he was trying to straighten his back after his second at-bat.

Nevin planned to rest Trout for two days and the team were cautiously optimistic that Trout might be available for a pinch hit.

After losing to the Dodgers on Friday, Trout was eager to play in Saturday’s Freeway Series Finals. Nevin was then inclined to reinstate Trout for the last game before the break because Trout said he was feeling better by the day.

Trout was listed as a starter on Saturday and Nevin seemed excited ahead of the game, noting that Trout would not have inning restrictions. But before the first pitch he was completely scratched out of the game.

After the game, another loss for the Angels, Nevin said Trout’s back problem flared up. Trout went on to explain that he just didn’t feel right swinging in the batting cages before the game.

“The smart thing was just not to play,” Trout said after Saturday’s game. “I didn’t want it to get any worse.”

Trout said he doesn’t know the cause of his back problem, which he clarified on Friday says he feels deep in his muscles. The team performed an MRI and CT scan on him Tuesday night, which showed no structural damage.

No further testing was scheduled for Friday and athletic trainer Mike Frostad said the Angels had all the information they needed.

“It’s a little worrying,” Trout said Saturday of the possibility that his back problem could be a longer-term injury. “I’m staying positive. It’s just frustrating. I don’t know what really triggered it. You know, trying to locate it. I’ve been making a lot of swings over the last three weeks but I can’t pinpoint it exactly and it’s just, it is what it is.

Skipping the All-Star game gives Trout five days to rest with hopes of returning to the Angels for their next series, which begins Friday against the Braves in Atlanta. Angels star Mike Trout will not play in MLB All-Star Game

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