ANAHEIM — Mike Trout will be in uniform when the Angels visit the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox this week. For once, he will not be front and center.
Trout will begin taking dry swings Tuesday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. It’s the first small step in a lengthy rehab process from a thumb fracture Trout suffered last month.
“He’ll be with our medical staff as we travel,” Scioscia said. “When he starts into baseball activities, he’ll be with the guys on our coaching staff. When he starts to put his hand in a glove he’ll have a splint in there just to be able to catch, be out there and doing pregame to work on his defense, run down baseballs, get acclimated with that part again.
“He’ll be with us. It’s where he belongs and where want him.”
Trout underwent surgery May 31, and was projected to miss six to eight weeks. The Angels’ game against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday was the 20th Trout has missed since the injury.
Scioscia said that Trout is “about where you would expect a guy with his injury to be looking at moving forward, with respect to picking a bat up.”
Despite the time he’s missed, Trout still leads the Angels in home runs with 16. He ranks second in the American League in Wins Above Replacement (3.3) under the Fangraphs formula and ranks fourth in the AL under BaseballReference.com’s version of WAR (3.4).
Trout began throwing and working out during the Angels’ homestand this week.
The Angels set their rotation for their series against the Yankees. Right-hander Parker Bridwell will start Tuesday’s game opposite right-hander Michael Pineda. Ricky Nolasco will move back a day and pitch opposite left-hander Jordan Montgomery on Wednesday. Jesse Chavez will oppose right-hander Luis Severino on Thursday. … Bridwell said he threw an abbreviated 20-pitch bullpen session Sunday.