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OC Register: Mike Trout is improved but not ready to return to Angels lineup

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ANAHEIM — Mike Trout’s groin told him he shouldn’t play quite yet, and so did the calendar. The weather report might even play a role in determining if Trout returns this weekend.

“If it was later in the season and it was a tight race, I’d obviously want to be out there,” said Trout, who was not in the lineup on Wednesday because of the injury.  “But you have to be smart, especially this early in the season. It’s April 10 or whatever, so if I miss a couple of games here, it’s no big deal.”

Trout came out of Tuesday’s game because he felt tightness in his groin. Speaking Wednesday afternoon, Trout said he felt “a lot better” after a day of treatment, but he seemed to support the decision to take at least two more days off. Trout will have another day to rest because of the team’s scheduled off day on Thursday.

The Angels open a series against the Cubs on Friday in Chicago, where the high temperature is forecast to be in the low 50s all three days, weather conducive to muscular injuries. Manager Brad Ausmus said it was a “possibility” that Trout could play on Friday. However, the weather “would be a consideration when it came to Trout.”

After the three games in Chicago, the Angels head to much warmer weather in Arlington, Texas, and then home for an eight-game homestand.

“I have to be smart,” Trout said. “I don’t want this to be a six-week thing if I go out there and hurt it more. I have to make sure I’m 100 percent.”

The interruption comes just as Trout was off to the best start of his career, hitting .406 with five homers and a 1.529 OPS in the Angels’ first 12 games.

Trout had just reached base for his second hit of the game on Tuesday when he felt something as he was trying to beat a force at second. He continued for an inning in the outfield before coming out of the game.

Without Trout, the Angels moved Brian Goodwin to center field and put David Fletcher in left on Wednesday night.

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