Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout returned to the starting lineup Monday for the first time in nearly a week, while left-hander Tyler Skaggs was sent to the 10-day injured list in advance of a three-game series opener at Texas against the Rangers.
Trout, who is batting .406 with five home runs this season, came away with a strained right groin while running the bases during Tuesday's home game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was not in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers and did not travel with the club for a weekend interleague series versus the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field this past weekend.
Skaggs will miss time with a sprained left ankle, while right-hander Jaime Barria was recalled to take his place on the roster. The Angels also announced that third baseman Taylor Ward was optioned back to Triple-A Salt Lake, while right-hander John Curtiss was recalled.
Skaggs pitched Friday against the Chicago Cubs, recording seven strikeouts without a walk, but he did surrender three home runs and lasted just four innings in his team's 5-1 defeat. His ankle injury occurred while fielding a Kyle Schwarber bunt against the Cubs.
Skaggs is 1-2 this season with a 4.20 ERA over three starts and 15 innings pitched. Ward had a hit in six at-bats with the Angels. Curtiss, who has 17 games of major league experience over the past two seasons with the Minnesota Twins, had a 9.82 ERA over 3 2/3 innings at Salt Lake.
Barria is being recalled to the Angels for the second time this season. He gave up one run on four hits over 2 2/3 innings in a relief appearance Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
--Field Level Media