Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has been diagnosed with a sprained left thumb after leaving Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins. The Angels announced that X-rays taken on Trout's hand were negative for any fracture. He suffered the injury while stealing second base in the fifth inning and yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst. The reigning American League MVP was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game and took the field in the bottom of the fifth, but he was replaced in the sixth. Trout was 0-for-2 when he left the game. He finished 2-for-9 in the series to drop his batting average to .337. The center fielder hit his 16th home run of the season Saturday and is tied with?
Memorial Day typically is the first valid measuring stick for the direction of an MLB team's season. And let's just say the Mets will not be receiving rave reviews come Monday. Even with an 8-1 win on Friday in Pittsburgh behind a two-homer, four-RBI game from Neil Walker and Jacob deGrom becoming the first starting pitcher with the Mets to exceed seven innings this season, the team possesses an unsightly 20-26 record and has spotted the Nationals a 7½-game lead in the NL East. If you want the glass-half-full prognosis, Yoenis Cespedes began a rehab assignment on Friday with Class A St. Lucie, going 0-for-2 with a walk and playing six innings in left field, and Steven Matz and Seth Lugo make
Jesse Chavez has a rule. When he starts, he must pitch at least six innings, or he must stay in the dugout until six innings have been completed. Rendered temporarily incapable of placing pitches along the strike zone’s edges, the Angels right-hander made it only 3 2/3 innings on the mound Friday night at Marlins Park, then waited it out. At the end of the sixth, he headed to the video room to review the evidence of his failure and uncovered what he thought might be the solution. “It was a little too late,” Chavez said. Chavez (4-6) permitted five runs as the Angels lost, 8-5, to Miami. The Marlins entered as losers of 10 of their last 11 home games, but Chavez could not keep them off the basepaths.