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MLB - US Sports: Sigh of relief for Angels' Trout

Los Angeles Angels defeated the Texas Rangers on Sunday in an 8-3 win, however Mike Trout was hit by a pitch on his left hand.

The superstar outfielder was x-rayed and the results came back negative, with the three-time American League MVP being looked at day-to-day.

Angels given Trout scare

Trout is 9/2 to win his fourth AL MVP, however he was struck by a 1-1 slider from Rangers' right-hander Spencer Patton leading off in the fifth inning.

Trout said that difficulty picking up the 81 mph pitch in the shadows on a day when Globe Life Field's roof was open and that he lowered his hands to protect his midsection.

He initially walked toward the visiting dugout and then marched about halfway down the first-base line, where he was met by Angels' trainer Mike Frostad and manager Joe Maddon.

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Concern over knock

Trout then retreated to the clubhouse to get further checks after Maddon saw that the 30-year-old was in more pain than expected and took him out.

The Angels' star is hitting .267 this season with two home runs and two RBI's. He doubled on a flair to short right field during the Angels' three run third inning in which they took a 4-1 lead.

Trout played only 36 games last season because of a calf injury, sustained in May 2021. He hasn't played more than 140 games a season since 2016.

Speaking to the official Los Angeles Angels' website, Trout said : "Like a normal day, I probably just turn like this and just get hit. Could have hit me anywhere else, but hit me in my hand."

Maddon added: "I just decided let's get it looked at, get some ice on it and get you back sooner."

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