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NEW YORK – The Angels transferred injured center fielder Mike Trout to the 60-day injured roster on Monday, meaning the three-time MVP will only officially return from his grade 2 right calf strain after the all-star break of the next month of July 12 -15.
However, Angels manager Joe Maddon said Trout was progressing well and hit his batting cage for the first time on Monday since injuring himself in a game on May 17. Maddon still wasn’t sure exactly when Trout will be able to return, but said he was over 50% healed of his injury.
“He had a great baseball activity,” Maddon said. “He’s moving in the right direction.
The Angels moved Trout from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL to create an opening on the 40-man roster for outfielder Scott Schebler, who had his contract selected on Monday and will start in left field for the Angels as they open a four-game series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Players on the 60-day IL do not count towards a team’s 40-player roster.
In a matching move, the Angels chose infielder Kean Wong – one of many infielders who replaced outfield corners as the Angels recently battled a string of injuries.
“He’s a real outfielder,” Maddon said of Schebler, who has scored 0.148 with three doubles in 11 games with the Angels this season. “I think Schebler allows us to move everyone into the outfield again and give us a guy who has played there consistently.”
As for Trout, Maddon said the team haven’t finalized a possible rehab mission to complete before returning to the big leagues, but reiterated he is making good progress.
“I don’t know all the answers to these questions except that he’s okay, he’s making progress,” Maddon said.
Trout was defeating .333 with eight homers, 18 RBIs and basing percentage plus 1.090 strokes before he was injured.
In other roster news Monday: Maddon said outfielder Justin Upton (sprained lower right back) should be able to come off the injured list when he qualifies this weekend.
Here is the Angels schedule for Monday night: