DENVER -- Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout, who was hitting hard all weekend, took a hard hit in the second inning of Sunday’s 10-8 win over the host Colorado Rockies, but was able to stay in the game.
Trout, The Inquirer’s 2009 South Jersey player of the year from Millville, crashed into the centerfield wall as he almost robbed Tyler Colvin of a three-run home run in the second inning.
At first it appeared as if Trout made a sensational catch, and Colvin wasn’t sure it was a home run for a few moments. The ball, momentarily in Trout’s glove, went over the fence as he smashed his left wrist in the wall.
Angels medical staff came out to examine Trout, who stayed in the game.
After the game Angels manager Mike Scoscia said he expects Trout to be in the lineup in Monday’s game against the host Los Angeles Dodgers.
“He’s OK,” Scioscia said. “He banged it a little bit as he went over the wall and has a little contusion but hopefully he will be OK tomorrow and we expect him to play.”
Trout expressed similar confidence.
“It’s fine,” Trout said. “It’s going to be sore.”
Trout said there was some initial concern.
“It made my hand go numb and that is why I was worried,” he said.
As for the near catch?
“I felt like I had it at first but when I hit the fence, it fell out,” he said.
After the injury, Trout batted four times. He struck out twice, but had a hard-hit single past third base and in his final at-bat flew out to deep center.
“It’s sore swinging but not broken or anything so I am not worried about it,” Trout said.
Trout, now batting .350 with a .955 OPS and a team-high 33 runs scored, completed an dominating series as the Angels swept Colorado, scoring 28 runs in the three victories at Coors Field.
In the three-game sweep, Trout went 8 for 14 (.571) with eight runs scored, two RBIs and four stolen bases.
“I was seeing the ball well here,” he said.
He was also hitting it pretty well, too.