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Angels star Mike Trout leaves game after getting hit in hand

Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was an early exit during his team’s series finale against the Texas Rangers after being hit in the left hand by a pitch.

During the fifth inning of Sunday’s contest, Rangers reliever Spencer Patton threw an 81 mph slider inside on a 3-2 count that Trout attempted to avoid at the last minute. The three-time American League MVP Award winner was shown in clear pain after being hit by the pitch and was subsequently checked out by head athletic trainer Mike Frostad.

After some discussion, Angels manager Joe Maddon opted to remove Trout from the game, as he brought in Brandon Marsh off the bench to take hold of center field. For now, Trout is set to undergo a medical examination on his left hand.

It remains to be seen whether Trout suffered any notable injury, especially considering how numerous players in previous seasons have come away with significant injuries after being hit by a pitch. For one, Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton sustained a left-hand fracture after he was hit by a pitch during a home game against the Cincinnati Reds in late June last season. He was not cleared to return to in-game action until late August.

Trout is just coming off of last year’s season-ending calf injury. He received the green light to feature in spring training earlier this year and went on to start in the Angels’ Opening Day game against the Houston Astros. He entered Sunday’s game with a .250 batting average to go along with two home runs recorded through eight games played.