The Angels got mixed news on the injury front on Friday. Outfielder Mike Trout returned to the lineup after missing three games with a tight right hamstring. Second baseman Howie Kendrick, however, is still struggling to return from a hyperextended left knee he sustained on August 5.
As reported by Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Mike Trout was in the lineup and batting third against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. The return was welcome by the Angels, who batted .212 in Trout's absence, all losses to the Cleveland Indians.
Trout was ready to get back into the lineup and said he felt good.
"I wanted to get back," Trout said. "I don't like sitting on the bench. Not what I want to do. I feel fine. I don't feel anything there. I feel normal. I'm ready to go."
As for Kendrick, he was expected back into the lineup by now, but the injury hasn't allowed him to sprint. He is currently only running at 50 to 75 percent, as estimated by manager Mike Scioscia. There is no concern that there is more damage to Kendrick's knee that initially anticipated, but neither Scioscia or Kendrick know how long the injury will take to heal.
"The tests that he had indicate that everything is structurally OK," Scioscia said. "It's just going to take some time."
When it heals, it heals. I can't speed it up, I can't slow it down," said Kendrick. "It's just something that's going to heal when it heals. I don't know much
about the type of injury; I just know that it has a lot of bruising. My
hamstring tendon is pretty sore. Last time I tried to run, it just
didn't feel good. I can't really ramp it up the way I want."
Trout, the American League Rookie of the Year last season, is leading the league in walks with 77 and has 21 home runs and 78 runs batted in this season.
Kendrick is batting .301 with 11 home runs and 47 rbi's in 108 games this season. He is a career .293 hitter with 69 home runs and 81 stolen bases in 910 games.