Angels’ Mike Trout begins swinging a bat

SEATTLE — Mike Trout began swinging a bat on Saturday morning, another small step toward returning from the back ailment that has cost him nearly a month.

“Everything went well,” head athletic trainer Mike Frostad said of Trout’s session. “We’re going to go day to day and keep progressing. He’s got a progression that we’re going to try to map out and see if we can continue to increase a little bit every day.”

Trout has been out since July 12 with inflammation of his rib cage in his back. He had a cortisone injection during the All-Star break, and he had not swung a bat since before that.

Frostad said Trout has been running and throwing, so the only issue left is his swinging. He took swings without a ball on Saturday.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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