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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout placed on 10-day IL with left rib cage inflammation

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with left rib cage inflammation, the team stated.

Scratched from the Angels’ lineup moments before the start of Saturday night’s 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, their final game before the All-Star break, Trout has missed the last four games with back spasms, and on Sunday, he elected not to participate in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

“It’s just one of the things that’s got to get right before I start swinging,” Trout said. “It is frustrating for sure. I can’t really pinpoint what caused it. It just started to bother me.”

Trout was in the Angels’ posted pregame lineup as the center fielder but was removed about three minutes before the first pitch.

Trout said afterward that his back felt wrong while swinging in the cage before the match.

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Originally scheduled to start in the outfield Tuesday for the American League, Trout is batting .270 with 24 homers and 51 RBIs in 79 games this season, although he has just one multihit game and six total RBIs in the past three weeks.

His transaction was one of several roster moves from the Angels, who claimed infielder Phil Gosselin off waivers from the Atlanta Braves and outrighted outfielder Monte Harrison to Triple-A Salt Lake after he cleared waivers.

Later in the day, the Angels announced on social media that Trout was named captain for Team USA in next year’s World Baseball Classic.

“It means a lot. I missed an opportunity the first time and I knew this was one I couldn’t miss,” Trout said. “I’ll be able to ramp it up a little bit quicker. I’m looking forward to playing for our country.”

The Angels, who return to action on Friday versus the Braves, entered the break at 39-53, 20 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West.

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Los Angeles Dodgers taking time to build Clayton Kershaw back up for return, Dave Roberts says

The Los Angeles Dodgers started the second half of their season on Friday with lingering uncertainty over the status of longtime ace Clayton Kershaw, who is on the injured list with inflammation in his left forearm.

Kershaw has been working out, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, but there’s still no telling when he will resume throwing and begin to build back up for a return to the rotation.

Kershaw, who has a 3.39 ERA with 127 strikeouts and 19 walks in 106 1/3 innings this campaign, last pitched on July 3 and underwent an MRI less than a week later that revealed only inflammation in the area of his pitching elbow.

“We’re gonna take this time to give him a breather,” Roberts said. “This is something that, with the soreness and then taking some time here to build back up for the sprint, I think, makes sense, and Clayton’s on board with that.”

The Dodgers, two games behind the National League West-leading San Francisco Giants, went into the season with an abundance of starting-pitching depth but entered the All-Star break with serious questions about their rotation.

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With Kershaw on the IL, Dustin May opting for season-ending Tommy John surgery and Trevor Bauer on administrative leave at least until July 27 while facing sexual assault allegations, the Dodgers are down to four healthy starters.

One of those four, David Price, is just now being stretched out after spending the first three-plus months of the season in the bullpen.

Josiah Gray, the Dodgers’ top prospect, is among the internal options the Dodgers are considering for the vacant rotation spot, Roberts said.

Gray, 23, dealt with a shoulder injury earlier this year but has pitched six scoreless innings in two outings since his return for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Roberts indicated that Kershaw’s rehab process is rooted mostly in pragmatism. “That is something that once it kind of came about, it made sense to take the time to cut some of the season off and save some bullets for the rest of the season and throughout out the postseason,” Roberts said.

“We feel good about it. I’m not sure exactly when he’s gonna start playing catch again, but I feel good about the process.”

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