Mike Trout of Los Angeles Angeles is expected to play in an all-star game despite a back injury.

Mike Trout of Los Angeles Angeles is expected to play in an all-star game despite a back injury.

Anaheim, California – Mike Trout is expected to play in next week’s All-Star Game despite suffering a back sprain.

The Los Angeles Angels superstar was not in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Astros and could miss at least the next two games. Trout lost to Houston in the fifth inning on Tuesday night.

The three-time AL MVP was selected earlier this month to play in its 10th All-Star Game, which will be played next Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

“We’ve talked to him about it. He’s expected to be available for that game,” coach Mike Frostad said on Wednesday. “He handles a lot of things throughout the year. And, you know, there’s one more thing to add to the pile. He has a good threshold of pain. He’s played a lot.”

Frosted said MRI and CT scans on the back of the trout showed no muscle tension or stiffness. The coach said Trout had mentioned back cramps last week, when the team was in Miami for the series against the Marlins.

Trout – who is hitting .270 with 24 homers and 51 RBI – has suffered a number of minor injuries this year. He has 6 (.167) for 36, including one homer, four RBIs and 16 strikes this month, who have dropped nine for 10.

Astros manager Dusty Baker, who will manage the AL team, said he discussed the trout situation with Angels interim manager Phil Nevin during batting practice.

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