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Angels’ Mike Trout cleared to increase workouts

ANAHEIM ― Finally, the Angels got some good news on Mike Trout.

Trout met Thursday with back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins and was cleared to begin rotational exercises Wednesday. The 10-time All-Star hasn’t played since July 12 because of a costovertebral dysfunction.

While Trout has been able to engage in lower-body workouts since going on the injured list, upper-body workouts are essential for rehabbing this injury, located where the ribcage meets the back at the T5 vetebrae.

The accelerated timetable for rehabilitation gives Trout a more realistic chance of returning before the end of this season. He was predictably upbeat when he spoke to reporters Sunday morning.

“It went from ‘my career is over’ to now I’m hopefully going to play here soon,” Trout said. “It’s just one of those things that’s scary. It’s a back thing. Baseball players, you go through stuff. I get it. You like hearing news when you talk to a doctor that knows what he’s talking about, and Watkins is one of the best.”

The meeting did not help Trout clarify how he sustained the injury in the first place.

“I couldn’t pinpoint how it happened,” Trout said. “I think it was just over time. It just flared up. Couldn’t tell you exactly ― maybe when you’re a baseball player and you swing a lot, do a lot of activity, it acts up a little bit and obviously it acted up.”

Magneuris Sierra and Brandon Marsh have alternated in center field in Trout’s absence. The Angels were 5-8 with Trout on IL entering Sunday’s game.

“It’s definitely encouraging news,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said. “Just to get him ramped up, we’re anxious to see how that feels for him too. I don’t anticipate any problems.”

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