Mike Trout finished second in AL MVP voting the last two seasons. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Angels center fielder Mike Trout left Tuesday's game in Houston with mid-back discomfort, the same injury that caused him to miss the team's last two games, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
The 22-year-old struck out swinging in the top of the first inning — his American League-leading 64th strikeout of the season — and played defense in the bottom of the inning. He was replaced by Collin Cowgill before the bottom of the second.
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Trout underwent stem cell therapy on his back on Monday's off day. He took early batting practice on Tuesday and said he "didn't feel [the injury] at all," before the game, according to MLB.com.
"I was worried about it for a little bit," Trout said before the game, "but I felt good in early BP. I'm in there. That's always good."
The two-time All-Star and 2012 AL Rookie of the Year finished second in AL MVP voting the last two seasons. He is hitting .293 with 11 homers, 38 RBIs and a .929 OPS in 54 games this season.
He missed only five games last season.
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