Trout (hamstring) takes BP but misses start

Trout (hamstring) takes BP but misses start

OAKLAND -- Mike Trout missed his fourth straight start on Tuesday night against the A's with a tight left hamstring.

Trout took batting practice on Tuesday for the first time since Friday, when he re-aggravated the injury he first felt during last week's series in Seattle. The star center fielder said the plan is to test out his hamstring with running exercises on Wednesday, but he admitted he's getting antsy. 

"It's not fun," Trout said before the Angels' 7-3 win. "You can just cheer on your guys, what more can you do? I eat seeds, chew some gum and go from there."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the team would continue to closely monitor the situation, but that the club is happy with Trout's progress.

"We never anticipated this being a [stint on the disabled list]," Scioscia said. "We're going to know more today and even more tomorrow as to exactly where this is. Right now, we're past the point of being it back-dated, since you can only go back three days. But we're going to give him all the time he needs. We just don't want him to be healthy, we want him doing what he needs to do to be that special player."

Cameron Maybin made his fourth straight start in center field on Tuesday for the Angels.

Trout is currently riding a career-best 17-game hitting streak, batting .391 (25-of-64) with five homers and 11 RBIs in that span.

Trout's two-run home run

"They don't want me to go out there to run 50 percent," Trout said. "It's smart. It's definitely better."

Simmons returns to lineup

Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday night, a day after he was hit by a pitch that left contusions on both of his hands. Simmons clarified it was his right hand and left thumb that were hurt.

Kendall Graveman plunked Simmons with a pitch in the top of the first inning on Monday. He initially stayed in the game after being checked out by Scioscia and team trainers, but Simmons was removed in the bottom of the second inning. The defensive whiz added that the injury shouldn't affect him fielding or throwing.

"I couldn't get the bat through the zone without pain and it giving out a little bit," Simmons said. "Today, it feels a lot better."

Simmons exits after HBP

Scioscia, for one, was surprised and happy to see Simmons return to the lineup so quickly.

"I'm shocked it feels good today," Scioscia said. "Last night, it looked like a cartoon where a guy hits himself with a hammer in the thumb. I looked at it, said, 'Ah man, he's not going to be able to play today.' Came back and he says it feels fine."

Worth noting

Scioscia offered updates on a host of injured Angels. Reliever Huston Street (right lat strain, mild shoulder impingement) continues to throw bullpen sessopms as he regains his strength. Reliever Cam Bedrosian (right groin strain) is throwing long toss at distances of more than 100 feet. First baseman C.J. Cron, who went to Triple-A Salt Lake to rehab a left foot contusion, remains day to day after being hit by a pitch in his right wrist on Sunday but didn't play on Tuesday.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor for MLB.com based in the Bay Area, and covered the Angels on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.