Before the game, star center fielder
"It's definitely good news," said the 22-year-old Trout, who did not play Wednesday but said he hoped to return in the next couple of days.
Richards was coming off his worst outing when he failed to escape the first inning last Friday in Oakland, and "I definitely came into this game with a little chip on my shoulder," he said. "Last one was embarrassing.
"We're on a bit of a skid and I wanted to be the guy to get us going again," Richards said, adding he was "just pounding the [strike] zone, going right at guys."
Trout missed the Saturday and Sunday games in Oakland and, in Tuesday night's game against the Astros at
That prompted the Angels to send Trout to a doctor in Houston for the MRI exam to see whether there was any damage.
"The MRI was clean, it was just some inflammation in my mid-left back," Trout said.
"Nothing I should really worry about, nothing broke or anything in there."
For the Angels, Trout can't get back soon enough. With fellow outfielder
Trout this year is batting .293 with 11 home runs and 38 runs batted in, including a three-run, walk-off homer May 15 in Anaheim that gave the Angels a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
He also leads
"We're not anticipating a DL [disabled list] with Mike at all, in fact the opposite," Manager
Trout was asked whether the doctor had given him any instructions.
"Whatever I can tolerate," Trout said.
"I don't want to go out there and re-aggravate it and keep playing like that the rest of the year," Trout said. "I want to get it right. I want to go out there and play pain free."
Trout also said he hadn't previously had major issues with his back.
"I had some in the minors but they were like my lower back from sliding, diving head first," he said. "But other than that, no."