The reigning American League Most Valuable Player is moving closer to a return to action.
Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, out since May 29 due to a torn left thumb ligament that required surgery, will begin training with Class A Inland Empire (San Bernardino, Calif.) on Monday.
Trout will skip the Angels' road trip to Minnesota that begins Monday, and he will have a private workout Monday and then a full workout Tuesday.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement Sunday, "Once Mike demonstrates physical readiness, he will begin playing in rehab games with our Inland Empire affiliate. We will have an updated plan of care for Mike post-workout on Tuesday."
If all goes well, Trout could be activated for the Angels' last series before the All-Star break, July 7-9 at Texas.
In 47 games this season, Trout is batting .337 with a .461 on-base percentage, a .742 slugging percentage, 16 homers, 36 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.
Trout, 25, was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2012, the AL MVP in 2014 and 2016 and the runner-up for AL MVP in 2013 and 2015.