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Angels' Mike Trout says finger improving, hopes to play field 'in a few days'

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout threw Tuesday -- the first time he's done that in a week -- and reported improvement in his sprained right index finger.

However, Trout again did not play center field Tuesday night against Boston, instead serving as the Angels' DH for the seventh straight game. The Red Sox won 9-1.

"Hopefully, I'll play in a few days," he told reporters before the game.

Trout singled Tuesday night and has five hits in 22 at-bats since moving over to DH full-time.

"It's tough," Trout said. "Obviously I want to get out there, just the mindset of staying locked in. It's been different, but I'm trying my hardest to get back in the outfield."

Trout faced another challenge as the Angels opened their series against the Red Sox. Fenway Park is the only American League stadium in which Trout has never homered.