Trout said the back is "a lot better than yesterday," but "I still feel a little bit in there."
"It [stinks]," Trout said about missing two games against the first-place team in the American League West. "I want to be out there. I just want to get it better."
Trout was hooked up to a handheld electrical stimulation machine pregame, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia was hopeful that he could be available to him off the bench -- though the situation ultimately never came up.
"If he can swing the bat, to start at DH, we would've considered it," Scioscia said before the Angels' 6-3 loss. "But right now, it's a little bit too stiff to do that four or five times. We'll see if he's got one [at-bat] in him. If not, hopefully he'll be ready on Tuesday."
Trout -- batting .294/.380/.549 with 11 homers and an AL-leading 63 strikeouts -- has now been out of the Angels' lineup three times, also missing the May 21 game against the Astros out of precaution over a tight left hamstring. The Angels have an off-day Monday before starting a three-game series in Houston, and Trout isn't concerned about the back issue lingering.
"It definitely feels better than yesterday," he said. "But it's still there. I don't want it to get worse."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.