Mike Trout will not play in the MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium

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Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout stands on the field during batting practice.
Angels standout Mike Trout will not play in the MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium because of injury. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Angels outfielder Mike Trout has decided he will not play in this year’s All-Star Game because of an injury, but he still plans to attend the event.

Trout sat out his fourth consecutive game because of upper back spasms Saturday. This is the third time Trout has withdrawn from the Midsummer Classic, scheduled for Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, because of an injury.

Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France will replace Trout on the AL roster, MLB announced Sunday.

Trout has been dealing with back issues since the team’s series in Miami last week.

He was pulled from the middle of the Angels' game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday because of back spasms. Interim manager Phil Nevin said after that game he didn’t like the way Trout was moving in center field and noticed him trying to stretch his back after his second at-bat.

Nevin planned to rest Trout for two days and the team had been cautiously optimistic Trout could be available to pinch-hit.

After Friday’s blowout loss to the Dodgers, Trout was adamant about playing in Saturday’s Freeway Series finale. Nevin, at the time, was inclined to add Trout back for the last game before the break because Trout said he progressively felt better each day.

Trout was listed as a starter Saturday and Nevin appeared excited before the game, noting Trout would not have any inning limitations. But before first pitch, he was scratched from the game entirely.

After the game, another loss for the Angels, Nevin said that Trout’s back issue flared up. Trout further explained that as he was swinging in the batting cages before the game, he just did not feel right.

“Smart thing was just not play,” Trout said after Saturday’s game. “I didn't want it to get worse.”

Trout said he does not know the root cause of his back issue, which he clarified Friday he feels deep in his muscle. The team did an MRI and CT scan on him Tuesday night, which did not show any structural damage.

On Friday, there were no further tests scheduled, with athletic trainer Mike Frostad saying the Angels had all the information they needed.

“It's a little concerning,” Trout said Saturday of the possibility his back issues might be a prolonged injury. “I'm staying positive. It's just frustrating. I don't know what really sparked it. You know, trying to pinpoint it. I've taken a lot of swings over the past three weeks, but I can't really pinpoint it and it's just, it is what it is.”

Skipping the All-Star Game gives Trout five days off to rest, with the hopes of being able to return to the Angels for their next series, which starts Friday against the Braves in Atlanta.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.