A Mike Trout injury update has come in from the Los Angeles Angels and it provides partially good news for fans and fantasy baseball owners. Trout jammed his left thumb as he slid headfirst into second base Sunday afternoon (May 28). With the Angels playing against the Miami Marlins, Trout took off for second base in the top of the fifth inning. Though he made it easily for his tenth stolen base of the season, the reigning American League MVP had to come out of the game the next inning.
An injury update has been posted by the Angels on Twitter, stating that Mike Trout has been diagnosed with a left thumb sprain. The small piece of good news was that X-rays came back negative and the All-Star outfielder did not suffer a fracture as had been previously feared. In another Trout injury update, the Angels announced that he will go through an MRI on Monday (May 29) to check for damage to the thumb. At that point, it will be revealed how long the Angels expect him to be on the shelf.
A trip to the 10-day disabled list seems very likely for Trout, as the Angels aren’t going to want to rush him back to the field. Trout is putting together another MVP season for the Angels and might have been able to put up better stats than last year had he remained healthy. This news is going to hit the Angels and fans of the team pretty hard, but it is also going to be really tough for fantasy baseball owners who have made Trout a centerpiece of their rosters.
In his first 46 games this season, Mike Trout’s stats have been absolutely amazing. Coming into the games on Sunday, Trout had a 0.342 batting average, 36 runs scored, 16 home runs, 35 walks, and a 1.215 OPS. All of those numbers led the American League and provided a trajectory that could land Trout with the third MVP Award of his young career. Now he is going to have to take a bit of rest before continuing his chase of baseball immortality.
It’s a very rare occurrence when a player leads the league in both batting average and on-base percentage but Mike Trout had been doing that in the 2017 MLB season. He could still do it, but that will depend on how long he is out with this injury. It is difficult to diagnose how much time a player will miss due to a sprained thumb, as each injury is different.
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) May 27, 2017
Depending on the severity of the sprain, Trout could end up missing more than a month of the regular season. At this point, baseball analysts are just guessing, as the Mike Trout injury update on Monday will tell the full story. The Los Angeles Angels will likely give a full report on the extent of the injury and it’s going to be tough news for fans and fantasy baseball owners to wait out.
— Angels (@Angels) May 28, 2017
Following the 9-2 loss to the Marlins, the Angels now have a 26-27 record in the updated MLB standings. That record is good enough for second place in the American League West, but it still puts the Angels 10 games behind the first-place Houston Astros. In the AL Wild Card race, the Angels are now one-and-a-half games behind the Baltimore Orioles (25-23) and Cleveland Indians (25-23). Losing Trout for an extended period of time would put a huge dent in those efforts.
Following the game on television, Trout gave an interview where he said that he hoped it was just a bad jam. The team had hoped that his thumb would loosen up as the game progressed, which is why he wasn’t immediately removed after the stolen base. The thumb didn’t respond, though, forcing manager Mike Scioscia to take him out of the lineup. Mike Trout’s injury report on Monday will reveal just how long Scioscia has to keep him on the bench.
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