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Mike Trout

Joe Maddon hints at key issue in Mike Trout’s injury recovery

Mike Trout

Mike Trout still has not played since May 17 due to a right calf strain. Even more alarming, the Los Angeles Angels outfielder still has no timetable for a return on what was originally supposed to be a six-to-eight week injury.

On Sunday, Angels manager Joe Maddon hinted that there is a mental component to Trout’s injury recovery that is still a work in progress.

“I don’t know to what extent he’s doing baseball activity,” Maddon said, via Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times. “I’m sure he’s sneaking into the cage, doing things like that. For the most part, he is feeling better. And he’ll continue to work more on the kind of stuff that you’re not going to see, to continue to strengthen that [calf] and test it in their way, whatever the method is our staff wants him to test it.

“It’s still up to you, the athlete, to push it to the point where you feel comfortable. You have to get to that point where you do something without thinking about it. And that sometimes takes a while. You don’t want to go back after all this good rehab. You don’t want to go backward, especially right now. And that’s always in your mind.”

It seems important that Maddon brings up the mental side of a recovery like this. It could easily be read as a sign that Trout is still not feeling comfortable pushing himself far enough to get back on the field, and that the risk of re-injury may be in the back of his mind.

Maddon had previously said Trout was less than two weeks from a return, but that was nearly a month ago now. Something is clearly holding him back, particularly now that the team is back to not disclosing a return timetable.

Mike Trout nearly 100 percent, expected back within two weeks

Mike Trout

Mike Trout is getting closer to a return for the Los Angeles Angels.

Joe Maddon said on Friday that Trout is nearly at 100 percent. The Angels manager also said that he expects Trout back within two weeks.

Trout has been out since straining his calf on May 17. He was placed on the 60-day injured list and is not eligible to return until July 17. The Angels expected Trout to go on a rehab assignment before rejoining the team.

Trout is batting .333 with eight home runs, 18 RBIs and 23 runs scored this season. The Angels were a game over .500 as of the All-Star break at 45-44.

Mike Trout finally takes positive step towards return from injured list

Mike Trout

Mike Trout is trending in the right direction towards a return to the Los Angeles Angels.

Trout has been out since straining his calf on May 17. He was placed on the 60-day injured list to give the Angels room to add another player to the roster. That means the earliest he could return is July 17.

The good news for the Angels is that Trout began baseball activities on Monday. He was able to do some swinging at Angel Stadium.

The Angels would like Trout to do a brief rehab assignment and then return after the All-Star break, which is July 12-14.

The Angels entered Monday 37-40 and 19-18 without Trout. They have mostly been carried by Shohei Ohtani, who has been one of the best hitters in the league, while also being a standout pitcher.

Mike Trout out 6-8 weeks due to calf injury

Mike Trout

Mike Trout knew immediately that something was wrong with his calf on Monday night. His suspicions were correct.

The Los Angeles Angels announced on Tuesday that Trout is expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to a calf strain.

Trout was on the bases after walking in the first inning of the Angels’ 7-4 win over Cleveland on Monday night. He started to run after a popup but came up gingerly. He was even looking back at his leg after running.

Trout quickly exited the game and has now been placed on the injured list.

The 29-year-old centerfielder was slumping recently but still had a sparkling .333/.466/.624 slash line with eight home runs. The Angels are 18-22, and having Trout out for around two months certainly won’t make things any easier on them.

Mike Trout leaves Angels game with calf strain

Mike Trout

The Angels just can’t seem to have everything at the same time.

The Angels got off to a good start in their game against the Cleveland Indians on Monday. They scored six runs to knock Indians starter Sam Hentges out of the game in the second. Shohei Ohtani delivered the big blow with a 3-run home run.

But on the same night they put together some big hits and score some runs, they also lose one of their top players to injury.

Mike Trout walked in the bottom of the first and advanced to second on a wild pitch. But he strained his calf on the bases and was replaced after the first inning.

Trout has been slumping lately, but you never want to lose him, for however many games it is. The perennial MVP candidate also missed a few games this season after being hit by a pitch on the elbow. This injury could be worse than that.

Mike Trout acknowledges Albert Pujols’ release made him break down

Mike Trout

Mike Trout acknowledged on Friday that he struggled with Albert Pujols’ release by the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels on Thursday surprised the sports world by announcing they had cut Pujols, who was in the final year of his contract. The team benched Pujols on Wednesday night, and the 41-year-old was not happy. The two sides eventually agreed to part ways to give Pujols the chance to play elsewhere.

Pujols’ first season with the Angels was Trout’s first full year playing in the big leagues. Pujols served as a mentor to Trout.

It’s no surprise that Trout said Friday he had a hard time with the news.

“It was tough,” Trout said, via USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “I think we were all in shock when the news broke and when we found out about it.

It was reported in the past that the close relationship between the two factored into the Angels’ decision to keep Pujols the last few years despite his poor performance.

Trout acknowledged the mentor relationship he had with Pujols.

“It hit me a little bit. It hit me a lot. Ever since I’ve been up here, he’s been my guy.”

The reality is despite his nice looking home run and RBI totals of the past few years, the Angels should have cut Pujols long ago. He was holding them back on the field. That didn’t keep many players from being upset with the way Pujols was let go, though.

Video: These young Angels fans were so upset with the Rays for hitting Mike Trout

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A couple of young Los Angeles Angels fans objected in a big way after Mike Trout was hit by a pitch on Wednesday night.

Trout was batting in the bottom of the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough. The Angels star was hit in the elbow by a 1-2 pitch.

The cameras later show a couple of young fans letting the Rays hear it for hitting Trout and then throwing inside to the following batter, Jared Walsh.

That is awesome. No Angels players should be hit on their watch.

Trout missed a few games recently after being hit in the elbow. He entered the game batting .407 with eight home runs on the season.

Despite having a pad for protection, those injuries still hurt.

Mike Trout addresses accusation that he tried to get hit by pitch

Mike Trout

Mike Trout addressed accusations that he tried to get hit by a pitch on Thursday night.

Trout was hit on the elbow in the top of the fourth inning of the Angels’ 8-2 loss in Houston.

Trout initially remained in the game, but later left due to an elbow contusion.

Some accused Trout of trying to get hit by the pitch in order to reach base. The video did show Trout appearing to stick out his elbow. The former AL MVP said after the game that he was not trying to get hit. He also said the pitch mostly got him in the elbow pad.

Angels manager Joe Maddon said that he thought Trout would be able to play on Friday.

Trout reached base in both of his plate appearances, as he also had a walk. The 29-year-old is having a big season already. He has five doubles and six homers and has a whopping .804 slugging percentage this season.

Mike Trout had cool gesture for Angels fan in Kansas City

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Mike Trout was able to come through on Monday for one of his biggest fans.

In 2019, Trout was shut down by the Angels in September due to a foot injury. Fan Jason Pedigo, who is from Wichita, Kansas, says he took his son to a September game in Anaheim, but Trout didn’t play and was shut down for the year the next day.

That was a real bummer for Pedigo and his son. But Trout made it up to them on Monday.

Pedigo informed Trout over Twitter that he and his son would be in the first row in center field at Kauffman Stadium for the Angels’ game against the Royals.

Trout threw them a ball during the game. After the game, Trout was seen giving Pedigo’s son his batting gloves — ones the slugger used while homering during the game.

That’s so cool. Hopefully it makes it up to the Pedigos for not playing in the 2019 game they attended.

Mike Trout hit a home run into an elementary school

Mike Trout

Mike Trout smashed a baseball into orbit during the Los Angeles Angels’ win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night, and it is a good thing school wasn’t in session when it happened.

The Blue Jays have been playing their “home” games at minor league facility TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., this season due to the pandemic. Curtis Fundamental Elementary School is located right behind the park in the direction of the home run Trout launched in the top of the fifth inning on Thursday night.

The home run traveled an estimated 444 feet. Someone did the math on the distance the ball went using a satellite view of the ballpark, and it is safe to conclude that it hit the elementary school.

If you remember, Trout had a funny exchange with David Price recently (see it here) about MLB supposedly taking some of the juice out of baseballs. Anyone who was inside Curtis Fundamental Elementary School at the time of Trout’s moonshot might question whether that actually happened.

The home run was Trout’s third in seven games.