One of the greatest golfers of all time sent a gift to one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
According to media members covering the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout had a long box by his locker inside Angel Stadium on Thursday. The Los Angeles Daily News says the box contained two TaylorMade golf clubs.
Trout has never met Woods and was unsure how he got on the golfer’s mailing list, but he appreciated the clubs. He also told reporter JP Hoornstra that he’s a “big fan” of the golfer.
Tiger is coming off a win at the Masters last month, marking his 15th career major win and first since 2008. His huge achievement was recognized by athletes and teams across sports, with one squad even delaying things to watch him play.
Trout, a two-time AL MVP, is regarded as the best player in baseball and signed a $426 million contract extension that showed his value.
Woods, who is from Orange County (where the Angels play) is actually a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. But that probably won’t bother Trout, who has to feel good about getting a gift from the famous golfer.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is inching closer to a return to action.
Trout was assessed again on Sunday, and his injured groin continues to show improvement. Trout is feeling good enough to join his teammates in Texas for their upcoming series there, and appears to essentially be day-to-day.
The latest on Mike Trout: He was seen by Dr. Steve Yoon today in Los Angeles. Ultrasound images showed further improvement to his groin. Trout also reported continued improvement. He will join the team in Texas and will continue to be evaluated to determine his readiness to play.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 14, 2019
Trout hasn’t played since last Tuesday, and the Angels are taking it slow with him despite modest improvement since then. The updates continue to be good, and it sounds like he should be back within a week at the absolute latest.
Mike Trout suffered a groin injury during Tuesday night’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers and said he was expecting to return to the lineup either Friday or Saturday, but the Los Angeles Angels are playing it safe with their $430 million man.
On Friday, the Angels said Trout has shown a reduced amount of swelling in his groin and is improving by the day. However, he will be held out until at least Sunday, when doctors will reevaluate him.
Update from #Angels: “Mike Trout was seen by Dr. Yoon this morning in LA. Imaging reveals a reduced amount of swelling to the groin. Mike also reports daily improvement. He will continue treatment in Anaheim & he will be re-evaluated Sunday. We will provide an update at that time
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) April 12, 2019
This sounds like a situation where Trout feels well enough to play, but the Angels see no reason to rush him back this early in the season. While he’s off to an incredible start with a .406 average, five homers and an eye-popping .592 OBP, groin injuries can linger. The Angels don’t want that happening, so they’re likely trying to be sure Trout is 100 percent healthy before he takes the field again.
Mike Trout is targeting a Friday return from his groin strain.
Trout left Tuesday night’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers after tweaking his groin in the second inning. He indicated after the game that the injury was not serious enough for an MRI, but the team is still holding him out on Wednesday anyway.
The Los Angeles Angels have Thursday off and then begin a 3-game series against the Cubs in Chicago on Friday. Trout hopes to be ready for Friday but says he will not push things if the weather is really cold.
Mike Trout gave a weather report and acknowleged that the cold in Chicago might impact his return. But he said his right groin already feels better, and he’s hoping to be back in the lineup by Friday or Saturday.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 10, 2019
Trout has been incredible this season even by his standards. He’s batting .406 with five homers, a league-leading 13 walks, a league-best .592 OBP (!!) and 1.529 OPS. His recent series against the Texas Rangers was one of the best ever.
From @ESPNStatsInfo: Mike Trout just had the third-best OPS ever for a player in a four-game series. Babe Ruth No. 1 in 1921 (8-12, 6 HR, 6 BB) and Mickey Mantle No. 2 in 1962 (6-11, 5 HR, 6 BB). Oh, Ruth also started and won a game in his series!
— David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) April 8, 2019
Mike Trout was forced to leave Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning after he suffered a groin injury, but it does not sound like he is expected to miss significant time.
Trout, who injured his groin running to second on a fielder’s choice, left the game in the fourth and the Angels announced he should be considered day-to-day. After the Los Angeles won 11-8, Trout downplayed the severity of the ailment.
Trout downplayed the severity of this injury also. He didn’t need an MRI. Sounds like tomorrow and the off-day Thursday will be all he needs.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 10, 2019
Considering Trout remained in the game for another inning and looked to be in good spirits after he was removed, it’s no surprise he isn’t concerned about the groin tweak. The star outfielder is off to a hot start with a .406 batting averaging and .938 slugging percentage, so the Angels will want him back in the lineup as quickly as possible.
Mike Trout is day-to-day after leaving Tuesday night’s Los Angeles Angels game with a strained groin.
Trout appeared to hurt his groin on a slide into second base on a fielder’s choice that ended the bottom of the second against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was replaced in center field by Peter Bourjos in the fourth, and the Angels later explained why.
Mike Trout was removed with a right groin strain. He is day-to-day.
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 10, 2019
Based on the way Trout was acting in the dugout before manager Brad Ausmus replaced him, the MVP did not seem to be injured too badly.
— Brent Maguire (@bmags94) April 10, 2019
Trout was 2-for-2 in the game before exiting. He’s batting a whopping .406 with a .938 slugging percentage so far this season.
Christian Yelich had nothing else to do but tip his cap after being bested by his fellow MVP on Monday night.
Yelich drove a pitch from Los Angeles Angels starter Trevor Cahill deep to center to lead off the top of the third. Trout went back and robbed Yelich of a potential home run:
Mike Trout robbed Christian Yelich. All the storylines. pic.twitter.com/KfRH2JcCsY
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 9, 2019
Yelich may have been bothered about losing an extra-base hit but had a sportsmanlike response:
Trout robs Yelich.
Yelich tips his cap (or helmet). pic.twitter.com/QyZCAPKtQj
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) April 9, 2019
That’s pretty much what is required to get Yelich out at this point. The reigning NL MVP is batting .361 with an outrageous .889 slugging percentage this season.