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Mike Trout progressing towards return before All-Star break

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Mike Trout continues to make progress in his rehab from thumb surgery.

Trout joined the Angels for their current road trip, which sees the team playing up the road from Anaheim against the Dodgers. Trout has been doing some hitting drills, such as hitting off a tee. According to the LA Times’ Pedro Moura, Trout hit soft toss on Tuesday and will begin taking batting practice next.

Trout left the Angels’ game against the Marlins on May 28 with a thumb injury. He was placed on the DL a day later and then underwent the surgery on May 31. The initial timetable was for Trout to miss 6-8 weeks, but he said his goal was to return before the All-Star break, which begins on July 10. He has less than two weeks to make good on that statement.

Mike Trout reportedly wanted to sign ‘lifetime deal’ with Angels

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Mike Trout will be just 28 years old when he becomes eligible to hit free agency after the 2020 season, and the Los Angeles Angels are going to have to pay an astronomical amount of money in order to keep him. According to a report, Trout proposed an idea back in 2014 that could have prevented him from ever having to sign another MLB contract.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was told by sources that Trout proposed the idea of a “lifetime deal” when he was negotiating his last contract extension with the Angels. The idea would have been to sign something like a 14- or 15-year deal rather than the six-year pact the two sides eventually agreed to.

Angels owner Arte Moreno apparently felt a deal of that length for a 23-year-old player with only two full seasons under his belt was a bit too risky.

Trout set himself up for life with that rare, record six-year deal and will have a “second bite at the apple,” after he broached an extreme mega deal in talks (14 or 15 years, according to people familiar with those talks) before word came back that Angels owner Arte Moreno decided not to go for the lifetime deal for the two-year superstar, but hardly anyone’s repeating that strategy. It’s no certainty they would have been able to work it out the super mega deal, anyway, as Trout seemed pleased at the middle ground of six. But it was quite an interesting thought put forth by Trout’s side.

As Heyman notes, the Angels had already committed a combined $442.5 million to Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson at the time. In hindsight, none of those were good deals.

Pujols is signed through 2021 at an average annual salary of $24 million. He’ll make $29 million when he’s 40 and $30 million when he’s 41, which is a disturbing thought for a 37-year-old who is hitting just .239 with a .286 OBP and .382 slugging percentage — all career-lows by far. Hamilton is gone and Wilson was average, but never the ace L.A. expected him to be.

Trout could still end up signing an extension with the Angels before he hits free agency, but it will cost the team more than it would have if they worked out a lifetime deal. While he probably won’t get as much as this soon-to-be free agent, his contract will be eye-popping. If for some reason the Angels lose Trout, the “lifetime deal” report will infuriate fans.

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Mike Trout to join Angels on road trip, begin swinging

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Mike Trout is on his way to making a return to the Los Angeles Angels.

Trout is set to join the Angels for their road trip next week, manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday. The team heads to New York and then Boston for series with the Yankees and Red Sox.

Trout is making his way back from thumb surgery to repair a torn UCL. The two-time MVP underwent the operation at the end of May. Trout was given a 6-8 week recovery timetable, but he has said his goal is to return before the All-Star Game on July 11.

Trout, 25, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 14 doubles and 16 home runs in 47 games this season in what was shaping up as another MVP effort.

Mike Trout says finger injury will not change the way he slides

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A significant thumb injury is not going to stop Mike Trout from playing the way he always plays.

Trout, who will be out for six to eight weeks after injuring his thumb on a headfirst slide, said Saturday that he has no intention of cutting headfirst slides out of his game once he returns to the field, saying it simply feels more comfortable for him.

“I think I just have to have more control when I dive headfirst,” Trout said, via ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. “They say [sliding feetfirst] doesn’t slow you down, but it feels like it slows you down. … Diving headfirst, you have more room that you can trick them a little bit.”

It’s very difficult for a player to break a habit they’ve had since they started playing the game, and Trout is no exception. Even the risk of complications isn’t enough to deter him from playing the way he’s accustomed.

Doctor says Mike Trout thumb procedure is ‘a little controversial’

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The procedure Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout had on his thumb is not necessarily routine and straightforward.

Trout underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn UCL in his thumb, but according to the chief of elbow and hand surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Michael Hausman, the procedure, known as InternalBrace, is not without its risks.

“It’s basically a very, very thick, stout suture that helps to essentially temporarily stabilize the ligament and reinforce it while it’s healing,” Hausman told Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times. “Ordinarily, you would have to wait until the ligament is solidly healed, a 10-12 week process, before you could begin to use it and put force on it. The temporary brace is thought to be strong enough to withstand forces early and reinforce the repair and prevent it from being injured.

“It’s a little controversial because the downside is this very strong suture can actually essentially saw its way through the bone. That’s the concern. But it’s infrequent. Obviously, if it happens, it’s a problem. We just don’t know the denominator yet. We don’t know if it’s one in a million or one in 10.”

Trout is predicted back in six to eight weeks. His teammate, Andrelton Simmons, had a similar procedure and beat that timetable, but this is not a procedure without possible complications.

Vernon Wells posts hilarious tweet in wake of Mike Trout injury news

Mike Trout’s injury is no laughing matter, but at least Angels fans were able to get a little bit of comic relief from a former player of theirs.

Shortly after the news broke on Monday that Trout needs surgery to repair a torn UCL in his left thumb and will be out for a significant period, ex-Halo outfielder Vernon Wells posted this funny tweet in reaction.

Wells, now 38, was acquired by the Angels in 2011 and played with them for two seasons. Over that span, he batted a dismal .222/.258/.409 and became the epitome of an overpaid underperformer.

Trout’s injury is a bummer for sure, and it very well may send the Angels tumbling down the American League West standings. But on the bright side, Wells is no longer on their payroll, so at least it’s not a total wash.

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Mike Trout will undergo thumb surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks

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A thumb injury is doing something MLB pitchers were unable to do this season: keep Mike Trout from producing.

Trout will undergo thumb surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, the Angels announced on Monday evening.

Trout underwent X-rays and then an MRI on his thumb, the latter of which revealed a UCL tear. The two-time AL MVP was on his way to another potential MVP season before being derailed by the injury, which occurred on a head-first slide during Sunday’s game.

Trout currently leads the AL in most offensive categories, such as home runs, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Mike Trout has UCL tear in left thumb, could need surgery

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After x-rays on his left thumb came back negative, an MRI revealed an injury that will send Mike Trout to the disabled list for the first time in his major league career.

Trout appeared to jam his thumb sliding into second base during Sunday’s loss to the Marlins. He would stay in the game momentarily, but was later removed prior to his next at-bat.

The Angels sent Trout to have an MRI on Monday and, as Maria Guardado reports, the result is a torn UCL.

If surgery is the chosen route, the reigning American League MVP could be looking at 5-8 week absence.

It goes without saying, any length of time Trout is out of Angels lineup is not only bad for the team but Major League Baseball. He is the sport’s best player and has won two of the past three AL MVP Awards. Trout currently leads the AL in home runs, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and total bases.

Mike Trout headed to the disabled list?

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In the fifth inning of a 9-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout appeared to jam his thumb following a headfirst slide into second base.

Although Trout stayed in the game after talking with a trainer and even took the field in the sixth inning, he was yanked before his next at-bat and sent for X-rays.

The X-rays came back negative, but erring on the side of caution, the Angels opted to have Trout undergo an MRI on Monday. The team said they would not make a decision on his immediate future until those tests came back.

As of Monday evening, the Angels have not publicly revealed the MRI results, but a locker had been set up for Eric Young Jr. in the clubhouse, which could indicate Trout is headed for the disabled list.

Young, who had been batting lead-off for the Salt Lake Bees, had one of his best games of the season on Sunday. In his first at-bat, he sent a pitch over the wall to give his team an early 1-0 lead. Young ultimately finished the game going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, a single, two stolen bases and three runs scored.

As red hot as Young has been, losing Trout for any significant amount of time would be devastating for the Angels. The reigning AL MVP is batting .337/.461/.742 on the season and prior to his injury, was leading the league with 16 home runs.

If Trout does land on the disabled list, it would be the first time in his career.

Mike Trout to undergo MRI after suffering thumb injury

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Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout was forced to exit Sunday’s 9-2 loss to the Miami Marlins after suffering a jammed thumb following a headfirst slide into second base.

Although initial X-rays came back negative, the reigning American League MVP will be sent for an MRI on Monday.

After the game, Trout acknowledged he was “sore,” but didn’t care to speculate on the potential severity or how much time he might miss.

Immediately following the injury, Trout was examined on the field by a trainer and initially stayed in the game. He took the field in the bottom of the fifth, but was ultimately removed in the sixth.

The Angels are obviously hoping their slugger won’t miss too much time, but no disabled list decision will be made until the results of the MRI come back.

Entering the game, Trout led the league with 16 home runs, but after going 0-for-2, he finished the day tied with New York Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge, who hit his first grand slam in a 9-5 victory over the Oakland A’s.