The future is a little dim for the Los Angeles Angels, but that does not mean they’re about to drop everything and trade franchise player Mike Trout.
The Angels announced on Wednesday that they are recommending Tommy John surgery for two-way star Shohei Ohtani. The surgery would take Ohtani out as a pitcher for all of next season, though it’s uncertain whether he would be able to hit while recovering as a pitcher. That means the Angels’ best chance of contending for a playoff spot might not come until 2020, which is Trout’s last year under contract with the Angels.
In addition to Ohtani (who has not officially decided yet whether he will undergo the procedure), Blake Wood and Keynan Middleton (as well as free agent-to-be Garrett Richards) are also expected to miss the 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Given all those injuries, it’s hard to see the Angels contending next year. Rebuilding might make some sense, but GM Billy Eppler made clear on Wednesday that the team will not trade Trout.
That’s the right thing for Eppler to say, and he better stand by it.
Trout is a future Hall of Famer whom the Angels should try to keep as long as possible. They should try to re-sign him rather than push him out the door with a trade. It’s unfortunate that the front office has mismanaged the team so badly during Trout’s prime, but trading Trout while he’s still in MVP form would be unforgivable.
Mike Trout is using Players Weekend in MLB as an opportunity to honor his late brother-in-law.
Trout has missed the past week of action due to a personal matter, which was later revealed to be the death of Aaron Cox, his brother-in-law.
On Thursday, Trout posted a tribute to Cox on Instagram:
Trout is continuing to honor Cox. Players get to pick what they want written on the back of their jerseys during “Players Weekend,” so Trout has elected to have “A. COX” on his back in honor of Aaron.
Friday marked Trout’s return to the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup after missing time due to a wrist injury and then the unfortunate death. Cox was a 19th-round pick by the Angels in 2015. He was 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA during his minor league career.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is still a little ways away from returning to action.
According to Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com, Trout is not expected to return to the Angels until their next homestand, which does not begin until Friday.
In other words, that’s roughly another week — at least — for Trout to remain sidelined with a troublesome wrist. He has also been away from the team after the death of his brother-in-law, which may have been a factor in why he wasn’t activated when eligible on Thursday.
Trout is hitting .309 with 30 home runs. He was having another MVP-caliber season this year, but the month out and the Angels’ lack of playoff contention will probably keep him from winning the award.
Mike Trout may not be ready to return to the Los Angeles Angels when he is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday.
Trout is away from the team due to a family matter, and the team is not sure if he’ll be ready to play on Thursday.
Trout has not played since Aug. 1 due to a wrist injury. He had a cortisone shot last week which supposedly led to some improvement, though the Angels retroactively placed him on the DL.
The 27-year-old MVP candidate is batting .309 with a 1.083 OPS this season.
As we head towards the final month of the regular season, the pennant races in baseball are heating up, and so are the awards races. The MVP races in both leagues are looking very intriguing as we get into crunch time.
In the American League, there are several worthy candidates, though two teams are heavily represented. The National League race is even more wide open, with no clear standouts — a factor that could open the door to a pitcher winning the award for the first time since 2014.
Here’s a look at the top five MVP candidates in both the American and National League.
5) Francisco Lindor, Indians
Lindor finished fifth in last year’s voting and he’s having an even better season than he did last year. Hitting just shy of .300 and with his second consecutive 30-home run season in sight, the Cleveland shortstop’s candidacy will be bolstered not just by his offensive numbers, but because he plays quality defense at one of the most important positions on the field. Despite this, he’s viewed as a longshot, as his offensive numbers lag behind those of his key competitors.
The Los Angeles Angels have placed Mike Trout on the disabled list due to his wrist injury.
Trout has not played since Aug. 1 due to his wrist and had a cortisone injection on Monday. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said during the week that Trout was improving and could be back in the lineup by Friday, but obviously that changed.
The Angels said that Trout is being placed on the DL retroactive to the 6th.
The Angels were reluctant to place him on the DL initially for good reason — you don’t want to miss any more games of him than you have to. Eric Young Jr. has been playing center field for the .500 Angels.
Mike Trout could be back in the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup before long.
Trout has not played since last Wednesday due to a wrist injury. But Angels manager Mike Scioscia said on Wednesday that Trout is feeling better and could be back in the lineup on Friday.
Trout received a cortisone injection in his wrist on Monday and is already improving. The AL MVP candidate is batting .306 with a career-best 1.083 OPS this season.
The Angels completed a 3-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers at home and host Oakland for three games beginning on Friday.
Mike Trout is taking another step this week to address his ailing right wrist.
The Los Angeles Angels released a statement on Monday saying that the star outfielder received a cortisone injection in the wrist as he is continuing to experience soreness after jamming it on a slide last week.
The righty-hitting Trout, who is putting together yet another MVP-caliber season with a .309 batting average to go along with 30 home runs and 60 RBIs, has missed the team’s last four straight games with the injury.
We recently heard a somewhat concerning update about the wrist, so it’s worth wondering if a DL stint may be needed for the 26-year-old All-Star.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is set to miss his third consecutive game on Saturday after jamming his wrist, and somewhat worryingly, he hasn’t progressed as originally hoped.
Trout jammed his wrist sliding last Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays and hasn’t played since then. The Angels are still calling him day-to-day, but according to manager Mike Scioscia, the star outfielder remains unable to swing a bat and has not healed as quickly as the team had expected.
All tests came back negative, and Trout had originally hoped to sit out just one game. We are now at three and he still can’t swing, but they’re evidently still expecting some pretty quick progress toward full strength.
Mike Trout is getting a rare day off in Thursday’s game between the Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays, and the star outfielder told reporters an injury he suffered on Wednesday night is the reason for that.
During the Angels’ 7-2 loss to the Rays on Wednesday, Trout jammed his right wrist on a slide while attempting to steal third base. He said he is hoping to miss only one game after both an X-ray and MRI came back negative.
As usual, Trout is having a fantastic season. The MVP candidate is hitting .309 with 30 home runs, 60 RBI and a career-best OPS of 1.083. He recently opened up about how frustrating this season has been for the Angels, and any type of long-term injury would make it even more so.