Mike Trout has been absolutely remarkable this season. In arguably his best year as a pro, Trout has suffered some injuries. The most recent of these being a thumb injury on Sunday.
Mike Trout slid head first into second base on a steal attempt. While he was safe, it was still a losing situation as Trout came up in obvious pain and shaking his left hand. Trout stayed in the game, and played defense in the bottom of the fifth inning but was eventually replaced as the game wound up out of hand, with the Angels losing 9-2.
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Trout has been an ironman thus far in his career, never missing more than five games in a full season. This season, he has already missed seven games due to rest and a hamstring issue that held him out for the better part of a week.
These injuries come in the midst of Trout’s best season as a Halo. Going into Sunday, Trout lead the league in home runs (16), was fourth in batting average (.342), second in total bases (121), third in walks (35), and leads in slugging percentage (.752) and on-base percentage (.463). Needless to say, Trout is protecting his title of the best in the game.
The team did x-rays on Trout after the game, and it revealed he sprained his left thumb after jamming it on second base. Fortunately, this is his non-throwing hand so a comeback should be quicker than if he had injured his right hand. Trout will undergo an MRI tomorrow. He is a good bet to miss the upcoming series against the Braves.
Trout has proven before that injuries do not slow him down. Earlier in the season, Trout suffered a hamstring injury. He went on to slug five home runs over the next seven games though, while only striking out three times.
Needless to say, the team needs Trout back as soon as possible. The team is currently one game under .500 and is already ten games back of the Houston Astros. Hopefully, Trout is able to avoid his first career trip to the disabled list, make a speedy recovery, and remain healthy and in MVP form for the remainder of the season.