Mike Trout to Enter Disabled List With Torn Ligament in Thumb
Mike Trout injured his thumb on Sunday against the Marlins. He slid into second base on a steal, ultimately jamming his thumb. The LA Angels had an MRI done showing a torn ligament. Trout has now been put on the 10-day disabled list.
Alright Angels fans, you can now begin crying. Tonight, Billy Eppler officially confirmed what many of us were fearing, Mike Trout is headed to the DL.
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As he slid into second base on Sunday Mike tore a ligament in his left thumb. Up to this point in his career, he has been insanely durable for the Angels. In 2013 and 2014 Trout played in 157 games, missing a total of 5 games per season. He upped the ante in 2015 and 2016 where he appeared in 159 games both seasons, only missing 3 per season. Back in 2012 in his official rookie season with the Angels, Trout appeared in 139 games.
Trout has already missed a few games this season. With this injury, he very well may appear in his least amount of games this year since joining the Angels full-time in 2012. This also puts a stop to the great start he was having this year as well. In the long run, it could potentially hurt his chances for another MVP award.
What Happens Moving Forward
As of right now, we don’t know what the plan forward is. The Angels have put Trout on the 10-day disabled list. Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times had this to say of Trout’s absence if he hasn’t surgery.
Tonight it was announced that Trout will have surgery and now the Angels find themselves in hot water with Trout expected to be out close to two months. Trout was off to one of his hottest starts in his career. He was on his way to hit multiple new season highs this year. Without Mike, the Angels just aren’t the same. This team has had a very scrappy attitude and has dealt with many injuries this year though, so not all hope it lost.
The Angels called up Eric Young Jr from triple-a before tonight’s game. Young has bounced around the league over the years, getting the majority of his play time in the minor leagues.
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So far he has played very well for the Salt Lake Bees this year though. Young has posted a .354 average, 5 home runs, 26 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, and an OPS of .947. Defensively Young had no errors and was just as solid.