For the Los Angeles Angels (and the rest of the MLB), the much awaited time is drawing near. Mike Trout is nearing his return to the diamond.
During Sunday’s game, the Los Angeles Angels announced plans for Trout to remain behind as the team traveled to Minnesota to face the Twins.
GM Billy Eppler shared that Trout would have a private workout on Monday. That workout will be followed by another workout with High A ball affiliate Inland Empire 66ers (San Bernardino, Ca.)
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That the Los Angeles Angels have managed to tread water with Mike Trout out for an extended time is almost a victory in and of itself. The team sat at .500, 43-43 on the evening of the announcement.
Much of that has been thanks to an Angels bullpen that has continued to excel. Also aiding the team has been timely hitting from non-sluggers (Andrelton Simmons, Eric Young Jr., and Cameron Maybin especially), and equally timely starting pitching performances. Alex Meyer has finally turned in some promising starts. Additionally, Ricky Nolasco followed a dominant turn against the rival LA Dodgers with a three hit conplete game shutout against the Seattle Mariners.
However, despite all of that, the Los Angeles Angels have missed their catalyst, their motor- Mike Trout. While players have stepped in to spark the team at different times, none of them have provided the awe inspiring marvel and fear that a Mike Trout at-bat brings to the fans and the opposition alike.
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When Trout went down, he had been leading the AL with 16 honeruns. The big bopping had gone along with a continued return to base stealing . All of which had the centerfielder flirting with a 40-40 season.
Personal counting stats aside, the Angels will be happy to have their generational superstar back in the line-up. Mike Trout flashing that smile and slashing baseballs all over the field is a win for everyone. For now, Trout and the Angels will steer towards the start of his rehab stint.
Whether Trout’s return will translate to a playoff push for the Los Angeles Angels remains to be seen. Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs remain sidelined. Trout’s return will also be likely to force an outfielder out of playing time. Eric Young Jr has certainly shown to be a help. As such, Ben Revere may be the four million dollar odd man out.
If you’re in Southern California, you should take the time and travel the bit of time inland and catch Mike Trout on the smallest stage you are likely to ever see him.