When Mike Trout went on the disabled list on August 10th it was hoped he would be back as soon as he was eligible to return on August 16th. However due to circumstances beyond Trout’s control he was not able to return to the team on that day.
Mike Trout has only had to be placed on the disabled list one time during his career until this August. Last season Trout tore a ligament in his thumb sliding into second base last May and was on the disabled list for six weeks. On August 1st Trout was sliding into third base and jammed his wrist against the bag and had to leave the game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Trout tried to come back after a few days off, but his injury did not allow him to swing a bat without pain. He tried getting a cortisone injection to reduce the inflamation and pain he was feeling and Trout was forced to go on the disabled list on August 10th (retroactive to August 6th).
Trout continued to get treatment on the injury, but then something very tragic happened. Trout’s brother-in-law Aaron Cox, who he was extremely close to died suddenly a week after leaving the Angels Single-A affiliate the Inland Empire 66’ers. Cox and Trout both went to Millville High School with Cox being a freshman when Trout was a senior.
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Trout and his wife Jessica (Cox) were understandably grief-stricken with the news of Aaron’s death. Trout asked the Angels for some time away to be with family and friends and he was told to take as much time as he needed to.
This morning it was announced by the Angels that Trout is ready to return to baseball and that he will be activated today and be in the starting line-up when the Angels take on the defending World Champion Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. During Trout’s absence the Angels were 9-10. At one point they were 8-5, but they have since lost five of their last six and have also lost left fielder Justin Upton to a deep cut on his finger on Monday.
Thankfully Trout is now returning to the Angels, whose offense needs a jump start. Trout is having a very good season once again, but his recent DL stint probably spoiled any chances of Trout winning the MVP award.
The Halo Hangout staff would like to say welcome back to Mike Trout and our prayers continue to be with you and Jessica as well as both your families during this tough time.