Mike Trout has a pinched nerve in foot undergoes procedure to reduce pain.

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels, (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels, (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The only thing that seems to be able to stop Mike Trout this season has been injuries.  Trout has missed a total of 11 games now with what has been a series of minor injuries.  His latest injury a pinched nerve in his right foot (toe) (neuroma) has sidelined him the past three games now.

Mike Trout is in the thick of the AL MVP race and by all accounts it is his to lose, but a recent foot injury called neuroma which is essentially a pinched nerve in his foot.  Trout says he has been battling the injury for close to month now and that the pain just became too much to handle on Friday night in Chicago when he came out of the game in the fourth inning.

“It’s been bothering for the past month, but I’ve been playing through it. In Chicago in that fourth inning it got to a point where I couldn’t play,” Trout said. “It’s like a nerve thing. It’s a shooting pain in my foot/toe area. I played through some soreness, but when it gets flared up it won’t go away. It calms down at night, but when you do baseball activity it flares up again. It’s tough.”

On Monday Trout had a procedure done called a cryoablation which deadens the tissue around the affected area that will hopefully alleviate most of the pain so that Trout can return to the Angels line-up sometime this week.

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“Obviously I want to be out there. This procedure today, they said it helps it. That’s the plan (to come back and play in the next couple of day), We will see how it goes,” Trout said. “I’m just happy that we found out what it was. We got an idea how to treat and we will go from there. Obviously it doesn’t go away unless you get it taken out. We will see where that goes.”

Trout is leading the AL in home runs with 45, but he lost his share of the major league lead Monday as the Mets Pete Alonso hit two homers tonight to take sole possession of first place in the home run race.

Trout still leads the AL in homers by four over the Royals Jorge Soler who has 41.  Trout is eight RBIs behind Jose Abreu for the AL lead and 12 behind the Braves Freddie Freeman. He still leads the majors in walks with 110 and also OBP with a .438 percentage.  He has a three walk lead over the Phillies Rhys Hoskins and is leading the Brewers Christian Yelich in OBP by .008 (.438 to .430).

Trout is also chasing Angels history as he is only three home runs away from breaking Troy Glaus team-record 47 home runs set back in 2000. He also only needs five homers to reach 50 homers this season.  Trout is also just eight RBIs away from establishing a career-high which would be at 112.  If Trout is able to come back strong sometime this week all of these records and personal best should be able to be achieved as the Angels now have 17 games left.

One other note is that Albert Pujols hit his 655th career home run and is now only five homers away from tying Willie Mays (660) for fifth on the all-time home run list and is quietly having a strong second half of the season hitting nine home runs and driving in 40 runs since the All-Star Break, he has also raised his batting average 20 points in that span. What’s even more impressive is that in two less games than he played all of last season (115 in 2019, compared to 117 in 2018) Pujols has hit three more home runs and driven in 21 more runs. He has an outside chance of reaching 100 RBIs for the fifth time in eight seasons with the Angels as he is only 15 away from the century mark in RBIs.

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Hopefully the Trout-Pujols dynamic duo will be reunited soon which will give Angel fans something to root for in the final three weeks of the season.