In 2017, Mike Trout underwent a surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb following a freak incident sliding into second.
Mike Trout is a well-known Philadelphia Eagles fan. However, that didn’t stop him from helping New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees when he approached Trout. Last week, when the Saints faced the Los Angeles Rams, Brees left the game early. The injury wound up requiring surgery that would sideline the signal caller for at least six weeks.
Back in 2017, Dr. Steven Shin operated on Trout. Earlier this week, Brees consulted with Shin and no one else. Well, besides Mike Trout. Per reports, Brees reached out to the two-time American League MVP and best baseball player in the world to discuss what his rehab was like, and how he felt following the procedure.
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In addition to getting help from Trout, it appears Shin did a masterful job repairing the Super Bowl champions’ hand. It took Trout a full six weeks to recover in 2017, which was his scheduled rehab length. However, with Brees, Shin believes it could be a shorter rehab. The expectation of six weeks was originally thought, but following the procedure it could be as short as five weeks for Brees.
The difference in rehabilitations is that in 2017, the Angels were not contending for a World Series. The Saints, however, are considered the favorites by many to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. That may motivate Brees to come back as quickly as possible, whereas Trout could take his time to make sure he was 100% healthy before returning.
When Trout missed time, Erick Young Jr. filled in admirably for the Angels in center field. For an entire month-and-a-half, he was able to play as well as he ever did when the Angels needed him to most. For the Saints, they’re hoping Teddy Bridgewater can do the same until Brees returned. After trading for him last year and then making him the highest paid backup quarterback in the NFL, the Saints are hoping to have an Erick Young Jr.-esque five weeks from Bridgewater.
So while their situations are extremely different – the injury is really all that links Trout and Brees – but nonetheless Saints fans are hoping some of Trout’s extraordinary talents rub off on Brees through a simple text conversation.