Mike Trout working out with Albert Pujols, keeping safe distance

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

While he might not be playing on Opening Day, Angels superstar Mike Trout is keeping in shape with a few of his teammates.

While Major League Baseball has advised against organized group workouts at club facilities in an effort to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Mike Trout has been taking proper precautions while working out with fellow Angels Albert Pujols and Michael Kohn, along with trainer Lee Fiocchi.

Trout sat down for a video interview with Harold Reynolds on MLB Network on Thursday. Earlier in the spring, when Reynolds visited Angels camp in Tempe, Trout and Justin Upton played a practical joke on the former major leaguer, placing a snake at his feet during an interview.

How is the best player in baseball keeping active during the break? “Working out everyday. Me, [Albert Pujols], and [Michael Kohn],” Trout said to Reynolds. “We’re working out at Albert’s house. Ya know, Albert’s got a little set-up, a little weight room.”

Trout noted the players are keeping six feet apart during these workouts. He explained how they go to a hill each day to do agility work. They continue back at Albert’s house with weight training. And they usually end the day playing catch at a Little League field down the road from his house (imagine!)

The superstar centerfielder says he could be ready to play in a couple of days, but acknowledges the pitchers will require more time, up to 4-6 weeks, before they could start the season again.

Being an active person, it’s been tough for the three-time MVP to adjust to his new restricted routine. He joked, “I’m driving my wife crazy. Michael Kohn is staying with me. And I think my wife is ready to kick us both out of the house.”

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Trout ended the interview talking about Opening Day, “When I was younger, I kind of learned from my experiences,” he told Reynolds. “You get that offseason jitters out.”

Let’s hope we are seeing Mike Trout play real baseball soon.