LA Angels: Mike Trout spotted taking major step in recovery
By Evan Desai
When Mike Trout tweeted about traveling to Oakland with the LA Angels, eyebrows were raised.
He usually makes these tweets, but hasn’t when he hasn’t been playing.
It was a little confusing, because recent thoughts surrounding Trout’s injury suggested that he was likely to be out for a long time. Mike Trout, however, just hit a major milestone in his recovery.
Mike Trout was seen running for the first time since his injury before the LA Angels game in Oakland.
When the LA Angels placed Mike Trout on the IL, their early estimate to his recovery was set to be six to eight weeks.
It has been extended to beyond that at this point, which signaled that Trout likely tore his calf a little bit, and it wasn’t just a typical strain.
Virginia Zakas of The Athletic explained that the calf is crucial to plantarflexion in the foot and ankle, which is vital to running or jumping. It hadn’t been reported that Trout had been running, so it looked like Trout was still a ways away from being back on the field.
That all changed today, when Trout was finally seen running.
It really does feel great to see him out there moving like that.
Trout was having the best year of his career up to when he got hurt, hitting .333/.466/.624 in his 36 games, while mashing eight home runs and scoring 23 times.
He hasn’t made an error in the field in multiple years, and was named an AL All-Star starter despite not having played since May 17th.
Having the second-highest fWAR on the entire team (2.3), Trout’s presence will surely make an impact on the team when he comes back to the lineup.
The team has done everything they can to hold on without him, going 28-25 without their franchise player. Having him back would surely put the Angels in the hunt for the playoffs.