Mike Trout: Franchise player seems to not be close to return for LA Angels

Mike Trout, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Trout, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Mike Trout seems to not be ready to come back in the near future for the LA Angels.

It was reported by Jeff Fletcher of the Orange Country Register that Trout did not travel with the team to Texas for the Rangers series.

It’s confusing, because he’s recently been traveling with his squad on road trips. This time, however, he’s staying home.

Mike Trout not traveling with the team doesn’t sound great for the LA Angels.

Mike Trout was originally expected to be out for six to eight weeks with his calf strain.

Once he was placed on the 60-Day IL and hadn’t been seen running until recently, it became clear that his strain was likely a partial tear as well.

It was a good sign when he took batting practice on the field about a week or so ago, but now it seems like the progress has halted a little bit.

It was already clear that he was healing slowly, but to not be traveling with the team when he just was, isn’t the greatest news heading into Texas.

We at least now know that there’s no shot he’ll be playing in this four-game series.

There’s two ways we can go about this injury. We can have Trout up in the next week or two and have him play right field, or wait it out another week or two so he can play his natural position.

It’s very possible that waiting could be the best move for multiple reasons. Obviously it would be nice for him to play his natural center field position, but this injury is one that is typically re-injured if the athlete is rushed back. Sure, he wouldn’t be putting as much stress on his calf if he was playing right, but there could still be a chance of re-injury there.

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We’re in a tough situation, but if we could come out with a series win in Arlington and continue to tread water after that, we could compete when we get our superstar center fielder back.