It clearly isn’t a calf strain, as the LA Angels have been telling us. If it was just a strain, he wouldn’t be out for this long. We also wouldn’t have heard Joe Maddon recently admit that he may be shut down for the rest of the year.
"“He had another good day working out and we were optimistic but he came back sore. So we keep going back to that. It’s a possibility [he’ll get shut down]. And probably getting closer to having to say something like that. But he still wants to continue the fight and we’re going to honor his wishes. However Mike sees this, we’re going to go that way.”"
This is very disappointing news in a time where the team is coming off of back-to-back wins vs. quality teams.
The LA Angels prove that they can’t catch a break with this Mike Trout news.
Mike Trout had recently been running the bases aggressively at Angel Stadium just last week.
He has been traveling with the team, and he had been participating in baseball activities. These pieces were important because previous setbacks had kept him from continuing to do those things.
It’s really going to be about how he personally sees the situation moving forward.
“The biggest thing about it would be his mental well-being and how he feels going into the offseason,” said Maddon.
I like that approach, because it gives him the chance to play if he feels like he needs to be back with the team. If he can’t go, though, the Angels aren’t going to push him. They need to have the future in mind. He still has many years left on his contract.
It’s frustrating when thinking about what this season could have been without all these injuries the team has faced, but it’s where we’re at right now.