Angels’ Mike Trout Out of the Game with a Broken Wrist
Mike Trout, a demigod superstar with the Los Angeles Angels, has hurt his wrist; it appears to be fractured. This Mike Trout injury likely means he’ll be sitting out games all the way through the MLB trade deadline.
Talk about a curveball!
The Unlucky Inning
It all happened during a game against the San Diego Padres, a MLB match that saw the Angels trailing behind (SD 10, LA 3). In the eighth inning, Trout swung at a pitch from Nick Martinez and ended up fouling it off. This led to a fracture of the hamate bone in his left hand – not exactly a walk in the ballpark. It’s a Mike Trout injury that has the team on the line.
To make matters worse, this kind of baseball injury often means surgery, so it looks like Trout may be heading to the operating room soon. The recovery time for this is between 3 to 7 weeks.
After the incident, Mickey Moniak, a former No. 1 pick, was called in to replace Trout. But unfortunately, he struck out to finish the at-bat.
Trout’s Standings Before the Injury
Before this ungodlike turn of events, Trout was going strong. The 31-year-old was hitting .260/.365/.493 (134 OPS+) with 18 home runs, 43 RBI, and two stolen bases in his first 80 games. Even though these numbers might be below Trout’s usual high standards, they still made him worth an estimated 2.9 Wins Above Replacement.
Impact on the Angels
Coming into Tuesday, the Angels were holding their own, ranking third in the AL West with a 45-42 record. They were trailing the leading Texas Rangers by six games and were also three games behind in the race for the last AL wild card spot. Now, with Trout out of the game for some time, the team’s chances for the postseason are looking shaky. Their MLB odds of making the playoffs now stand at a mere 12.5%.
More Injury Woes for the Angels
Trout’s injury adds to the Angels’ list of injured baseball players. They are also missing key players, including starting catcher Logan O’Hoppe, shortstop Zach Neto, and infielders Gio Urshela and Brandon Drury. Some of their pitchers, José Suarez, Ben Joyce, and Matt Moore are out as well.
The Mike Trout injury news is a bitter pill for the player, who had just been chosen for his 11th career MLB All-Star Game. The Angels have now brought up former top prospect Jo Adell to take Trout’s place on the roster.
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