The angels have been without Mike Trout for a few weeks. The three-time MVP entered the injured list on July 18 with a ribcage inflammation, and while he is technically eligible to return, his timeline for returning to the field remains unclear.
Yesterday, team head coach Mike Frostad discussed Trout’s injury with reporters (including The Athletic’s Sam Blum and Orange County Register’s Jeff Fletcher). Frostad said Trout was diagnosed with “costovertebral dysfunction“in his back, he called”a fairly rare condition.“The coach added that the situation was something of the club”(must) look like – he has to manage it, not only for the rest of this season, but also for the rest of his career probably.”
Frostad’s memo about needing to monitor Trout’s career-long condition sparked understandable concern among Angels fans, but the future Hall of Famer was quick to reassure he wasn’t worried about the issue. long-term. “I appreciate all prayer requests, but my career is not over,Trout told reporters half-jokingly about the public’s response to Frostad’s comments. Trout added that he felt he had made progress in his recovery over the past few days, and responded, “sure, it’s my goalwhen asked if he plans to return to the field in 2022. He conceded that he will have to “stay on top of the routine I do on a daily basis to prevent it from coming backto Frostad’s point about handling the condition, but expressed optimism it won’t be particularly problematic.
Trout’s prospect is certainly good news for Halos fans and the organization as a whole, but it looks like he’s still set to be out of action for the foreseeable future. He has yet to begin his baseball activities after receiving a cortisone injection last week. Trout will see a back specialist this weekend, he told reporters, and hopes to receive clearance to step up his work beyond the basic cardio and stability training he does.
The Angels lost Trout for most of last season. He played 36 games before suffering a calf sprain in May. While the club initially hoped he could return within two months, the injury lasted long enough to eventually shut him down for the season. Trout has returned to appear in 79 games so far in 2022, and he’s had a generally stellar year. Thanks to 326 plate appearances, the ten-time star hit .270/.368/.599 with 24 home runs. Among batters with more than 300 trips to home plate, only Yordan Alvarez, Paul Goldschmidt, Judge Aaron and rafael devers having a higher wRC+ than Trout’s 167 — a mark that indicates he’s been 67 percentage points better than the league’s average hitter.
In an all-too-familiar scenario, Trout’s excellence wasn’t enough to overcome the other flaws on the roster. The Halos come into play Thursday with a 42-56 record that will almost certainly lead to their eighth straight year without reaching the playoffs. The club’s place in the rankings figures increases its caution in bringing Trout back, as it did last year.