Mike Trout’s voice cracked as he answered a question about his frustration about being shut down. For the third consecutive year, injuries shortened the 32 year old’s season.
Monday was the first time media members talked to Trout since Los Angeles Angels’ manager Phil Nevin announced the center fielder was not returning for the remainder of the year and being placed on the 60-day injured list.
“Yeah, it’s frustrating,” Trout, who suffered a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist on July 3, said. “It’s better now, obviously, but I wanted to get back. It’s tough.
“It’s been hard on me.”
And it was apparent that the barrage of injuries has weighed on Trout, as he was visibly upset when he made that last statement. Two years ago, Trout’s season was ended due to a right calf strain he sustained in May, and in 2022, the outfielder missed 30 games due to a back injury.
With the Angels in playoff contention, Trout admitted that he came back from the injury too soon. To expedite his recovery, Trout had the fractured portion surgically removed in July. He was able to return for one game following the procedure on Aug. 22, before returning to the injured list immediately after.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout watches from the bench during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
“I just want to be out there and injuries suck,” Trout said. “All the hard work and stuff, and just freak stuff happens. But I’m trying to stay positive. … Came back probably sooner than I should’ve. I wanted to be out there with the guys. Pushed it, and it was just sore. I was uncomfortable. When I came back, I was in pain. My swing wasn’t right — just wasn’t myself. … I was taking it day by day, trying for the discomfort and soreness to go away, and it never did.”
Trout said with more rest he expects the pain to subside and his focus is on having a healthy offseason. But this break will be different than past ones.
For the first time since Trout signed his massive,12-year, $426.5-million contract in 2019, the Angels…
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Publish date : 2023-09-26 20:23:12
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