SAN DIEGO — The Angels’ nightmare month reached a new level on Tuesday when they announced that Mike Trout is joining their already injured list.
Trout broke the hamate bone in his left wrist after being fouled by a pitch on Monday night. An injury usually takes a player four to eight weeks to recover.
Just in the past month, the Angels have lost shortstop Zach Neto, third baseman Anthony Rendon, second baseman Brandon Drury and infielder Geo Urschella. Urshela is out for the season. Rendon was healthy at the time of Trout’s announcement, but a few hours later he was hit by a ball in his shin, which would likely put him on the injured list for the third time. Drury and Neto could return immediately after the All-Star break. The Angels are also without catcher Max Stacey and Logan O’Hoppe since April.
Before an 8–5 loss to the Padres on Tuesday, manager Phil Nevin said, “Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us.” “We are definitely not. We’ll go out and attack every day. Now is the time for some to step up. There are others who are going to get some opportunities. That’s what this game is about.”
Trout fouled an 0-and-1 pitch from Nick Martinez early in the eighth inning on Monday and immediately shook his left arm. Nevin and a trainer came out to check on him and he was removed from the game.
Trout, who will miss a significant portion of the season for the third year in a row, was distraught on Monday night while speaking to reporters while awaiting test results, and on Tuesday said he was not surprised by the diagnosis he made. .
Trout said, “I knew it wasn’t good.” “It’s a strange thing.”
Trout said he has already heard of some players who have suffered a similar injury, which usually requires surgery to remove the bone. After that, the player can return as soon as the pain goes away and the strength is restored.
Trout said, “Of course” he’ll be back this year.
Boston Red Sox infielder Yu Chang suffered the fracture on April 24. He started rehabilitation after about a month, but he felt some discomfort and needed another month. He is currently on another rehabilitation assignment.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Vander Franco was out for two months last year due to a fracture.
The previous year, Andrew Benintendi broke his hamate on September 2 and had surgery on September 6, and did not return with the New York Yankees, who were eliminated from the postseason on October 23.
In 2019, Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez missed only four weeks due to a torn hamstring. That represents the best conditions for trout.
“Some people come back in four weeks,” Trout said. “Some people take a little longer. We’ll see how my body heals.”
Meanwhile, the Angels recalled Joe Edell from Triple-A to replace Trout on the active roster. Edell was hitting .271 with 23 homers – most in the minors – and with a .956 OPS.
Mickey Moniak will get most of the opportunities in center field. Nevin said Edel could play some center field as well. Nevin indicated that he would like to keep Taylor Ward on the left side and Hunter Renfro on the right side as much as possible.
Working around Trout’s injury is nothing new for the Angels. The three-time American League MVP suffered a calf strain in May 2021 that caused him to miss the rest of the season. Last July he injured his back and was out for five weeks.
Engels was proactive in trying to prevent Trout from suffering soft tissue injuries by giving him regular days off. He was out of the lineup eight times in the Angels’ first 87 games, with plans to reduce those days off as the schedule provided for more days off in the second half. Trout last played in more than 140 games in 2016.
The injury, however, turned out to be a broken bone, which could not be prevented by rest.
“It’s really frustrating because my body is feeling great,” Trout said. “Just getting the routine, being with it, getting the treatment. My body is feeling great and then a strange thing happens.”
Recent injuries will cost Trout another chance to play in the All-Star Game. Although he was selected as the starter for the 10th time, this would be the fourth time he would be unable to play. He missed games in 2017, 2021 and 2022 due to injuries. Trout has not played in an All-Star Game since 2019, after the 2020 All-Star Game was canceled due to the pandemic.
The bigger concern is the impact on the Angels’ season.
The Angels are 45–43, seven games behind the AL West and four games out of the third wild-card spot. Although they were on a hot streak in early June that put them ahead in the race, they have lost 10 of their last 14 games.
By his standard, Trout had been in decline for most of the season, but he said he was starting to feel better in the last few weeks. He hit .340 in his last 14 games with four home runs and an OPS of 1.121.
For the season, Trout is hitting .263 with 18 homers, 44 RBI, and an .863 OPS.
Nevin held a brief meeting before Tuesday’s game to discuss how the team would move forward in the wake of Trout’s injury. Nevin said the players are still positive. On Tuesday afternoon, he went about his business without any problems, playing video games during a break from pre-game preparation.
Nevin said, “I think everyone out there knows there will be occasional ups and downs in the road here.” “We have asked some people to go down. Our motto since the beginning of the season has been: It’s the next man in. We keep on playing. No one will feel sorry for us. There is no reason for us to do the same.”
O’Hoppe (shoulder surgery) made 25 dry swings on Tuesday, the first time he swung an at bat since being injured in April. “It felt really good,” O’Hoppe said. “I didn’t feel like I needed to baby anything.” O’Hoppe could be back as late as August. ,
Right-hander Ben Joyce (ulnar neuritis) will continue his throwing program in Arizona. Nevin said that Joyce is three or four weeks away from reaching the mound. “Once that happens, I think it’s pretty quick after that,” Nevin said. ,
Left-hander Matt Moore (strained oblique) held a bullpen session Tuesday. He is scheduled to face some hitters this weekend in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium and again during the All-Star break. Nevin said, if all goes well, he can be active when the second half starts a week from Friday. ,
NETO (tense oblique) is going to be involved in some “game-like things” early next week, Nevin said. “We got to see that right after the break.” ,
The Angels optioned right-hander Victor Mederos to Triple-A and recalled right-hander Gerardo Reyes.
Angels (LHP Patrick Sandoval, 4-7, 4.57) at Padres (TBD) Wednesday, 5:40 p.m. Bali Sports West, 830 AM