Angels place Mike Trout on IL due to fracture of hamate bone

SAN DIEGO — Los Angeles Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout said he hopes to return this season even though he broke his left wrist after being fouled by a pitch on Monday night.

“Of course,” Trout said Tuesday, hours after the Angels announced he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken hamate bone.

“I’ve reached out to other people who’ve had this surgery before, or who’ve had this injury before. I don’t know if it will require surgery. I guess we’ll find out in the next few days . Some people are back in four weeks, some people take a little longer to see how their bodies are healing.”

The slugger fouled out on an 0-1 pitch by Nick Martinez in the beginning of the eighth inning and immediately shook his left arm. Angels manager Phil Nevin and a trainer came out to check on the slugger, and he left the game.

Trout said, “I knew it wasn’t good. It’s just another weirdo.” “It’s nothing serious, so obviously I’ll miss a bit of time, but it’s not the end of the season.”

Trout, a three-time AL MVP, was named to his 11th All-Star team on Sunday and his 10th consecutive start as a starter. He was hitting .263 with 18 home runs and 44 RBI.

Trout said he felt good before the injury and that it would be tough to miss the All-Star Game.

“I was really looking forward to this,” he said. “It’s upsetting.”

Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker change trout on the AL roster.

Nevin said the team is going to get another medical opinion on Trout’s wrist, “but usually these things need to be fixed. To be honest, when I got there, I kind of thought I’ve had players before who have done this, the feelings he had.

“You worry about a lot of things when you think something’s going on or something like that, but thankfully it’s a bone,” Nevin said. “It’s not a ligament or anything. Guys have come back from it and done well and played. Mike will be back with us sometime this year. I know he’s hungry. I also know he’s got It’s hurting too. It’s hard to watch.”

Nevin said that Mickey Moniak and Joe Edell would replace Trout in center field. Edel was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake along with right-hander Gerardo Reyes. Moniak started against Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove on Tuesday. Moniak grew up in northern San Diego County and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 amateur draft by Philadelphia.

Nevin said, “Today, Mikey’s there and he’s definitely the guy who was there after Mike left first.” “I think someone joked that I gave Mike six days off this year and we won all six games, so we shouldn’t be so upset right now.”

Nevin said he spoke with the players and coaching staff to reassure them that the Angels were still in good shape. They are three games above .500 and third in the AL West, six games behind the Texas Rangers and three games out of the third wild-card spot.

Nevin said he doesn’t want two-way star Shohei Ohtani, who leads the majors with 31 home runs, “to try to do too much. Obviously everyone’s like, ‘Okay, your Still have Shohei.’ He’s going to hit his pitches. You can’t run him every time. He’ll go up and put up quality batting and not try to do too much.”

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