Return Trout is delayed, but Angels await him

Return Trout is delayed but Angels await him

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Los Angeles Angels have yet to Mike troutBut manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday they still hope to win back the three-time AL MVP this season.

Trout missed his 67th game since entering the disabled list on May 18 with a right calf strain. This is only the third time he’s been on the disabled list in his 11 major league seasons, and this is his longest losing streak.

Trout, who turns 30 on Saturday, went on the disabled list a day after he limped while on the bases in the first inning of a home game against the Cleveland Indians. He was expected to miss six to eight weeks, but Tuesday marked 11 weeks since he was placed on the disabled list. Trout was not with the team in Texas.

“Obviously, the timeline keeps going backwards,” Maddon said. “We all thought he would be playing right now in the worst case scenario, and it’s not happening. We will keep waiting until the end.”

With the Angels under .500 and fourth in the AL West with 55 games remaining after the second of four against the Texas Rangers, Maddon was asked if he had thought about Trout not trying to come back this time. season.

“He’s working really hard. He wants to come back, so we haven’t had a discussion about just giving up on him,” Maddon said.

When he was injured, Trout was leading the major leagues with a .466 on-base percentage. He hit .333 with eight home runs and 18 RBIs in 36 games.

Trout is in the third year of the $ 426.5 million, 12-year contract he signed during spring training in 2019. The overall value changed slightly when the pandemic was reduced last season to 60 games, reducing his salary to $ 15 million from $ 36. millions.