Mike Trout is out 6-8 weeks after straining his calf against the Indians on Monday night and will be out at least six to eight weeks. The Angels have been struggling to generate runs lately, and this injury won’t make it any easier. The team struggled in their last road trip, only winning two games.
Trout is diagnosed with a Grade 2 calf strain after rounding the bases on a routine fly ball. Trout initially thought he had ruptured his Achilles after feeling a pop. The Angels will be without one of the best bats in the league as they try to climb back up the American League standings.
Trout is off to one of his best starts in his career. He is sixth in batting average, first in OPS, and first in on-base percentage. Teams usually don’t like to pitch to him, and when they make a mistake, he makes them pay.
The Angels are currently sitting at fourth in the AL West standings with a record of 18-23.
Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, and Jared Walsh will need to carry the load with Trout hurt. The Angels have struggled in the past when Trout misses time, so they want to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself.
Trout isn’t the Only Injury
Trout battled some injuries over the past few seasons, most notably to his thumb, wrist, and foot. Players will need to step up, especially if he’s out longer than expected.
The Angels have been dealing with injuries to start the season. The team lost Dexter Fowler for the year, and Anthony Rendon has spent time on the injured list. Now the Angels have to survive without their best player. The Angels are bringing in players, and they can’t seem to stay healthy.
Taylor Ward and Juan Lagares will be the two to step up in centerfield. Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh are options as well. All played in 38 games last season as a rookie.
The Angels and Indians will finish off their three-game series tonight in Anaheim. The Angels took game one on Monday, but Cleveland answered back with a win in game two.