Widely considered baseball's best player for much of his career, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has missed a lot of time this season. Injuries have held him to playing in just 36 of the Angels' 75 games played so far. He also hasn't played in a game since May 17 since he was placed on the injury list with a right calf strain. While Angels fans would like to see Trout back in the lineup sooner than later, it's looking like his return is still a ways away.
The Angels provided some bad news regarding Trout's latest injury update on Friday as general manager Perry Minasian announced that the eight-time all-star has yet to start any baseball activities.
Mike Trout Injury Update
This injury update is mostly concerning because it was believed that Trout would be participating in baseball activities by now. After all, it was just over a week ago that the three-time American League MVP said himself that he'd be beginning baseball activities in "the next few days."
Trout had 8 home runs and 18 RBI in 117 at-bats on the season before ending up on the sidelines last month. He was also slashing at .333 /.466/.624 in 2021, which is significantly above his career average of .305/.419/.583. Needless to say, Los Angeles could use that kind of presence back in its lineup.
While the Angels average 4.83 runs per game on the season (7th), production has fallen to an average of 2.00 runs over their last three games — tied for the worst in the MLB during that span. Even though that's a small sample size, it's significant enough because they're 8.5 games back of the final AL wild-card spot. With just about half of the season remaining, Los Angeles needs to pick up its scoring if it wants to go on a late-season playoff push.
Assuming the Angels can go on a run and qualify for the postseason, their odds to win the World Series sit at +6500 (T-18th), according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Getting a player of Trout's caliber back into the lineup as soon as possible is key to any potential run that Los Angeles could go on in 2021.
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