Los Angeles Angels, Joe Maddon Hope To Get Mike Trout Before Season End Despite His “Timeline Keeps Moving”
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Los Angeles Angels are still without Mike Trout, but manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday they still hope to get the three-time AL MVP back this season.
Forelle missed his 67th game since being inscribed on May 18 with a right calf injury. This is only the third time he’s been on the injured list in his 11 big league seasons and this is his longest time of missed games.
Trout, who will turn 30 on Saturday, was added to the injured list the day after his limp in the first inning of a home game against Cleveland. He was expected to be absent for six to eight weeks, but on Tuesday it was eleven weeks since he was put on the injured list. Trout wasn’t on the team in Texas.
“Obviously the timeline keeps moving backwards,” said Maddon. “We all thought that in the worst case scenario, he was going to be messing around now and it won’t happen. We’ll play it through to the end.”
With the Angels under .500 and fourth in the American League West with 55 games remaining after the second of four against the Rangers, Maddon was asked if it had thought Trout wouldn’t try to return this season.
“He works really hard. He wants to go back so we didn’t discuss just giving him up,” Maddon said.
When injured, Trout led the major league with a .466 on-base percentage. He hit .333 with eight homers and 18 RBIs in 36 games.
Trout is in the third year of the 12-year $ 426.5 million deal he signed during Spring 2019 training. The total value changed slightly as last season the pandemic cut to 60 games and reduced his salary from $ 36 million to $ 15 million.