Angels’ Mike Trout Dealing With a “Pretty Rare” Back Condition

Los Angeles Angels' center fielder Mike Trout
Los Angeles Angels' center fielder Mike Trout in 2019. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/Shutterstock (10363736p)

The back spasms that have kept the Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout on the sidelines on several occasions this season are not just spasms. According to the team’s head trainer Mike Frostad, Trout is actually dealing with “a pretty rare condition.”

“(Dr. Robert Watkins), one of the most well-known spine surgeons in the country, if not the world, doesn’t see a lot of these,” said Frostad while also adding that this condition might affect the three-time AL MVP for the rest of his career.

Trout has been out since mid-July after landing on the 10-day injured list. The 30-year-old player played 79 games, most since 2019, and is hitting .270 with 24 homers and 51 RBIs.

Expectedly, Frostad’s statement raised some concerns among Angels fans, but Trout himself played down the impact that the back condition might have on his career.

“I think he meant that I have to stay on top of the routine I do on a daily basis to keep it from coming back,” Trout told reporters several hours later. “I’m appreciative of all the prayer requests, but my career is not over.”

Trout is currently undergoing cortisone injection therapy, which is already giving results, according to the player. He even plans on returning to the field in 2022, although there is no indication of when that might happen.  

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