A calf injury should keep Los Angeles Angels star center fielder Mike Trout on the sidelines for the remainder of the 2021 MLB season. At least that is what Trout’s manager Joe Maddon believes.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Maddon said that he would be very surprised if Trout ends up playing before next year.
“I’m not anticipating anything to change in regards to him playing,” Maddon said.
Trout hurt his right calf back in May and was originally set to miss between six and eight weeks of action. However, the injury proved to be more severe than initially believed, while soreness further stalled his recovery.
The three-time AL MVP has been pushing to get back on the field regardless, but it doesn’t look like he’ll get a chance to do so as the Angels don’t want to take any risks with the best player in baseball.
“I don’t expect him to play today or tomorrow or anytime soon,” Maddon added. “He’s upbeat as he can be.”
Mike Trout played 36 games in 2021 before going down with the injury. He had a .333 batting average, eight home runs, and 18 RBIs at that point.
Without Trout in the lineup, the Angels struggled to remain in the postseason hunt and will most likely extend their playoff drought. The team is currently fourth in AL West with a 70-74 record.