The Angels’ Mike Trout is set to miss the rest of the 2019 season after he and team doctors elected to opt for a surgery to hopefully alleviate foot problems that have hampered the superstar at times this season.
Trout has been out for the Angels since the first week of September with a condition called Morton’s neuroma. This causes a thickening of tissue surrounding a nerve in the foot, causing pain and difficulty running.
After testing out his injured foot with team trainers over the past few days, Trout saw no improvement. This led the team to make decision to undergo surgery to remove the tissue in order to alleviate Trout’s pain and get him back on track for next season.
Trout and the Angels have nothing to play for, having been eliminated from playoff contention earlier this month.
The surgery puts a premature end to Trout’s season, arguably the best of his sensational career. The two-time AL Most Valuable Player compiled a .291/.438/.645 batting line to go along with 45 home runs and 104 RBI. He looks to be a heavy favorite to win his third MVP trophy this season despite missing nearly 30 games.
Trout and the Angels expect to see their cornerstone player back and ready for Spring Training next year.