A lingering back injury has landed Los Angeles Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout on the 10-day injured list ahead of the All-Star break. The Angels’ confirmed the news via social media on Monday.
Trout was out for several games recently and has been dealing with back spasms for some time now. After taking some time to think about their next move, the Angels probably
figured the All-Star break was the time when Trout’s absence would do the least damage.
It’s nothing new for Trout to be on the injured list in recent years. After being the best player in baseball in the mid-2010s, Trout became increasingly injury-prone. He missed time in 2017 due to torn thumb ligament, dealt with wrist inflammation in 2018, and then had to get foot surgery in 2019. His injury-woes culminated last season when he only played 36 games due to a torn calf muscle.
So far in 2022, Trout seemed in good shape despite shaky production. He has been batting .270 with 24 home runs and 51 RBIs across 79 games played. This was enough to get him his 10th career All-Star appearance. He will be replaced by the San Diego Padres’ infielder Ty France in this year’s All-Star Game.
The Angels can now only hope that Trout’s time on the IL is a short one. The LA team is currently fourth in the AL West with a 39-53 record and 20.5 games behind leaders Houston Astros.