Los Angeles Angels’ Playoff Chances Take a Massive Hit With Latest Mike Trout Injury Update

Published 07/06/2023, 5:41 AM EDT

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As the 2023 season progressed, the Los Angeles Angels held optimistic expectations of breaking their playoff drought. With strong competition in the AL West and a respectable record, the team remained determined. However, a recent injury update regarding Mike Trout has significantly dimmed their hopes, especially with the All-Star game approaching.

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Although Trout has been far from his usual top-level form, he has still been significant for the Angels. The star outfielder recently earned his 11th career All-Star nod, with teammate Shohei Ohtani dominating the selection. But the latest update on Trout’s injury might have ended the team’s playoff hopes.

Mike Trout will miss 4-8 weeks while recovering from the surgery

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Mike Trout injured himself during a game against the San Diego Padres earlier this week. It was diagnosed as a fractured hamate bone in his left arm. Surgery was the only option to fix it, and Trout underwent a procedure. But this is a terrible news as he will miss significant time while recovering. Most recently, MLB Reporter Rhett Bollinger shared an update on the injury timeline directly from Angels manager Phil Nevin. 

In a Tweet, Bollinger said, “Mike Trout underwent successful hamate surgery today, Phil Nevin said. The surgery was the only way to heal the injury, Nevin said. His timeline of 4-8 weeks remains the same”. Although some experts remain hopeful for a 4-week return, it looks unlikely at this point. Furthermore, the injury comes when injury scares are rocking the Angels.

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Shohei Ohtani left a recent game with an injury that luckily turned out to be a blister issue and nothing more serious. Also, Anthony Rendon was not so lucky as he suffered another injury setback in the same game as Ohtani. Amid the latest update on Trout’s surgery, fans are making speculations around his comeback.

Fans speculate on Trout’s anticipated comeback to the game

The reactions to the Mike Trout injury have been mixed. Some fans hope for a quick recovery, while others are less optimistic.

But other fans have given their own timelines for the the 11x All-Star player’s return from surgery.

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This latest Mike Trout injury is the continuation of a trend for the Angels star in recent years. But the immediate future for the team looks increasingly bleak. Do you think the Angels can qualify for the playoffs with Trout out for at least 4 weeks?

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports, with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. His expertise lies in cheat sheets, post-game analysis, and trade rumors, providing readers with comprehensive coverage of the sport. Pranay is an avid follower of baseball and is a staunch supporter of the Yankees, firmly believing that it is time for the New York team to break their World Series jinx.
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