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USA Today via Reuters

Though the Los Angeles Angels were happy to see Mike Trout, the meeting was still bittersweet. The fact they’re set to miss their biggest star during the most difficult time for the franchise isn’t lost on anyone. So it’s natural that the squad might feel dejected and run low on hope. Perhaps that’s why the skipper Ron Washington decided to be a force of inspiration for the players. 

While the timeline for Trout’s return isn’t out yet, one can expect him to be away for quite a long time. With a 14-24 record, the Anaheim Angels are currently 4th in AL West. At this rate, the team might miss the playoffs once again. It’s easy to blame the circumstances during this tense situation but Washington chose differently. The skipper reiterated his belief in the team and hoped that they’d excel even without star players.

We can’t approach it that we can’t play baseball because we don’t have this guy or we don’t have that guy,” Washington said to MLB.com. “We’ve got to approach it where the guys we have, they’re good enough to do what the game asks of them to do. And we can still be successful. We miss the guys that aren’t here, no doubt about it. But our job is to hold things down until they return.”

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Washington certainly has his work cut out for him. The Angels have lost 6 of the last 9 games. While they did win the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team resumed its losing ways with a 10-4 result against the Kansas City Royals. With the pitching staff and the hitting staff both lacking some power, the skipper needs to find a way to hold on.

However, there was one small positive news coming out of this meeting. While a timeline for Trout’s return wasn’t set, he looked quite happy with his surgery.

Can Mike Trout return to a decimated Angels before June? 

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With Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon both out due to injury, the Halos’ squad is quite low on game-changers. Though they’ve added players like Niko Goodrum, Cole Tucker, Kevin Pillar, and Willie Calhoun to the ranks, without Mike Trout, the team lacks that special touch. While the 11-time All-Star doesn’t know how he got injured, he was in good spirits on Thursday (May 9).

Normally, a player undergoing a torn meniscus surgery returns in four to six weeks. That’s great news for the Angels. However, even that would mean that his return won’t be before June. So under any circumstances, the Los Angeles Angels will have to endure at least a month without their biggest star. Their recent results show – it won’t be an easy ride.