Just what we were all hoping wouldn’t happen just happened. The Angels placed Mike Trout on the disabled list for the first time in his historic career with a torn ulna collateral ligament in his left thumb.
Trout suffered the injury while diving head first into second base on a stolen base attempt in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Marlins.
Surgery is an option. And doctors will discuss this with Trout and other members of the Halos brass to make the best possible decision.
Best case scenario is three to four weeks. Typically, this injury would keep a player out up to two months. That was the case in 2012 and 2014 when Vernon Wells and Josh Hamilton suffered the same injury respectively.
This a huge blow to a team that is hanging on and is only a game-and-a-half out of the second American League Wild Card spot. Trout was on pace for a career season reminiscent of Mays and Mantle. But he could still put up big numbers if he comes back in time. Either way it will be even more difficult for the Angels to stay in the pennant race.
The contract of Eric Young, Jr. was selected, and the speedy journeyman outfielder was called up to take Trout’s spot on the 40-man roster. Tyler Skaggs was moved to the 60-day disabled list to create the opening for Young.
Now for a bottle of Jack to ease the pain.