Mike Trout’s season officially over as Angels put him on the 60-day injured list

There are only seven games left in the Los Angeles Angels’ season, but Mike Trout will not appear in any of them.

Manager Phil Nevin announced Sunday that the Angels have transferred its longtime center fielder to the 60-day injured list, His season is coming to an end and any late comeback attempts he will be hoping for come to fruition.

With the exception of just a few days, Trout has been on the 10-day injured list since July 4, when it appeared he fouled out a ball easily and harmlessly against the San Diego Padres, but actually fractured his hamate. Went.

Trout later said, “I can’t describe the pain I felt.” “I’ve never felt this before, ever, ever.”

The hamate is a small bone in the wrist, and when it is short, it affects the strength of the hand and wrist – and therefore the power a hitter can generate when swinging. While Trout returned about 7 weeks after his wrist surgery, it can take months or sometimes up to a year to return to full strength (and a hitter’s power stroke).

That July 4 game against the Padres became Trout’s second-to-last game of the season. After progressing through rehab, he returned on August 22 and started in a 1–4 loss against the Cincinnati Reds. But a few days later, he went back on the injured list after feeling pain after being fouled by a pitch, and has remained there ever since.

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 21: Angels star Mike Trout walks into the dugout before a game with the Pirates at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Friday, July 21, 2023.  (Alan J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Angels have placed their longtime centerfielder Mike Trout on the 60-day injured list due to his wrist, cutting his season with just one week remaining. (Alan J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The 32-year-old Trout played in only 82 games this season, his fewest since 2021, when he played only 36 because of a torn calf muscle. He hit .263/.367/.490 in those 82 games, his worst batting average and slugging percentage since his first season in 2011, when he was just 19 years old. Despite this, Trout’s ability to get on base is still unmatched. His on-base percentage of .367, 47 points higher than the current league average of .320. He also walked 45 and was on pace for 90, which would have been his best mark since 2019 and still good enough to finish in the top 10 in 2023.

It does not appear that Trout’s move from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL was due to any issues with him. The Angels needed a spot on the 40-man roster for pitcher Carson Fulmer, necessitating Trout to be moved to the IL long-term. Hopefully he will be healthy in time for spring training in 2024.

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