Angels outfielder Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will undergo surgery on Wednesday, according to the team. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with the injury, with an expected return coming sometime around the All-Star break.
TROUT UPDATE: Mike Trout will have surgery on Wednesday to repair UCL in his left thumb. Typical timetable for return is 6 to 8 weeks.— Angels (@Angels) May 30, 2017
Trout injured his thumb sliding into second base during Sunday’s game and was initially diagnosed with a sprain, though an MRI on Sunday revealed the ligament tear. The two-time AL MVP heads to the disabled list for the first time in his career, missing up to two full months if surgery is required.
The Halos called up Eric Young Jr. as outfield depth with Trout sidelined, though Ben Revere will likely see significant time as a starter alongside Kole Calhoun and Cameron Maybin. Maybin, Revere and Young all have experience in center field, giving the Angels some options in the interim.
Trout, 25, heads to the DL in the midst of a career year in which he has hit .337/.461/.742 with 16 homers in 47 games. His absence is obviously a major blow to the Angels’ playoff hopes, as they currently sit just 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot in the American League despite a 26-28 start.