Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout, who suffered a broken hamate bone on July 3, has been absent from the field for weeks. However, it seems that the time for his return is finally drawing near.
During a break on Sunday, as the Halos took a pause following their Saturday doubleheader, a couple of significant changes were made to the team’s roster. One of these adjustments appears to strongly suggest that Trout’s comeback could take place as soon as Monday.
In the midst of these roster alterations, the Angels made several moves, including sending catcher Chad Wallach, recently designated for assignment (DFA), down to Triple-A. Additionally, they transferred right-handed pitcher Jose Marte to Single-A. However, the most notable change was the decision to option outfielder Jordyn Adams to Triple-A.
This strategic maneuver effectively opens up a spot on the team’s roster, and all signs point to Trout reclaiming that spot. Although the Angels contemplated bringing Trout back for the second game of the doubleheader on the previous Saturday, they decided against it, deeming him not quite ready. Nevertheless, Angels manager Phil Nevin described Trout’s condition as “day-to-day.” The recent roster adjustment now strongly suggests that the long-anticipated day of his return is finally approaching.
Trout, a cornerstone of the Angels’ lineup, was in the midst of another impressive All-Star season with Anaheim. Prior to his injury, he held a batting average of .263, along with 18 home runs, 44 runs batted in, and an OPS of .862.
Should Trout indeed make his return on Monday, as the signs are indicating, it will have been approximately seven weeks since his unfortunate injury. Remarkably, he will be rejoining the team without undergoing a rehab assignment.
Considering the Angels’ current record of 61-64 and their position 8.5 games behind the final Wild Card spot in the American League, the swift return of their star player is undoubtedly a prudent move. The anticipation of having Trout back on the field is high, as it holds the potential to positively impact the team’s performance and standings moving forward.