In a concerning development for Angels fans, superstar outfielder Mike Trout is still sidelined due to a wrist injury that has plagued him since July, raising questions about the team’s playoff aspirations in 2023. Despite the anticipation of his return, Trout has yet to resume baseball activities, including swinging a bat.
The setback occurred when Trout broke the hamate bone in his right hand during a game against the Padres. Except for a brief stint on the injured list, he has remained unable to contribute to the team’s efforts on the field. This leaves the Angels without one of their key players as they navigate a crucial phase of the season.
Earlier in the year, the Angels found themselves in a precarious situation as both Trout and Anthony Rendon suffered injuries, placing immense pressure on Shohei Ohtani to carry the team’s postseason hopes. Ohtani admirably stepped up to the challenge, but the absence of Trout has been felt deeply.
As the team struggled, the front office made strategic moves at the trade deadline to bolster Ohtani’s quest for playoff baseball. Unfortunately, the acquisitions have not yielded the desired results, and the Angels’ postseason chances have dwindled as September progresses.
Trout’s injury woes have become a recurring theme in recent seasons, leading to concerns about his overall durability. His inability to play a full 162-game season has raised questions about his status as a reliable asset for the team. Furthermore, given the Angels’ lack of high-level prospects and limited talent at the major league level, there is growing speculation that Trout may seek a change of scenery in the near future.
“That’s going to come when he feels better,” Nevin said. “Each day the pain is less and less.”
With the possibility of his Japanese teammate, Shohei Ohtani, leaving in the upcoming winter, Trout’s departure could signify the end of an era for the Angels. Fans and baseball enthusiasts alike are left wondering if they will witness one of the game’s greatest players continue to wear the Angels’ uniform or if he will seek new horizons to pursue his illustrious career. The Angels’ playoff hopes for 2023 remain uncertain, and the fate of their beloved superstar hangs in the balance.