- The Los Angeles Angels have not given superstar Mike Trout a timetable for his return.
- Trout has been on the injured list since May 17th after suffering a calf strain in a game against the Cleveland Indians.
- The Angels have posted a record of 9-10 since Trout’s injury and have dropped to third place in the AL West odds board.
Good news and bad news for Los Angeles Angels.
Outfielder Mike Trout said on Monday that he had his “best day” yet , tolerance-wise. However, the Angels’ superstar still doesn’t know when he can return to the field to help his team.
Speaking before the Angels’ Monday game against the Kansas City Royals, Trout said:
“Today was probably my best day yet, just tolerance-wise. As far as activities, I’m doing as much as I can to strengthen around the calf muscle. I’m happy with my progress so far. It has been good the last couple of days. I should have a better idea on a return date once I start moving around, as in jogging and running.”
Out For Six to Eight Weeks
Mike Trout has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right calf strain, the Angels announced Tuesday.
His estimated return to play is six to eight weeks. pic.twitter.com/tP06iZPU8j
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 18, 2021
Trout has been on the injured list since suffering a calf strain on May 17th in a game against the Cleveland Indians. He hurt himself while running the bases during the second inning of that game.
At that time, the Angels said that Trout would miss six to eight weeks of baseball action, which would put his return to sometime after the All-Star break. Trout was the clear cut +250 betting favorite to win a fourth AL MVP award but fell down the odds boards after suffering the injury.
The three-time AL MVP wants to start jogging soon but hasn’t received a timetable as to when he can do that, or when he could start returning to baseball activities. He added that he is already walking on a treadmill although he is still doing so without any intensity.
During home games, Trout says that he usually watches the early part of the Angels’ home games in the dugout before leaving for the clubhouse to continue his rehab. According to Trout, he still attends the hitter meetings but there isn’t much he can do to help his team right now.
Angels’ Betting Odds Without Trout
Odds to win the AL West:
Houston Astros -125
Oakland Athletics +120
Los Angeles Angels +1600
Seattle Mariners +3300
Texas Rangers +10000
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) May 26, 2021
The Angels are currently 4th in their division with a 28-32 record and are 6.5 games behind the division leaders Oakland A’s. Los Angeles has dropped to third at +1600 via online sportsbook BetOnline.ag to win the AL West.
They only have the 9th best odds to win the American League at +2800 and are a longshot +6000 to win the World Series. Those odds aren’t going to get any better unless Trout returns.
Los Angeles is 9-10 in the 19 games that Trout has missed. Juan Lagares and Taylor Ward have combined to start in the game that Trout has missed and the two have combined to bat 13-70 with only seven RBIs and no home runs during that period.
In contrast, Trout was the MLB league leader in OBP (.466) and OPS (1.090) at the time of his injury while having 8 home runs and 18 RBIs. Right before he got hurt, the 29-year old posted the best batting average of his 11-year MLB career in April at .429.