It was a year ago when mike trout he took a lead from second base, took off to third and quickly stopped. Something was wrong. He limped and winced as he reached for the bag.
What appeared to be a calf strain that would sideline him for a few weeks turned out to be a season-ending calf tear. He missed the next 122 Angels games, more than he missed in his previous eight seasons combined.
Trout appeared in just 36 games as the Angels finished fourth in the American League West. Now, a year later, Trout is feeling great and on his way to another MVP-caliber season. Through the first 34 games, he is hitting .325 with 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 21 RBI and 31 runs.
“I feel 100 percent,” Trout told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. “My body feels the best it has in a long time. It was kind of weird. I think there’s a lot I can learn from that, rehab and how to take care of your body and things I didn’t pay for.” attention until I hurt myself. This game takes its toll, and you want to be on the field every day. When minor things come up, you have to listen to your body and take care of it.”
Mike Trout talks about his road to recovery, the future of the Angels
Ken Rosenthal sits down with Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout to talk about his road to recovery and his future with the Los Angeles Angels.
Trout, 30, is in the midst of his 12th MLB season. Most of his career was spent with veterans like Albert Pujols in the clubhouse. But now, without Pujols, Trout has become the guy others look up to both on and off the field.
“When I got here, I just went out there and played my game. I let my game speak for itself,” Trout said. “I think I’ve gotten to a point where I can talk a little bit and I think there’s a time and a place where something needs to be fixed, and I can take care of that. step forward for this team to win.
Winning is exactly what the Angels are doing. Heading into Wednesday’s game, the Angels are nine games over .500 (24-15) and one game behind the Houston Astros for first place in the division.
The club hasn’t made the postseason since 2014 and roster improvements were made in the offseason that addressed several holes. The bullpen was reinforced with Raisel Iglesias and Aaron Loup. The starting rotation added Noah Syndergaard and Michael Lorenzen.
Additionally, the emergence of Taylor Ward as a steady starter has put Trout, as well as sluggers Shohei Ohtani and a healthy Anthony Rendon, in the middle of the lineup.
“I think the guys that we brought here are a great group of guys,” Trout said of the 2022 roster. “Obviously we’ve got to stay healthy, that’s the most important thing. Having that lineup together, new pieces in the bullpen and guys at the front of the rotation is huge for us.
If the Angels continue to play well, a long-awaited return to the playoffs could be just a few months away.
“I think everyone in this organization, from the fan base up … I think everyone is looking forward to it, and we have to get there,” Trout said.
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