Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout revealed that he is still aiming to soon return to action this season amid his injury rehab process from a right calf strain.
Trout suffered this injury during a May 17 home game against the Cleveland Indians. The Angels superstar was initially given a six-to-eight week timeline for when he may fully recover from the injury. But to date, Trout is still not yet ready to feature with the team.
Speaking on Saturday ahead of the Angels’ road game against the Indians, Trout provided a notable detail on his injury and revealed that even as the season is nearing a close, he still wants to be back on the field as soon as possible.
“I tore it pretty bad and now it’s healed,” Trout said. “It’s just about breaking up that scar tissue. It’s frustrating because I feel really good during my workouts and then just after it just aches on me. It’s a way longer process than I thought it would be. I’m going crazy. There’s only so much you can do to get it better, and I’m looking for every single way to get out there and whatever I need to do to get this thing back right.”
Amid the wait for just when he may receive the green light to return to action, the three-time American League MVP Award winner admitted that the road to recovery from his injury has been a tiring one, to say the least.
“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve been through in my career,” Trout said. “I’ve been through some injuries, but this thing is tough. I never realized how much I use my calf.
“I’m feeling better. I’ve been doing a lot lately, seems like every other day, every two days, doing a bunch of baseball activities. The biggest thing is recovering. I do a lot of work during the day and try to recover quicker the next day because the next day I’m pretty sore.”
As Trout mentioned, he has been taking part in minor pre-game baseball activities as of late over the Angels’ ongoing road trip.
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Before Trout was sidelined with this calf injury, he was deemed among the early favorites for this season’s AL MVP Award. He slashed a line of .333/.466/.624 to go along with eight home runs and a bWAR of 1.9 over 36 games played.
The Angels currently hold a 62-62 record and sit at 9.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics, who hold the second wild-card spot in the American League.