Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout spoke to the media before Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Guardians and said he’s making progress after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on May 3, per Rhett Bollinger.

“I haven’t even talked about it,” the Angels outfielder said. “I think getting me on the Ultra G is the first step. Once that happens, I think it could ramp up. They have a plan for me, but we’re not there yet. Just take it one day at a time and whenever it feels right, I’ll be out there.”

While Trout is working on his rehab and following the plan, there is still no timetable for his return to the Angels.

There was the option for Mike Trout to delay the surgery and continue to play, but he wouldn't have been at 100% and he would've been in a designated hitter role. He didn't want that. Trout wants to be able to give it his all.

“It was an option they put out there,” Trout said about possibly postponing his surgery. “It would have been just maintaining the pain level of it. The day I got the MRI and it showed [a tear], I was in a lot of pain, so it would have been a tough road for the rest of the year to bear that. I felt the best option for me was to get it right and be fully healthy to come back soon.”

This is the fourth season in a row that Trout has been out with a serious injury. He is one of the best players in baseball, but injuries have not been kind to him. He was feeling good to start the year for the Angels, so this is especially disappointing.

Mike Trout's injury history with Angels is extensive

 Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) watches game action against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Angel Stadium.
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From 2012 to 2020, whenever the question of who the best player in the MLB comes up, the easy answer was to point to the man who wore the number 27 for the Angels. Mike Trout is the immediate name that comes to mind when designing the best archetype of a ballplayer. Trout – at his peak – hit for power, contact, and got on base often. He had ample speed on the basepaths as well, and to top it all off, he played center field, the most athletically demanding position on the field.

In 2021, a calf injury limited him to just 36 games. In 2022, Trout dealt with a ton of injury problems to various body parts (groin, back, foot), forcing him to miss 43 games. And then last season, the Angels star played just 82 games after suffering a broken hand. His misfortune continues this year, and at this point, Trout may no longer get the chance to break records with his body not allowing him to.

Hopefully, Trout can return fully healthy to the Angels soon and go back to what he's best at – wowing baseball fans with his unique combination of skill.