Angels superstar Mike Trout to undergo surgery on his right foot
Los Angeles Angels superstar centerfielder Mike Trout will undergo surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot, according to the Angels:
Medical update on Mike Trout. pic.twitter.com/QM5WHxjz45
— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) September 15, 2019
The timetable for recovery is still unknown, but the surgery will almost certainly keep Trout out for the remainder of the regular season, especially since the Angels are not in the playoff picture.
Trout was having arguably the finest season of his career prior to the injury. He leads all position players in fWAR (8.6) and has clubbed a career-high 45 home runs, which led the American League before play began on Sunday. Trout also led the majors in OBP (.438), OPS+ (184) and wRC+ (179).
In spite of a tremendous second half from Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, Trout is the presumptive favorite to win his third American League MVP.
The 28-year-old was a player of major interest this past winter. Trout was slated to hit free agency after the 2021 season, and many reporters wondered whether or not the Angels would consider trading their superstar to replenish their farm system in an effort to build for the future.
However, the Angels signed Trout to a record-breaking contract for 12 years and over $430 million, making Trout the highest-paid player in the history of the game.
In spite of Trout’s brilliance, the Angels have made the playoffs just once in his eight full seasons with the club. Los Angeles figures to make a run at Gerrit Cole this winter, but they are also handicapped by albatross contracts such as those given to Albert Pujols and Justin Upton.
Although the Angels have been out of the playoff picture for some time, it is a shame that Trout will not be able to finish out what has been yet another tremendous campaign.