Angels star Trout has torn thumb ligament, surgery possible

Taylor Byrd
May 31, 2017

According to Angels general manager Billy Eppler, surgery is still being considered.

Shortly after the news broke on Monday that Trout needs surgery to fix a torn UCL in his left thumb and will be out for a significant period, ex-Halo outfielder Vernon Wells posted this amusing tweet in reaction.

Even with a healthy Trout, the Angels have struggled to score runs. He's expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Once he arrived at the bag, he winced in pain and pulled up his left hand. The two-time AL MVP heads to the disabled list for the first time in his career, missing up to two full months if surgery is required. All things considered, however, this is probably a game to stay away from due to all the unknowns here. He was later removed from the contest and diagnosed with a thumb sprain.

X-rays after the game Sunday came back negative, but an MRI exam Monday morning showed a clear tear.

It's tough to understate an injury of this magnitude.

Generally considered the best player in baseball (because he is), Trout was enjoying perhaps the best season of his career. He is hitting.337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors. This past week, Davis struck out 12 times and collected two hits to give him a.222 season batting average with 76 strikeouts.

It's a huge blow to the Angels because it seems like you have Trout and then everyone else. (They beat the Giants 2-0 in San Francisco to open that series on Friday.) The Angels, meanwhile, have dropped four of their last five games overall, are 0-5 in Nolasco's last five starts, and are winless at 0-4 in his last four outings versus a team with a losing record. He entered Monday leading the majors in home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS+ and intentional walks while leading the AL in OPS, walks and total bases.

Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer and Russell Martin added a two-run shot for the Blue Jays, who have 43 home runs in May.

Despite that, there's some hope for the Angels.

Coming into this season, Trout was lauded for his durability.

With that said, here are three players most likely to make a run for the MVP award against Trout.

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