Angels Place Mike Trout on IL with rib inflammation

Angels Place Mike Trout on IL with rib inflammation

The angels have announced it Mike Trout has been placed on the 10-day injury list due to inflammation in the left chest. They also announced the previously reported allegation of infielder Phil Gosselinand that outfielder Monte Harrison has cleared waivers and gone straight to Triple-A Salt Lake.

At this point, there has been no indication from the team as to how long they expect Trout to be out of action. He has missed some time recently due to back spasms, although the club has avoided putting him on IL until now. Maybe they were waiting for the All-Star break, as the 10-day minimum absence would sting the least, although additional words will surely come from the angels in time.

Trout had been quite healthy in the early parts of his career, and played in at least 114 games in the eight seasons from 2012 to 2019 and came just under 134 in one of these. He followed it up by getting into 53 of the club’s 60 games in the shortened 2020 season. Last year, however, he came to only 36 competitions, as a calf problem that initially did not seem serious eventually ended and ended the season.

This year he has played in 79 of the club’s 92 matches so far, already more than a doubling from last year. He has shown no signs of slowing down overall production, hitting an excellent .270 / .368 / .599 for a 168 wRC +. He has already produced 3.8 wins over compensation, according to FanGraphs.

No matter how much time he misses, it’s another disappointing setback in a season full of them for the Angels. Despite a warm start to the year where the club had 24-14 in mid-May, they have played at a miserable pace of 15-39 since and are now 39-53 in total. The club is 10 1/2 games away from a playoff spot and appears to be selling more than adding by the deadline. When taken into account, it makes sense to give the trout some time off to recover, instead of pushing him and potentially exacerbating the problem.

As for Harrison, he was signed to a minor league deal in the offseason after being released by the Marlins. Despite once being a highly ranked prospect, problems with penetration have prevented him from living up to his athletic potential. Despite a 35% stretch rate in the minors this year, he was selected to the big league for some bench / pinch driving / defensive replacement tasks. He played nine games, but made only 14 record appearances, and struck out in eight of them, before becoming DFA. Having been directly fair in his career, he has the ability to reject the direct assignment and choose a free agency, although it is not yet clear which path he has taken.

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