Angels GM reiterates no plans to shut down Trout for year

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FILE – In this July 31, 2021, file photo, Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout talks with a teammate before their baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif. Trout missed his 67th game Tuesday night, Aug. 3, since going on the injured list May 18 with a right calf strain. This is only the third time he has been on the injured list in his 11 big league seasons, and his longest stretch missing games. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels general manager Perry Minasian reiterated Wednesday that there aren’t any plans to shut down star outfielder Mike Trout for the rest of the season.

The three-time AL MVP has not played since May 17 after going on the injured list due to a right calf strain. The original prognosis was six to eight weeks, but Trout has been out of the lineup for 12 weeks since sustaining the injury.

Wednesday marked the 75th game that Trout missed, which is his longest stint of missed games in his 11-year career. Trout’s progress stalled after he felt some discomfort after a couple days of running the bases a couple weeks ago.

Scans showed that the calf is continuing to heal, albeit slower than anticipated.

“My policy with any player is we go day to day and communicate,” Minasian said before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays. “From our end, we will not rush him. We want him to feel good about how his calf feels and to play at his level when he does come back.”

The Angels went into Wednesday’s game at 57-57, marking the 22nd time this season that have a .500 record. They are 39-35 without the All-Star slugger.

Trout, who turned 30 Saturday, went on the injured list May 18 after he came up limping while running between second and third base during the first inning against Cleveland.

When he got hurt, Trout was leading the majors with a .466 on-base percentage. He was batting .333 with eight homers and 18 RBIs in 36 games.

“You want to you want to go into that those offseason months knowing that, ‘Hey, I played again, I felt good, everything’s fine.’ So that’s always part of it, too,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said.

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