Updated: May 19
After a bad stretch that saw the three-time American League MVP hit .175 (7-40), the news goes from bad to worse as Mike Trout has been diagnosed with a calf injury that will likely keep him out through the All-Star break. Trout pulled up lame getting out of the batters box in the Los Angeles Angels game with Cleveland last night, it is possible that he had been dealing with the injury the past several games as his hitting struggled. Recent notable injuries by Trout in recent years include a torn thumb ligament (2017) and right foot surgery (2019). Even though Shohei Ohtani leads the league in home runs and hailed by the press as the marvel the baseball world envisioned, last-place Anaheim remains a disaster. Manager Joe Maddon no longer has the secret sauce and the organization was classless in its release of future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols. How long will the status quo of perennial sub .500 seasons go on before Trout and Ohtani ask for a change of address?