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Last Updated: May 24, 2021

Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout Sidelined with Grade 2 Right Calf Strain

Introduction

On Monday, May 17th, 2021 the Los Angeles Angels’ three – time American League MVP veteran outfielder, Mike Trout, was forced to exit the ball game against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning due to a strained right calf. Following Trout limping off the field after the final out of the inning, Mike and the Los Angeles Angels initially feared that this injury could have been a ruptured right Achilles tendon, but after the Los Angeles Angels’ medical staff ran diagnostic tests and they confirmed that Trout’s injury that he suffered was diagnosed as a grade 2 right calf strain.

Luckily for Mike and the Los Angeles Angels the grade 2 strained right calf will keep him out of game action for 6 to 8 weeks as opposed to if he tore his Achilles tendon which would have sidelined him for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Baseball season. Obviously, this news is crippling to the Los Angeles Angels as Trout is arguably the best baseball player in the game right now, and his absence from the line – up will most definitely hurt their ball club over the course of the upcoming two months.

Trout commenced the 2021 Major League Baseball season with the finest 30 – game start of his amazing, unbelievable, as well as illustrious MLB career. Although Mike had started to slow down recently, he was still carrying an outstanding .333 batting average with 8 home runs, and 18 runs batted in throughout his first 36 baseball games of the 2021 MLB season.

Trout’s 1.090 on base plus slugging percentage along with his 2.5 Fan Graphs wins above replacement was still leading the major leagues this year. Hopefully the Los Angeles Angels can stay afloat in the American League West division of Major League Baseball with Mike out of action as he recovers from this minor setback.

Possible Replacements for Mike Trout

The Los Angeles Angels' best 2 young prospects are Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh who are both outfielders, and they are with the Los Angeles Angels’ Triple – A affiliate in the Angels’ farm minor league farm system. The 22 – year – old Adell had struggled heavily in the major leagues last year. While the 23 – year – old Marsh was amongst the many individuals that were struggling due to the absence of a minor league season last year because of the COVID – 19 coronavirus pandemic.

The manager of the Los Angeles Angels right now is Joe Maddon, and he has publicly announced that the Angels will not be calling up either Adell or Marsh right now as they are currently not ready for Major League Baseball action at the moment, but they may possibly see time later on during this 162 – game MLB season.

The former catcher, Taylor Ward, had previously recorded only 1 pro inning of baseball at the center field position, will most likely be the player to replace Trout for the time being. Juan Lagares just so happened to win a Gold Glove as the center fielder of the New York Mets' back in 2014 should also expect to see some playing time in center field for the Los Angeles Angels while Mike recovers from his injury.

Media Statements

"I thought I got hit by a line drive. I've never felt anything like this before. I felt a pop. I'm really crushed about it. Obviously, I wanna be out there with the guys. We're in a plane or a bus for nine hours, and then we gotta get up and play a game the next day. It's a crazy schedule. I don't know if that had something to do with it, but it's a long season and it's a grind," Mike Trout relayed to the media following the Los Angeles Angels’ 7 to 4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday, May 17th, 2021.

Mike Trout’s Baseball Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • · 8 Time MLB All – Star (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • · 3 Time American League MVP (2014, 2016, 2019)
  • · 2 Time All – MLB First Team (2019, 2020)
  • · American League Rookie of the Year (2012)
  • · 8 Time Silver Slugger Award (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • · 2 Time American League Hank Aaron Award (2014, 2019)
  • · Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award (2012)
  • · 2 Time MLB All – Star Game MVP (2014, 2015)
  • · American League RBI Leader (2014)
  • · American League Stolen Base Leader (2012)
  • · MLB 30 – 30 Club (2012)
  • · Hit for the Cycle (May 21, 2013)

Current MLB Standings (as of Thursday, May 20th, 2021)

American League East

Boston Red Sox 26 – 18 0 Games Behind

Tampa Bay Rays 26 – 19 0.5 Games Behind

New York Yankees 25 – 19 1 Games Behind

Toronto Blue Jays 23 – 18 1.5 Games Behind

Baltimore Orioles 17 – 26 8.5 Games Behind

American League Central

Chicago White Sox 26 – 16 0 Games Behind

Cleveland Indians 23 – 18 2.5 Games Behind

Kansas City Royals 20 – 22 6 Games Behind

Detroit Tigers 17 – 26 9.5 Games Behind

Minnesota Twins 14 – 28 12 Games Behind

American League West

Houston Astros 26 – 18 0 Games Behind

Oakland Athletics 26 – 19 0.5 Games Behind

Seattle Mariners 21 – 23 5 Games Behind

Los Angeles Angels 19 – 24 6.5 Games Behind

Texas Rangers 19 – 27 8 Games Behind

National League East

New York Mets 20 – 17 0 Games Behind

Philadelphia Phillies 22 – 21 1 Games Behind

Atlanta Braves 20 – 23 3 Games Behind

Miami Marlins 19 – 23 3.5 Games Behind

Washington Nationals 17 – 23 4.5 Games Behind

National League Central

St. Louis Cardinals 25 – 18 0 Games Behind

Chicago Cubs 22 – 21 3 Games Behind

Milwaukee Brewers 21 – 22 4 Games Behind

Cincinnati Reds 19 – 23 5.5 Games Behind

Pittsburgh Pirates 17 – 25 7.5 Games Behind

National League West

San Francisco Giants 28 – 16 0 Games Behind

San Diego Padres 27 – 17 1 Games Behind

Los Angeles Dodgers 25 – 18 2.5 Games Behind

Arizona Diamondbacks 18 – 26 10 Games Behind

Colorado Rockies 15 – 29 13 Games Behind

Odds to Win the MLB 2021 World Series

According to Intertops sportsbook below are the odds to win the MLB 2021 World Series as of Thursday, May 20th, 2021. Currently the Los Angeles Angels have the 12th lowest odds to win it all for this exciting 162 game regular season of Major League Baseball in addition to the 2021 MLB playoffs.

Team                                                   Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers                         +333
New York Yankees                            +650
Chicago White Sox                             +700
San Diego Padres                               +750
New York Mets                                  +850
Toronto Blue Jays                               +1400
Houston Astros                                   +1400
Oakland Athletics                               +1600
Tampa Bay Rays                                +1600
Boston Red Sox                                  +1800
Atlanta Braves                                    +2200
St Louis Cardinals                              +2200
Philadelphia Phillies                           +2800
Milwaukee Brewers                            +2800
San Francisco Giants                          +3000
Cincinnati Reds                                  +3300
Cleveland Indians                               +3300
Chicago Cubs                                     +4000
Los Angeles Angels                           +5000

 

Sources:

“Los Angeles Angels lose star Mike Trout to a strained right calf after first inning of series opener”, espn.com, May 17, 2021.

"Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout likely out 6-8 weeks with Grade 2 calf strain”, Alden Gonzalez, espn.com, May 18, 2021.

“Mike Trout”, baseball-reference.com, May 20, 2021.

“MLB Standings 2021”, espn.com, May 20, 2021.

“United States, MLB Futures, MLB 2021 World Series: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, May 20, 2021.


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