Manager Joe Maddon admitted Wednesday that it's unlikely Trout (calf) is able to return from the injured list before the end of the season, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

Maddon first conceded in late August, publicly at least, the potential of Trout not returning this season, and it appears the outfielder's outlook hasn't improved much over the past couple weeks. The three-time AL MVP continues to travel and work out with the team in hopes of being activated, but with less than three weeks left to go in the campaign, there's little reason for the team to rush him back with a spot in the playoffs not within reach.

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