Trout has been staying in shape during the MLB hiatus in part by getting work in at a Little League field near his home in New Jersey, Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports reports. Trout indicated that he has been working out every day, though he hasn't done much hitting. He also explained that he spent about a month "working hard like the offseason" and is now "transitioning into getting ready for the season." If a 2020 campaign takes place, expect Trout to once again put up MVP-caliber numbers while hitting in the heart of an improved Angels offense.
Trout went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Friday's Cactus League game against Kansas City. Trout smoked the long ball to deep left field in the third inning off right-hander Jorge Lopez. It figures to be the first of many balls Trout will punish in 2020 as he vies for another MVP award. Trout is 5-for-15 this spring.
Trout was hit by a pitch twice in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Mariners. Given Trout's status as arguably the best player in the game, taking two pitches to the body -- including one to the knee -- is understandably cause for concern. However, per Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, Trout insisted after the game that he is "fine." The superstar flied out in his other plate appearance and is hitting .333 this spring.
Trout (foot) will bat second and play center field Tuesday against the Reds. Trout underwent foot surgery in mid-September and didn't play in the Angels' first two spring games. He should still have plenty of time to get ready for the start of the regular season with Opening Day just over a month away. The three-time MVP's health is pretty much the only question surrounding him heading into the season, as he hasn't played more than 140 games in a season since 2016.
Trout (foot) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Reds, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. The three-time and reigning American League MVP underwent surgery on his right foot in September, but it won't impact his preparation in Arizona, as expected. Trout finished 2019 with a 1.083 OPS, 45 home runs, 104 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 134 games. New manager Joe Maddon said last week it's possible he utilizes his center fielder out of the leadoff spot, though the skipper hasn't made any lineup decisions at this point.