The Angels have suffered an injury that is probably a season-crushing blow. Two-time AL MVP Mike Trout has been placed on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a torn ligament in his left thumb. What's worse is that they have announced that Trout will have surgery to repair the UCL in his thumb and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.
TROUT UPDATE: Mike Trout will have surgery on Wednesday to repair UCL in his left thumb. Typical timetable for return is 6 to 8 weeks.— Angels (@Angels) May 30, 2017
This is the first-ever stint on the DL for Trout, who has played between 157-159 games in each of the previous four seasons.
Generally considered the best player in baseball (because he is), Trout was enjoying perhaps the best season of his career. He entered Monday leading the majors in home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS+ and intentional walks while leading the AL in OPS, walks and total bases. He's hitting .337/.461/.742 with 14 doubles, two triples, 16 homers, 36 RBI, 36 runs and 10 steals.
Without Trout, the Angels can play Cameron Maybin in center field with Ben Revere in left field. So, yeah, that's quite a steep fall. The Angels entered Monday with a 26-27 record and that was with 47 games played by the best player in the world. Without him, that offense looks pretty miserable. It already ranked ninth in the AL in runs and 14th in OPS.
The broader picture here is baseball losing it's best player for maybe two months, which would include Trout missing the All-Star Game. That's bad news for everyone.