ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.
The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.
At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.
“It was news no player wants to hear,” Eppler said. “He’s been put in a tough spot and it’s something he’s still digesting.”
The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.
Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night’s game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.
Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he’s been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.
A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.
“It’s really hard to quantify (his loss),” Eppler said. “We’re going to feel that impact and it’s going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he’s in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb.”