On Wednesday, Angels trainer Mike Forstad revealed it to be a rare spinal condition, saying it's something Trout "has to manage not just through the rest of the season.”
“I got back and my phone was blowing up: ‘My career is over,’” Trout said, smiling at the absurdity of the overreactions he'd been seeing online. “It's just rare for a baseball player. I just have to stay on top of it.”
Trout has been examined by Dr. Robert Watkins III, a top back specialist and the co-director of the Marina Spine Clinic in Los Angeles, and received a cortisone injection last week that has already begun to produce results.
He has a follow-up visit next week and “we'll go from there," he said, though he has every intention of being back this year.
“Of course," he said. “That's my goal.”
The Angels have had no discussions about shutting him down.
“I don't think we're at a point where we're going to make that decision,” Frostad said. “He’s going to have a follow-up here once we get back and we’ll just kind of see what the doctor thinks at that point.”
Trout, the second-highest paid player in the game at $37.1 million, had been enjoying a nice bounce-back season after a calf injury limited him to just 36 games last season. He was hitting .270 with 24 homers and 51 RBIs through 79 games, a rare bright spot in what has been a dismal season for the Angels.
“He’s been a great teammate,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “He’s been the dugout, helping out his teammate — he’s obviously a good sounding board for a lot of young players. For them to have him here and know that he’s supporting them is huge, I’m sure, for some younger guys.”
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