Trout’s season officially ends due to injury
MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Trout’s 2023 season is officially over.
Trout, who has played in just one game since sustaining a left hamate fracture on a swing against the Padres on July 3, was transferred to the 60-day injured list on Sunday. Trout, a three-time AL MVP and 11-time All-Star, played against the Reds on Aug. 22 but suffered a setback in that game. He tried to ramp it up in an attempt to return but ran out of time.
“He had some setbacks and was still feeling some issues in there,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said. “I think the biggest thing is he’s starting to swing and he’s feeling a lot better and more comfortable so he can go into the offseason knowing he’s fine for next year.”
It ends another frustrating season for Trout, who was limited to 82 games and hasn’t played in at least 140 games since 2018. He batted .263/.367/.490 with 18 homers, 14 doubles, a triple, two stolen bases and 44 RBIs. It’s the third straight season he’s been plagued by injuries, as he played in 36 games in 2021 because of a calf strain suffered in mid-May and 119 games in ’22 because of a back strain in July that kept him out for a little more than a month.