Mike Trout decided having surgery was better option than being only a DH the rest of the season-ZoomTech News

Mike Trout determined that having surgical procedure to restore a torn meniscus in his left knee was a greater various than suspending the process and being a chosen hitter the remainder of the season.

“It was an choice they put on the market. It might have been simply sustaining the ache stage of it,” the Los Angeles Angels slugger stated earlier than Thursday’s recreation towards the Kansas Metropolis Royals. “The day I bought the MRI and it confirmed that I used to be in quite a lot of ache. It might have been a tricky highway for the remainder of the yr to bear that.”

Trout has additionally struggled at any time when he has been a chosen hitter. In 1,518 profession video games, he has been the DH solely 81 occasions and has a .214 batting common.

Trout — who’s sidelined with a serious harm for the fourth straight season — nonetheless does not know when the most recent one occurred. The knee soreness worsened throughout an April 29 recreation towards the Philadelphia Phillies, and an MRI examination the subsequent day revealed the tear. He underwent surgical procedure final Friday, when the Angels started a six-game highway journey.

“It wasn’t one explicit play that did it. I felt a little bit ache and awoke the subsequent day and could not stroll,” he stated.

Baseball gamers who’ve had an identical harm and operation have a median restoration time of 4 to eight weeks, however Trout hasn’t had one set, as of but. He stated the one issues he has been capable of do put up surgical procedure is stretching and making an attempt to strengthen the quadricep muscle and the world round it.

The three-time AL MVP led the majors with 10 dwelling runs on the time of the harm. He additionally was batting .220 with 14 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.

“It is robust as a result of I felt actual good (to start the season), however issues simply occur. I am doing every thing I can to get again on the sphere,” Trout stated. “I wish to go as quick as I can, however I do not wish to push it.”

The Angels went into Thursday’s recreation with a 14-23 document after splitting their six-game highway journey.

Supervisor Ron Washington was glad to see Trout nonetheless in an upbeat temper, however was extra happy to see him within the hitter’s assembly earlier than the Angels took batting apply.

“Nobody is asking Mike to be in these conferences. Mike is on the ballpark as a result of Mike needs to be round his teammates,” Washington stated. “Any tidbits that he can provide to them whereas he is right here, we welcome.”

Reporting by The Related Press.

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