Life with­out Trout

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Pe­dro Moura pe­dro.moura@la­ Twit­ter: @pe­dro­moura

With su­per­star side­lined six to eight weeks, An­gels are count­ing on team ef­fort to ease im­pact.

Mike Trout un­der­went surgery Wed­nes­day to re­pair tears in the ul­nar col­lat­eral lig­a­ment and dor­sal cap­sule of his left thumb. The An­gels said the op­er­a­tion, per­formed by Dr. Steven Shin at the Ker­lan-Jobe Ortho­pe­dic Clinic, was suc­cess­ful. They stuck to an es­ti­mated time­line of six to eight weeks for Trout to re­turn to ac­tion.

The An­gels did not make Shin avail­able for an in­ter­view, but gen­eral man­ager Billy Ep­pler con­firmed the doc­tor per­formed an in­no­va­tive treat­ment on Trout, in­volv­ing in­ter­nal brace lig­a­ment aug­men­ta­tion within the thumb. The pro­ce­dure has been known to ac­cel­er­ate re­cov­er­ies.

“It’s a de­vel­op­ment that’s very new,” man­ager Mike Scios­cia said. “It’s a de­vel­op­ment that helped An­drel­ton Simmons come back in five weeks. I’m not ex­actly sure what it looks like or what it does, but I know that it’s in there and it’ll hope­fully give him a stronger re­pair and some­thing that’ll hold up a lit­tle longer.”

When the An­gels an­nounced the in­jury, they did not an­nounce a dor­sal cap­sule tear, but Scios­cia said that was planned as part of the surgery from the out­set. The cap­sule is of­ten linked to the UCL in tears.

“From get­ting the postop re­port, there weren’t re­ally any sur­prises,” Scios­cia said.

Trout tore his thumb slid­ing head­first into sec­ond base Sun­day in Mi­ami. Ini­tial X-rays were neg­a­tive for a break, but the tear was un­cov­ered upon fur­ther test­ing Mon­day.

The 25-year-old cen­ter fielder was soar­ing through the best sea­son of his ca­reer, lead­ing the Amer­i­can League with a .461 on-base per­cent­age and .742 slug­ging per­cent­age. He home­red 16 times in 47 games.

“We’re gonna count the days,” Scios­cia said of Trout’s re­cov­ery. “We’re ex­cited that ev­ery­thing went well, and we’ll hope­fully get good news as he starts to work through his re­hab, when he can pick up a bat and all of that.”

Ros­ter moves

The An­gels made a se­ries of ros­ter moves to add an­other out­fielder while Cameron May­bin’s sta­tus re­mains un­clear. May­bin re­ported feel­ing pain in his side Tues­day and was due to test his ca­pac­ity to swing Wed­nes­day even­ing. While Scios­cia said he was im­prov­ing, May­bin did not start for the sec­ond game in a row.

To play the out­field in his ab­sence, the An­gels re­called Shane Robin­son from triple-A Salt Lake. Robin­son spent much of last sea­son with the ma­jor league club. He hit .173 in 111 plate ap­pear­ances. The 32-year-old had pre­vi­ously demon­strated rel­a­tive prowess hit­ting against left-handed pitch­ers. He started Wed­nes­day against At­lanta left-han­der Jaime Gar­cia.

Right-han­der Parker Brid­well was op­tioned back to Salt Lake af­ter join­ing the team Tues­day to make a spot start. Right-han­der Daniel Wright was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment to cre­ate space for Robin­son on the 40-man ros­ter.

Short hops

Left-han­der Tyler Sk­aggs said he is tar­get­ing a June 29 re­turn against the Dodgers, which hap­pens to be the day he is el­i­gi­ble to be ac­ti­vated from the 60-day dis­abled list. He suf­fered an oblique strain at April’s end and has been throw­ing from 90 feet. … Right-han­der Cam Be­drosian (groin strain) will make two re­hab as­sign­ment ap­pear­ances for Class-A In­land Em­pire over the week­end and could be ac­ti­vated next week. … Trout leads the AL in Al­lS­tar vot­ing. Al­bert Pu­jols was fifth among AL des­ig­nated hit­ters in the up­dated list MLB re­leased Wed­nes­day.

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