Los Angeles Times
Outlook on Trout dims
Star outfielder hasn’t been ruled out, but Maddon says return would be a surprise.
Star’s return would be a surprise, Joe Maddon says before Angels’ 3-2 win over White Sox.
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The Angels haven’t officially ruled out Mike Trout for the rest of the season, but manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that he “would be very surprised” if the center fielder is able to return before the end of the year.
Trout has been out since mid-May because of a right calf strain. Although he was originally expected to return after six to eight weeks, the rehabilitation process has dragged on far longer because of lingering soreness in the leg.
“I’m not anticipating anything to change in regards to him playing,” Maddon told reporters during a video call before the Angels’ 3-2 win against the Chicago White Sox.
Before being able to rejoin the Angels, Trout would need to go on a minor league rehab assignment.
And at this point, even if he were to get healthy in time to play again, it likely would give him the chance of appearing in only a handful of games at the end of the team’s schedule.
“There’s still that process of having to get him at-bats, and we got two weeks, 17 games [after Wednesday] left,” Maddon said. “So it’d be very difficult.”
Maddon said a final official decision still has to be made between Trout and the team.
“But I’m just trying to be honest with you,” Maddon said. “And I would not anticipate [him returning].”
Adell on injured list
Angels outfielder Jo Adell could also miss the remainder of the season, Maddon said, after he was placed on the injured list Wednesday because of a left abdominal strain.
Adell, 22, was injured Saturday after running into an outfield fence while trying to make a catch. He hadn’t played since.
Maddon was asked whether Adell, who batted .246 in 35 games this year, could return before the end of the season.
“It would be hard to imagine that,” Maddon said. “I would anticipate that he wouldn’t, but we’ll see.”
Luis Rengifo was in the Angels lineup Wednesday, a day after reports from Venezuela said an arrest warrant had been issued for the infielder in that country for alleged falsification of divorce documents.
Maddon said Rengifo would continue to be in the Angels lineup moving forward “until I’m told otherwise.”