Mike Trout proves the injury back-back is still one of the best players in MLB

by Pedro Mora
FOX Sports MLB Writer

Eight weeks ago, Mike Frostad AngelsChief Athletic Coach met with winning reporters before a game in Kansas City to provide an update on the team’s superstar player.

two weeks ago, Mike Trout He was put on the injury list due to back spasms, an injury the team said should not keep him out for long. A week later, he received a cortisone injection in the affected area. Additional tests later revealed that the condition was much more severe than the back spasms. It was a spinal dysfunction in the T5 vertebra.

When Frostad mentioned it that day in Missouri, he also made a stark assessment of the possibility of the injury continuing. The club said It was You have some concern that the trout will come out in the long run.

“We have to look at this as something – he has to manage it. Not only for the rest of the season but probably also for the rest of his career,” Frostad told reporters.

That remark sparked a tornado of anxiety in the trout by fans, friends, family and peers. Frostad didn’t exactly say that trout would dwindle whenever he came back from this uncommon infestation, but people surely inferred that.

By the time the day’s game was over, Trout was so overwhelmed with reactions and good wishes that he felt compelled to deal with the matter with reporters. Notably, he did not deny the diagnosis. But he said his back is improving every day, and he is certain he will play again in 2022 and overcome injury in the coming years.

It took another three weeks for Trout to get back on the field, but he appears to be managing the situation well since his comeback. Its operations in this span exceed 1.000. Earlier this month, he Challenge the sport’s record for consecutive matches with a home run. There are no signs that his reign as a dominant hitter is coming to an end.

so what happened? Perhaps it is a rare reversal. While teams underestimate injuries all the time, it is unusual to see a team overplay it, especially in the case of the superstar. But it is also rare for medical staff to treat injuries directly with reporters. In fact, many organizations expressly prohibit medical personnel from speaking to reporters.

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An important element of a manager’s job these days is to publicize (i.e. downplay) the injuries to his players since the last time he addressed the media. In these cases, it is common for a manager to turn to the closest media relations officer when he asks a particularly specific question the answer to which he does not know. Medical personnel can easily provide more privacy, but they also have much less media training.

But few directors, in recent seasons, have urged these specialists to speak up regularly on medical matters. With the Angels, the practice began under Joe Madon, who had already been fired by the time Frostad talked about trout.

The problem was compounded by the fact that injuries had suddenly begun to affect the trajectory of Trout’s career after he had seemed immune for years. Until Trott tore his thumb in the first slice of the head in May 2017, he said the most important injury of his life was a hamstring injury that cost him six games. He played 157 or more games in four consecutive seasons.

140 people have not recovered in any year since, and more than 100 were missed due to injuries last year. Add the 2020 season shortened to the pandemic, and the disruption of Trout Road to one of the most productive careers in sports history.

Will this disruption be forever, or can it correct course? When Frostad spoke in Kansas City, the answer seemed to be the first. But Trout has since demonstrated the same skills he had long ago. He tacitly assured that he could get back on the right track. The issue is health, which requires good luck but also diligent maintenance.

Read one way, Frostad’s comments could have been aimed at making just that out of the 31-year-old star. If that was his intention, then Trout received the message.

“I think that’s what [Frostad] In the beginning: keep the routine so it doesn’t come back, “Once you let it settle and let the inflammation go out there and build muscle around it, I think it should be fine.”

At this point, there is no reason to suspect trout. Angels, recently eliminated from the postseason feud again, is another question entirely. But Trout has clearly shown that he can be great again in 2023 and beyond. Angels are approaching off-season as they will have to think about trading Shuhei OhtaniAt least they know that.

Pedro Moura is the National Baseball Writer for FOX Sports. He has previously covered Dodgers for The Athletic, The Angels and Dodgers for the Orange County Register and LA Times, and his university, USC, for ESPN Los Angeles. He is the author of “How to Beat a Broken Game”. Follow him on Twitter @trimmed.


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