Trout now hopes to return before All-Star break

The Los Angeles Angels might get star outfielder Mike Trout back from the disabled list sooner than anticipated.

Trout underwent surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament May 31 and was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, but the two-time American League MVP is hoping he can return before the All-Star break beginning July 10.

“Before the All-Star break, right at the All-Star break, depending on how it goes,” Trout said Tuesday, according to Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t want to push it. I want to make sure it’s right. I don’t want it to be lingering the rest of the season.”

Trout exited a game May 28 after suffering the thumb injury while sliding headfirst into second base. At the time, he was hitting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 14 doubles, and 10 stolen bases, while also leading MLB with 3.3 WAR.

Despite missing time with the injury, Trout currently sits second among AL outfielders in All-Star voting behind Aaron Judge.

The Angels have gone 8-6 since Trout’s injury and sit in second place in the AL West.

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