Trout to undergo surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout will undergo surgery to repair a torn UCL ligament in his left thumb on Wednesday, the team announced. He is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks of action.

This is the first time in Trout’s seven-year career that he’s landed on the disabled list. Losing him is obviously a major blow to the Angels, who are currently hovering around .500, and far behind the division-leading Houston Astros already.

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Trout said earlier that he was dealing with thumb soreness, and was holding out hope that it wouldn’t be too debilitating. Unfortunately for him and the team, he’s not going to be in the lineup for some time.

He seemed to be well on his way toward his third AL MVP award with his .337/.461/.742 slash line, 16 home runs, 36 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases. It was on that 10th fateful stolen base, however, that he injured his thumb.

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