Los Angeles Angels midfielder Mike Trout was added to the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with a strain on his right calf and is expected to be out for six to eight weeks, the team said.
Trout appeared to weigh his calf against the Cleveland Indians Monday night while jogging onto third base in an inning-ended popup in the first. He felt noticeably uncomfortable when he went to the dugout and was immediately removed from the game.
Angels manager Joe Maddon said after his team’s 7-4 victory that Trout would be subject to further evaluation, including an MRI.
“I didn’t see anything. I looked up and he hobbled over to the third base bag,” Maddon said on Monday night. “It was kind of harmless, and I had no idea why. It hurt him pretty badly.”
The 29-year-old Trout hit 0.333 in his first 36 games with eight home runs and 18 RBIs and led the majors over replacements in OPS and FanGraphs wins. He’s only wagered .129 in the last 11 games, but the season started with the best 30-game start of his career.
The Angels are responsible for the second lowest run differential in baseball, despite MVP caliber contributions from Trout and two-way player Shohei Ohtani. Los Angeles was already flat with its depth of field after Dexter Fowler’s knee injury at the end of the season.
Trout’s prolonged absence could speed up the time span for top prospects Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh.