Mike Trout Fights for a Pain-Free Comeback

Los Angeles Angels' star player, Mike Trout, provided an update on Monday regarding his recovery from a fractured left hamate bone—a setback that's sidelined him since July 3.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Mike Trout Fights for a Pain-Free Comeback

Los Angeles Angels' star player, Mike Trout, provided an update on Monday regarding his recovery from a fractured left hamate bone—a setback that's sidelined him since July 3. Fans of the prodigious outfielder will be buoyed to learn that Trout believes he's on the mend, but when he'll be back in action remains uncertain.

"It's Just a Pain Tolerance Thing"

In a recent interaction before the Angels' sobering 12-0 defeat at the hands of the Texas Rangers, Trout shed light on his current condition. "I know that it's just a pain tolerance thing," he remarked. "Once it gets to a point where it's bearable, I'll be out there." While this is encouraging news for those eager to see Trout back on the field, it underscores the subjective nature of his return date, which hinges largely on his personal discomfort levels.

The outfielder's commitment is evident, but a pain-free comeback remains paramount.

Preparing for the Plate Again

The next major milestone in Trout's recovery, according to Angels manager Phil Nevin, will be facing live pitching—a significant hurdle which could materialize in the coming days.

"For the most part it's Mike's pain tolerance and where he thinks he's at," Nevin shared. "If he can face a pitcher and let it go, which he's getting real close, if he's facing velocity off the machine, he's doing everything in the cage." Interestingly, while the injury is a concern when Trout is at bat, his defensive duties in the outfield seem less of an issue.

Trout himself mentioned that the defense is largely unaffected. "Defense right now, every day has been good," he elaborated. "There are certain movements I do in the outfield where, backhand, where I hit it funny, it acts up a little bit.

But nothing's holding me back on defense. It's just the swinging part." As the Angels gear up for the latter half of the season, the hope is that their star outfielder makes a swift and complete recovery. But in the world of sports, as with life, sometimes patience, as much as skill, is required.

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