Ailing back sidelines Trout from All-Star Game

July 18th, 2022

LOS ANGELES -- Angels superstar Mike Trout will miss the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, as he was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday with a left rib cage irritation. Mariners first baseman Ty France is replacing Trout on the American League roster, and Minnesota’s Byron Buxton will take over for Trout as a starter in the outfield, Major League Baseball announced on Sunday.

Trout left last Tuesday’s game in the fifth inning with upper back spasms and was held out of the lineup from Wednesday to Friday. He was in the lineup on Saturday, only to get scratched just minutes before the start of the game. He said after the game that he hadn’t yet decided if he’d be able to play in the Midsummer Classic. He was confident earlier in the week that he’d play in the All-Star Game, but his back issue flared up again on Saturday while hitting in the cages shortly before the start of the game. He’s now eligible to be activated from the IL on Saturday in Atlanta. 

"It's tough, but I have to do what's right for the second half for the Angels,” Trout said at the All-Star Game availability on Monday. “The smartest thing is to let my back rest and we'll go from there. Hopefully we have a strong finish to the second half. There's a lot of baseball left. Anything can happen." 

Trout, a 10-time All-Star, was elected as a starter in the outfield by the fans for the ninth time this season. But he’ll miss the Midsummer Classic for the third time in his career, as he also didn’t play in the 2017 edition because of a sprained left thumb and didn’t play in last year’s game because of a season-ending strained right calf suffered in mid-May.

But Trout said it was important to show up for the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game to be there for the fans. He also said he wanted his son Beckham, who turns two on July 30, to be able to partake in the festivities. Trout also announced on Monday that he plans to participate in the World Baseball Classic next year and will be the captain of Team USA. 

"The fans spent the time to vote me in, so I want to be able to spend it with them and do everything I can to interact with them,” Trout said. “People pay a lot of hard-earned money to come here. So to just not show up, I don't think is right. And I think bringing Beckham on the field for the Home Run Derby is another reason I'm here." 

With Trout out, it leaves two-way star  as the Angels' only representative at the All-Star Game. Ohtani isn’t participating in the Home Run Derby on Monday, but was elected as the starting designated hitter by the fans and was named an All-Star as a starting pitcher by Major League Baseball. It marked the second straight season that Ohtani was named an All-Star as both a hitter and a pitcher. 

Ohtani was named the leadoff hitter for the American League, but said he doesn’t plan to pitch in the game, as Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan will start for the AL. He’s also scheduled to start on the hill on Friday against the Braves in Atlanta, which is why he said he declined to pitch. Last year, Ohtani didn't start until the club's fourth game after the All-Star break.