NEW YORK -- Angels superstar Mike Trout was placed on the 60-day injured list on Monday, which means he won’t be eligible to return until after the All-Star break. The Angels made the move to create room on the 40-man roster, with Scott Schebler called up and Kean Wong optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Trout, who has been out since May 17 with a strained right calf, had been projected to be out until mid-July; the roster move simply made it official, as he’s not eligible to be activated until July 17 -- the club’s second game after the break. But it also means he won’t be able to play in the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard despite leading all American League outfielders in the balloting, as announced on Sunday.
"He's doing really well, actually," Angels manager Joe Maddon said prior to the series opener at Yankee Stadium. "He's on pace. He's on target. Just moving him around right now just based on different things we had to do. But he's good. He had a nice workout today at the stadium. Did some baseball activities, so everything is moving in the right direction."
As Maddon noted, Trout did progress to baseball activities on Monday, swinging the bat in the cages at Angel Stadium for the first time since the injury. He’s not running on the field yet, which is his next big step, as he’s been restricted to using the treadmill so far.
“He swung the bat a little bit in the cages,” Maddon said. “More baseball-orientated stuff. He’s doing really well.”
Maddon added that he receives reports from head athletic trainer Adam Nevala, who provides an estimated healing percentage of the injury. He also said that Trout is expected to need a short rehab assignment before he returns, but he’s not sure when that would begin or at what level Trout would play.
“It’s over 50 percent healed now, which is a good thing, obviously,” Maddon said. “It’s strange when you look back and watch what happened. You’d never think it would take this long to heal. But it’s over the 50 percent range, and he’s doing well.”
The decision to bring up Schebler had to do with the club’s outfield depth, with left fielder Justin Upton on the 10-day injured list with a strained lower back. Utilityman Kean Wong has some experience in the corner outfield but is more of a true infielder, so he was optioned to make room for Schebler.
“This is a good ballpark [to hit in], and he’s a real outfielder,” Maddon said. “And [Juan] Lagares and [Taylor] Ward have been playing every day and too often and were in need of a break.”