Mike Trout’s return timeline unknown as he deals with ‘rare condition’ at the back

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mike Trout said he has been feeling much better over the past two days, a week after receiving a cortisone injection in his back.

The Angels superstar spoke out after the Angels’ 4-0 win at Kansas City on Wednesday, hours after the team’s head athletic coach, Mike Frostad, acknowledged there were concerns and concerns. uncertainties over Trout’s ability to play this season.

“I feel good where it’s going right now,” Trout said of his back. “Every day it gets better. And I feel really good. I felt really good today.

“…I came back and my phone was exploding. It said my career was over. This is news to me.

Prior to the game, Frostad said the back condition, which he classified as “rare”, could be something Trout will have to deal with for the rest of his playing career. Trout turns 31 in early August.

“I think we have to worry about that,” Frostad said when asked if Trout was out long term. “… We have to look at that as something that – he has to manage it, not only for the rest of this season, but also for the rest of his career probably.

The timing of Trout’s return is unclear as he deals with an inflammation of the ribcage which is creating back pain. Trout said he would see his back specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, in California on Sunday. He hasn’t started baseball activities, but is following a core stability program and cardio work.

Trout left the Angels game on July 12 with back spasms. He spent the next four days hoping that his return would be imminent. He was even in the lineup on July 16 before a last-minute withdrawal. But he was placed on the injured list on July 18 and given a cortisone injection that could take two weeks to fully function.

Trout said “of course” he will play again this season and said the word “No” four times when asked if he feared the injury was a long-term problem.

“I don’t even know how I got it,” Trout said. “I can’t say exactly what happened. It just started to hurt, and it got to a point where it was bothering my swing. But like I said, the last two or three days the progress has been amazing.

Frostad was asked why the significant optimism of a quick return earlier this month had now led to a condition – costovertebral dysfunction at T5 – where there was more concern.

“It’s a pretty rare condition that he has on his back right now,” Frostad said. “The doctor, who is one of the most well-known spine surgeons in the country, if not the world, doesn’t see much of it.

“And for that to happen in a baseball player, we just have to take into consideration what he imposes on himself hitting, swinging on a daily basis, just setting up. And then also playing in the outfield. … There are so many things that can make it worse, but this doctor hasn’t seen many.

When asked if there was a chance he wouldn’t play again this season, Frostad replied, “We hope not. I don’t think we’re at that point where we’re going to make that decision. »

Trout has been with the Atlanta and Kansas City team. After missing the final three-and-a-half months last season with a lingering injury, he’s confident history won’t repeat itself in 2022. Frostad’s comments and how they were interpreted.

“Yeah, I think that’s a bit of a stretch,” he said. “I was just talking to my dad, going on my phone. Get a lot of – appreciate all the prayers, but my career isn’t over. No, I don’t care. It’s just one (of) things, you play, you swing a lot, and things come up. And I played it for a little while, and it got to a point where, it was just time to figure it out. And we got it. And it’s going in the right direction. »

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