Los Angeles made the expected social media announcement in a TikTok video that didn’t give much away, praising a few fan favorites from the current roster. David Fletcher’s hands, Shohei Ohtani’s hair, Luis Rengifo’s smile, Michael Lorenzen’s biceps, and, last but not least, “Trout’s back” are all highlighted in the video titled “Things we love to see.”
The Angels confirmed the news with a photo of Trout holding up a peace sign with a wink emoji plastered beside him at the end of the video, in case fans didn’t get it on the first viewing or still didn’t get it on a double take.
Trout, 31, hasn’t played since July 12 due to injuries to his ribs and upper back, and he was placed on the injured list that day.
Not only does Trout’s return give Angels fans a reason to celebrate heading into the weekend, but it also represents good news for the star outfielder, who has been dealing with a rare chronic back condition known as “costovertebral dysfunction at T5” in his spine. As if that weren’t enough, the three-time MVP is also battling rib cage inflammation.
After meeting with spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this month, Trout sounded optimistic about making a comeback in 2022 and he has since resumed rotational exercises. When asked about providing an update on his condition on Wednesday, he shared the same sentiments.
In the words of Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, “I’m excited,” that’s what Trout said. The development has satisfied me so far. Taking some time away and letting it all just hang out did me some good. I’ve been practicing for a while, and now I get to play for a month and a week.
Trout is batting through 79 games this season.
line of.270/.368/.599 with 24 home runs and 51 runs batted in. The Angels (51-67) went 12-17 without him and were eliminated from postseason contention for the eighth straight season.
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