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Angels star Mike Trout has torn thumb ligament, surgery possible

Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout grimaces after injuring his thumb in stealing second on Sunday. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)
Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout grimaces after injuring his thumb in stealing second on Sunday. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and might need surgery that could sideline him for eight weeks.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list for the first time Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.

At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Yoon was scheduled to arrive in Anaheim later Monday night to meet with Trout and discuss his options.

“At this point and time, surgery is an option. But Steve is on the way down here tonight to talk to Mike,” Eppler said. “We’ll sit down and from there, come up with the plan.”

The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.

Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night’s game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.

Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he’s been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.

A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.

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