It’s now been more than three weeks since we last saw Mike Trout. He’s been out since May 17 due to a Grade 2 calf strain. When speaking with reporters on Monday, Trout said his rehab progress is going well.
The initial timeline for Trout’s recovery was expected to be 6-8 weeks, meaning he’s potentially halfway towards returning. However, Trout still isn’t sure when exactly it is he could return.
“It’s a grind sometimes,” he said to reporters. “Because every game you see the guys go out there, you want to be out there. It’s frustrating not being out there with them. Just doing as much as I can to help the team win.”
Trout said that the first week and a half went really well for him. He was progressing well, but said there was a period in which he felt soreness for a few days. However, he did say that yesterday was his best so far in regards to his pain tolerance. He said the last few days have gone well, which is definitely great news to hear.
He is now off of crutches and out of a walking boot, but has yet to resume any baseball-related activities. He hasn’t done any running, but does low-intensity walks on a treadmill. He said the plan is to be jogging soon.
But for now, his rehab process is still dependent upon how his leg is feeling and what his body will allow him to do.
For Trout, who was having another MVP campaign before his injury, it’s tough to have to show up to the park every day and not be able to contribute on the field. He usually spends the first few innings in the dugout with the guys, but then will go get more treatment.
“It’s tough being on the bench,” Trout said. “There’s only so much you can do and you want to be out there. But I’m in there for the meetings, talking about pitchers. I like being engaged in the meetings and telling guys what I saw the last time I faced them. It’s a grind sometimes because every day you see the guys go out there, you want to be out there. It’s frustrating not being out there, but just trying to do the most I can to help the team win from the bench.”