AL MVP Favorite Mike Trout to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

September 15, 2019

The likely American League MVP’s season came to an abrupt end on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Angels announced on Sunday that outfielder Mike Trout will undergo season-ending surgery on his foot later this week.

Trout has not played since Sept. 8 due to foot pain, but had expressed optimism returning to the field this season. He had tested his foot out during on-field activities before Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, but he continued to experience pain.

The team said Trout has Morton’s neuroma, which is a nerve issue that affects the toes and surgery is needed to remove it. The Angels plan to announce additional information when appropriate.

The Angels are not in the playoff hunt, but Trout is the frontrunner to win the AL MVP award. It is hard to imagine the injury would hurt his chances on winning it for the third time in his career.

Trout leads the AL with a career-high 45 home runs and has a slash line of .291/.438/.645, leading the league in on-base percentage and walks (110). He has 104 RBIs and 110 runs scored in 134 games, too.

The 28-year-old is the latest star player to be sidelined the remainder of the season with an injury in the last week.

Reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers fractured his kneecap fouling a pitch off himself on Tuesday, ending his season. His injury came just days after Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, last year’s NL MVP runner-up, with a fractured left thumb.

Their injuries have a far greater impact, though, as the Brewers and Cubs are both in the midst of a playoff race.