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Mike Trout on choosing knee surgery over just DH role: ‘It would have been a tough road the rest of the year’

Mike Trout could have continued to play due to the torn meniscus in his left knee, which currently sidelines him indefinitely. But the Los Angeles Angels outfielder chose surgery over staying on the field because he would have to play through pain if he was only used as a designated hitter.

‘It was an option they offered there [to have surgery in the offseason]Trout said Thursday, via the Associated Press. ‘It would have just maintained the pain level. The day I got the MRI and it showed [a tear]I was in a lot of pain, so it would have been a tough road to endure for the rest of the year. I felt the best option for me was to do well and be completely healthy to come back soon.”

When it was announced in late April that Trout had opted for surgery, the three-time AL MVP was tied for the MLB lead in home runs with 10 while hitting .220/.325/.541.

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Injuries have unfortunately become a regular disruption to Trout’s career. He has played 266 of a possible 523 games since 2020. He missed the last four months of 2021 due to a calf injury, missed more than a month of 2022 due to a back problem and sat out half of 2023 after breaking his hand.

At the time of his injury, Mike Trout was tied for the MLB lead in home runs with 10 while hitting .220/.325/.541.  (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

At the time of his injury, Mike Trout was tied for the MLB lead in home runs with 10 while hitting .220/.325/.541. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Trout underwent surgery last week to repair the torn meniscus and still doesn’t know how or when he suffered the injury. The team hasn’t announced an official timeline yet, but for now the 32-year-old says he’s feeling good.

“The operation went well. Just taking it day by day and feeling better every day, so it’s been good. No timeline. Just come in, rehab and hopefully it feels better every day, see how it feels the next day and go from there.

Historically, Trout has not enjoyed being a DH. He has played that role 81 times in his career and has a batting average of .214.

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Players who have undergone similar surgery have returned between four and eight weeks. However, given Trout’s injury history, the Angels would be wise to be extra cautious before declaring him 100% ready to return.

“It’s tough because I felt really good [to begin the season], but things just happen. I’m doing everything I can to get back on the field,” Trout said. “I want to go as fast as I can, but I don’t want to push.”

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