Update: Trout will go to the DL with a torn UCL in his thumb. He is expected to miss up to 8 weeks depending on if surgery is performed
Mike Trout, who is currently the No. 1 overall player in Yahoo fantasy leagues, left Sundays game against the Miami Marlins after injuring his thumb while attempting to steal second base. He was diagnosed with a left thumb sprain and x-rays revealed no fractures, the Los Angeles Angels announced Sunday evening.
No timetable has been provided by the Angels, but he will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury and how much time he is expected to miss.
Trout was arguably the favorite for this year’s American League MVP. This is the type of injury that could change the tides for many fantasy teams. He is tied for the Major League lead in home runs while also batting .337 and stealing 10 bases. Fantasy owners who selected him very early in the draft are going to miss his production, and should hang on to him (of course), but not as much as the Los Angeles Angels will miss his production.
The reigning MVP may be more relied upon by their team than any other player in baseball. The Angels have scored the 18th most runs in the MLB this season, and that is with Trout. Without him, the team’s offensive production looks bleak. The team would need to rally around a 37-year-old Albert Pujols, who is not terrible, but will not have the pleasure of having Trout hitting in front of him. Meanwhile, the soon-to-be 600 home run hitter suddenly has a sore right hamstring.
Ben Revere stepped in for Trout in center field following his removal from the game. However, Revere is known for his speed rather than his skill with the bat. The issue is that he is not exactly stealing as many bases as he once did. He has stolen 30 or more bases in a season four times in his career, but he has just three in 100 at-bats in 2017. He is batting .220 with one home run and four RBI. Revere will not be a fantasy commodity in fantasy leagues, but especially if can has lost his ability to steal bases.
The Angels could also choose to get Jefry Marte more at-bats by playing him in left field and moving Cameron Maybin to center. Marte is primarily a first baseman but started 18 games in left field in 2016. He may currently be hitting .180, but he had .15 home runs in just 258 at-bats last season. The Angels will be looking to find new ways to replace Trouts run production in the lineup. Marte may be the team’s best choice.