The team announced that Trout will have a thickening of tissue around the nerves — a Morton’s neuroma — in the ball of his right foot removed later this week. The surgery puts the rest of his season in jeopardy.
Trout missed his eighth straight game Sunday but has been testing the foot the past few days to see whether he could get back on the field. The team said in a statement that he was still experiencing too much pain to play.
“It wasn’t getting any better,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday. “We’ve kind of exhausted all non-surgical possibilities. Some point later in the week he’ll be scheduled for surgery to have the neuroma removed.”
Trout, who leads the American League with a career-high 45 homers, had an injection of cold fluid in the area of his foot Monday in an attempt to get back on the field.
Trout has 104 RBI and a .291 batting average, putting him in contention to win his third AL MVP award along with four second-place finishes. The 28-year-old outfielder has 110 walks, a .438 on-base percentage and 1.083 OPS in his first season after agreeing to a $426.5 million, 12-year contract, baseball’s largest deal by total and average salary.
Los Angeles already has been eliminated from postseason contention.
“He realized it was not a pain he could deal with to perform at a high level,” Ausmus said. “He understands forcing himself to play on the field wouldn’t be productive.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.