Angels’ Mike Trout ‘feels 100 percent’, has an eye for postseason

It was a year ago when Mike Forel took a lead from second base, took off towards third base and pulled up quickly. Something was wrong. He stumbled and grimaced in pain as he reached the bag.

What looked like a calf strain that would sideline him for a few weeks turned out to be a season-ending calf tear. He missed the Angels’ next 122 games, more than he missed in his previous eight seasons combined.

Trout appeared in just 36 games as the Angels finished fourth in the American League West. Now, a year later, Trout is feeling great and heading into another season of MVP caliber. In the first 34 games, he hits .325 with 10 doubles, 10 homers, 21 RBI’s and 31 runs.

“I feel 100 percent,” Trout told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. “My body feels the best it’s felt in a while. It was just a freak. I think there’s a lot of things I can learn from it, rehabilitation and how to take care of your body and things I didn’t pay for “I paid attention until I got injured. This game takes its toll and you want to be on the pitch every day. When the little things come up, you have to listen to your body and take care of it.”

Mike Trout discusses his road to recovery, the future of Angels

Mike Trout discusses his road to recovery, the future of Angels

Ken Rosenthal sits down with Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout to discuss his path to recovery and future with the Los Angeles Angels.

Trout, 30, is in the midst of his 12th MLB season. He spent most of his career with veterans such as Albert Pujols at the clubhouse. But now, without Pujols, Trout has become the man others look up to, both on and off the field.

“When I came up, I just went out and played my game. I let my game speak for itself,” Trout said. “I think I’m at a point now where I can speak a little bit and I think there’s a time and a place where something needs to be put right, and I can take care of it. I think that’s a big step for me and I I think that step has to be taken for this team to win.”

Winning is exactly what the angels do. Heading into Wednesday’s game, the Angels are nine games over .500 (24-15) and one game behind the Houston Astros for first place in the division.

The club hasn’t made the postseason since 2014 and off-season improvements have been made to the roster addressing several holes. The bullpen was reinforced with Raisel Iglesias and Aaron Loup. The starting rotation added Noah Syndergaard and Michael Lorenzen.

Plus Taylor Ward’s emergence as a regular lead-off man has placed Trout, as well as sluggers Shohei Ohtani and a healthy Anthony Rendon, at the center of the lineup.

“I think the guys we’ve brought in here are a great group of guys,” Trout said of the 2022 roster. “Obviously we need to stay healthy, that’s the most important thing. Just getting that lineup together, new pieces in the bullpen and guys for the rotation is huge for us.”

If the Angels continue to play so well, a much-anticipated return to the playoffs could only be a few months away.

“I think everyone in this organization, from the fanbase all the way to the top…I think everyone is looking forward to that, and we have to get there,” said Trout.

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