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Angels’ Mike Trout facing surgery for torn thumb ligament

The Angels lost more than just a baseball game Sunday. They could be without their star for up to eight weeks. 

Angels center fielder Mike Trout has been diagnosed with a ulnar collateral ligament tear in his left thumb after an MRI revealed the damage Monday. 

Trout left Sunday's 9-2 loss to the Marlins in the sixth inning after jamming his left thumb into second base in the fifth inning. Trout dove headfirst while completing a steal of second and tried to grasp the bag to ensure he didn't slide past it.

But when reaching to grab the base, his left thumb became lodged against the bag. Trout immediately shook his left hand and did remain in the game before being replaced in the bottom of the sixth inning. 

Angels general manager Billy Eppler told reporters Monday that surgery is an option for Trout, who heads to the disabled list for the first time in his career. Should the Angels elect for surgery, the timetable for a return to the lineup is 5-8 weeks but he could be back sooner. 


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