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Angels Place Mike Trout On DL With Wrist Injury

The Los Angeles Angels have placed star outfielder Mike Trout on the disabled list with wrist inflammation, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

The best player in baseball is batting .309 with 30 home runs, 60 RBI and an OPS of 1.083. The injury was sustained during the team's Aug. 1 game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, when Trout slid into third base uncomfortably.

Per Maria Guardado of MLB.com, Trout swung a bat to see if his wrist would hold up, but the pain is still there. Thus, Trout was placed on the DL, with Guardado noting it's only his second trip there in his career.

Trout will be eligible to return from the DL on Aug. 16, per Guardado. The Angels enter play on Saturday with 59-58 record, fourth in the AL West and 9.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics for the final wild card spot.

The Angels have been hit hard by injuries over the last few months, which has led to them falling out of the playoff race. Starting pitcher Garrett Richards is out for the season after it was announced he required Tommy John Surgery in July.

Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Prized rookie Shohei Ohtani - an ace on the mound and a big hitter - missed time with an elbow injury as well. A limited farm system meant the Angels couldn't make any big moves at the trade deadline to improve the roster, either.

Trout, a seven-time All-Star, is in the midst of what could be a third American League MVP season. No player in baseball is as decorated as him, and the Angels simply aren't the same team without him.

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It's been a frustrating season for the Angels, who had high expectations with a healthy Trout and the arrival of Ohtani. But it's hard for any team to get by when their core players are hurt, and the Angels are learning this the hard way. They'll have to get by these next two months and load up for 2019.

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