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Angels Notes: Mike Trout says he’d like to return by All-Star break

By in Press Enterprise on June 14, 2017

By Elliott Teaford

ANAHEIM — Mike Trout would return to center field Wednesday if his surgically repaired left thumb was sound enough to allow him play. Since that’s not realistic, Trout said Tuesday he’d shoot for a return to the Angels’ lineup at some point before the All-Star break July 10-13.

He also would like to play in the All-Star Game itself.

“It would be pretty cool just to, hopefully, be back by then,” Trout said when asked about the possibility of joining New York Yankees rookie right fielder Aaron Judge in the American League outfield in the July 11 game at Marlins Park in Miami.

“Obviously, I don’t determine that, but I’ll be out there as quick as I can.”

Trout has been working out to stay as fit as possible after tearing a ligament in his thumb while sliding headfirst during the Angels’ May 28 game in Miami. He can’t catch or hit a baseball, though. He was expected to be miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery.

The All-Star Game would be one day shy of the six-week mark after surgery.

“Before the All-Star break, right at the All-Star break, just depending on how it goes,” Trout said when asked about his targeted return. “Push it. I want to make sure it’s right. I don’t want it to linger. I want to play tomorrow, but obviously I can’t. We’ll see how it goes the next week or two.”

Trout was hitting. 337 with 16 homers, 14 doubles, 36 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 47 games before he was injured making a head-first slide. Trout said he would continue to slide head-first once he returns to the lineup. He has been wearing a small brace to protect his thumb during his recovery.

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