ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout had slid head-first into a bag 152 times in his career to steal a base. The 153rd time was the biggest blow to the Angels organization in some time.
In the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins, Trout stole second, and quickly called time. He stood tall, shook his wrist and split over while trainers came to his aid.
Trout stayed in the game for one more inning, but was replaced by Ben Revere in the bottom-of-the-sixth, and was headed for x-rays and an MRI. Results revealed horrid news for the Angels.
On Monday afternoon, Angels General Manager, Billy Eppler, told reporters that the reigning MVP had a torn ulnar-collateral ligament in his left thumb, and will be out for "more than a couple weeks."
In the midst of his best start to a season to date, the 25-year-old outfielder will have surgery on Wednesday to repair his thumb, taking him out for an estimated six-to-eight weeks.
"It's definitely the best course of action for him right now," Angels manager, Mike Scioscia said in a post-game conference with the media. "I think he's comfortable with the decision and hopefully everything goes well on Wednesday and we'll get him back out here as soon as he's healed up."
The Angels offense has struggled, even with Trout, as a whole. The former MVP has a .337 average and a 1.203 OPS, 16 home runs and 36 runs scored. The rest of the Angels offense is batting just .227 with a .642 OPS and 39 home runs.
"You're not going to replace what Mike brings in the middle of the lineup," Scioscia said. "But as a whole, one through nine, we're gonna have to. We have to be more than one guy and we feel we are."
The Angels have called up Eric Young Jr., who had a .947 OPS in Triple-A Salt Lake, to fill Trout's vacant roster spot, as he'll go to the 10-Day Disabled List.