By Pete Zarustica/Orange County Tribune/with wire service reports
Lucky is the team that has two All-Star starters in the Big Game.
Unlucky is the team that has them both somewhat hobbled.
Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels were each hands-down choices for the 2023 Major League Baseball All-Star game next Tuesday in Seattle for the American League.
Just about half-way through the season, Trout has 18 home runs and 44 RBIs. Ohtani not only has 31 home runs, 68 RBIs and a .296 batting average, but has a 7-4 record, a 3.32 ERA and 132 strikeouts.
But Trout won’t be in the outfield or at the plate, having sustained a broken bone in his left wrist when he fouled off a pitch. He’s expected to be sidelined for four to eight weeks, which could mean he might not be back until mid-September.
“I just talked to Mike,” said Angels’ manager Phil Nevins on Wednesday. “He just got out of surgery. He feels great. The surgery went well. We spoke to the doctor a minute ago, but it sounds like everything went great.
“It just remains to be seen how Mike’s hand responds when he starts doing the treatments and his rehab,” Nevins added. “I know he’s anxious to get going. He was happy he could get this done right away so he can get back to the team as quick as possible.”
As for Ohtani, well, half of a future Hall-of-Famer’s skills is still pretty good. A blister developed on the middle finger of his right hand on Tuesday in the Halos’ 8-5 loss to the San Diego Padres.
“It was hard for me to put full pressure on [the ball],” said Ohtani through an interpreter. So while he won’t be throwing for the AL in Seattle, he hopes to be back on the mound for the Angels soon. “I have like nine, 10 days until the next start so hopefully I will heal in time.”
He will likely swing the bat, though. “It’s just the tip of the middle finger and I think he’s going to be OK,” said Nevin.
Associated Press reporter Bernie Wilson contributed to this report.
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