Ho hum: Mike Trout did another record-breaking thing


The latest incredible thing Angels rookie and MVP frontrunner Mike Trout has done, via Austin Laymance of MLB.com:

On Thursday night, Trout (21 years, 16 days) became the youngest player since at least 1901 to record 40 steals and 20 homers in a season. Trout swiped his 40th base in the third inning of a 14-13 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Cesar Cedeno accomplished the feat in 1972 at 21 years, six months and one day.

Through 102 games Trout leads the league in batting average (.345), slugging percentage (.601), OPS (1.011), stolen bases (41), and runs scored (99). And if you’re into Wins Above Replacement, Trout is blowing away the competition with 8.9 WAR while no one else in baseball is higher than 6.2.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.