As reported yesterday, Mike Trout tore a thumb ligament while sliding into second base on Sunday. Last night he decided what course of action to take: thumb surgery.
As the Angels noted in their release last night, the typical rehab time for the surgery Trout will undergo is 6-8 weeks. While that obviously sinks the Angels even more than they’re already sunk, Trout is wise to get the surgery over with rather than try some treatment or rehab that is not as likely to be successful.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.