Jimmy Rollins writes goodbye message to Philadelphia after trade to Dodgers

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Jimmy Rollins was officially traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers yesterday in exchange for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle. The veteran shortstop took to Twitter this morning to write a goodbye message to the city of Philadelphia:

source:  Selected by the Phillies in the second round in 1996, Rollins leaves Philadelphia as one of the city’s sports icons. His 18-year journey was highlighted by three All-Star appearances, one National League MVP Award in 2007, five straight National League East titles, and one World Series championship in 2008. He heads to Los Angeles as the Phillies’ all-time leader in hits (2,306).

Rollins will make his return to Philadelphia when the Dodgers visit for a three-game series next August 4-6.

Mike Trout to undergo foot surgery

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Angels star outfielder Mike Trout is done for the year, per a team press release. He’ll undergo surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot sometime over the next week, which will likely require a recovery period that stretches beyond the two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Trout, 28, has been day-to-day with a foot injury since the first week of September. On Monday, he underwent a cryoablation procedure to treat the neuroma on his right foot, but evidently requires further treatment to resolve the issue completely. Per manager Brad Ausmus, Trout ‘tested his foot by running’ on Sunday and found he was still experiencing too much pain to play, prompting his decision to undergo season-ending surgery.

This figures to be the first major setback Trout has seen since his thumb surgery in 2017, but there’s no reason to believe his current ailment will have any substantial effect on his 2020 season. Still, it’s an unfortunate end to another monster campaign by the eight-time All-Star and AL MVP contender, who will finish his 2019 season batting .291/.438/.645 with an AL-best 45 home runs, .1083 OPS, and league-leading 8.6 fWAR.