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Mike Trout day-to-day after cryoablation procedure on right foot

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The Angels announced on Monday that outfielder Mike Trout underwent a cryoablation procedure to address a neuroma in his right foot. He’s considered day-to-day and hopes to return in a couple of days. Trout exited Friday’s game after five innings and only pinch-hit on Saturday before sitting out all of Sunday’s action.

Per MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, manager Brad Ausmus said, “I’m not in the medical field, but it’s a buildup of tissue around the nerve that causes pain. Today, he had a cryoablation that deadens the tissue, deadens the nerve area.”

Trout, 28, is the prohibitive favorite for the AL MVP Award, batting .291/.438/.645 with 45 home runs, 104 RBI, 110 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs credits him with 8.7 WAR, which is 1.7 more than his closest competitor, Astros 3B/SS Alex Bregman.

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.