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On Monday. June 28th, the Angels transferred Mike Trout to the 60-day IL, essentially ruling out any prospect of him returning before the all-star break. Trout, not only widely regarded as the best baseball player on the planet but also one of the greatest players to ever step on a field, has been out since May 17th with a calf injury, and now is not even eligible to return to action until July 17th.

 Prior to his injury, the 8-time All-Star and 3-time MVP was dominating pitchers as he normally does, sporting an impressive .333 batting average with 8 homeruns and 18 runs batted in. IN fact, given that Shohei Otani has now emerged as a flat-out superstar for the Angels and will likely take home the American League MVP this year, it is fair to say that the Angels would have one of the scariest lineups in baseball had Trout remained healthy this year.

 That being said, Trout did swing a bat in a batting cage Monday for the first time since his injury, and all signs point to him making a full recovery. The only question remains whether the Angels can at least remain in contention for a playoff spot until he gets back.

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