Angels' Mike Trout undergoes thumb surgery

Angels' Mike Trout undergoes thumb surgery

Mike Trout underwent surgery Wednesday to repair tears in the ulnar collateral ligament and dorsal capsule of his left thumb. The Angels said the operation, performed by Dr. Steven Shin at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, was successful. They stuck to an estimated timeline of six to eight weeks for Trout to return to action.

The Angels did not make Shin available for an interview, but general manager Billy Eppler confirmed the doctor performed an innovative treatment on Trout, involving InternalBrace ligament augmentation within the thumb. In limited usage, the procedure has been known to accelerate recoveries.

“It’s a development that’s very new,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s a development that helped Andrelton Simmons come back in five weeks. I’m not exactly sure what it looks like or what it does, but I know that it’s in there and it’ll hopefully give him a stronger repair and something that’ll hold up a little longer.”

When the Angels announced the injury, they did not announce a dorsal capsule tear, but Scioscia said that was planned as part of the surgery from the outset. The capsule is often linked to the UCL in tears.

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Published at Thu, 01 Jun 2017 02:40:00 +0000

Dodgers' winning streak snapped in 2-1 loss to Cardinals

Crouched in right field, with two outs in the eighth inning of a tied game, Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez broke into a sprint when the ball rose off the bat. His jaunt did not last long. Hernandez slowed to a jog after a few steps, then stopped. There was nothing to do but watch.

A six-game winning streak snapped when Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler crushed a slider from reliever Ross Stripling for a decisive solo home run in a 2-1 Dodgers loss. Stripling was punished for an offspeed pitch over the heart of the plate in his second inning of work.

In one of his better performances in 2017, Hyun-Jin Ryu turned in six innings of one-run baseball. He exited without a chance for a victory, though, because of St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez. Martinez shut the Dodgers down for eight innings, yielding only one run himself. He struck out nine.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Dodgers split up the tandem of Kenta Maeda and Ryu, who teamed to shut down the Cardinals last week at Dodger Stadium. Maeda labored through four innings on Tuesday. Ryu returned to the mound on Wednesday, inserted back into the rotation after Alex Wood experienced soreness in his sternum.

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Published at Thu, 01 Jun 2017 02:35:00 +0000