Mike Trout Will Not Play in 2017 MLB All-Star Game Due to Thumb Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2017

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout speaks about his injured thumb during a news conference prior to the team's baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout will not play in the 2017 MLB All-Star game due to his ongoing recovery from a left thumb ligament injury, the team announced on Monday:

Angels general manager Billy Eppler commented on the situation in the release:

"We are extremely proud of Mike for his election to the All-Star Team. It is a great accomplishment and it reflects his exceptional performance and contribution not only to the Angels but the game of baseball. However, unfortunately, based on the timeline established for Mike to return from his thumb injury, he will be rehabilitating into the All-Star Break and therefore won't be able to participate in the All-Star festivities. We share in our fans', and Mike's, disappointment, and we look forward to his return to our everyday roster."

Trout was thankful to be voted into the Midsummer Classic despite being unable to play in the game.

"I couldn't be more honored to be voted to play in the All-Star Game this season," he said in the release. "There are so many players in our game that deserve to be on the All-Star Team so to be elected again is truly humbling. We play this game day in and day out for the fans so I am incredibly grateful that they see me as deserving of such an honor."

Trout, 25, is having another excellent season for the Angels, hitting .337 with 16 homers, 36 RBI, 36 runs and 10 stolen bases. He has now been voted into six straight All-Star Games and has been voted a starter five straight times.

As Angels.com noted, that put Trout in some pretty rare company:

"At age 25, he becomes just the fifth American Leaguer to be elected a starter in at least five All-Star games before turning 26, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (six starting nominations), Joe DiMaggio (five), Mickey Mantle (five) and Ivan Rodriguez (five). Additionally, with his six All-Star game nods, Trout is tied for the most in franchise history with Jim Fregosi (1964 & '66-70) and Rod Carew (1979-84)."

Trout has been in rarefied air since entering the Majors in 2011. He won the AL Rookie of the Year that season and has since added two MVP awards and five Silver Sluggers to his trophy mantle.

After Trout won his second MVP last season, he became "the first player to finish in the top two in MVP voting in each of his first five full seasons in the Major Leagues," per Austin Laymance of MLB.com, and "the sixth player to win two MVPs before his age-25 season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, along with Johnny Bench, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial and Hal Newhouser."

Suffice to say, Trout is producing like a future Hall of Famer, and while he won't be able to play in this year's All-Star Game, it's hard to imagine he won't feature in scores of Midsummer Classics to come.

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