Mike Trout watched as Bryce Harper injured his left knee slipping on a base and remembered his personal expertise.
The Los Angeles Angels’ middle fielder jammed his left thumb sliding right into a bag in late Might and missed six weeks with a torn ligament . He is glad the Washington Nationals’ star outfielder prevented ligament injury and will not be out for the remainder of the season due to a bone bruise .
“It is good for baseball,” Trout stated Tuesday. “You see a man do this, it is scary. You consider the worst. However you hope the most effective comes out of it.”
Harper and Trout went house run for house run throughout a two-recreation collection in Southern California final month. Harper’s damage prevented a sequel this week in Washington.
“They’re exceptional,” stated Angels outfielder Ben Revere, who performed with Harper on the Nationals final season. “They have all of the instruments on the planet and that is why they’re the highest two guys in baseball, gamers-clever. It is enjoyable to observe them each.”
Trout definitely finds it enjoyable to observe Harper, in all probability his closest modern among the many greatest gamers within the majors. Trout, who simply turned 26, appreciates the numbers the 24-yr-previous Harper places up amid all of the hype.
“Individuals see him go on the sector and a few individuals assume he is a bit of cocky, however I talked to him just a little bit when he was in Anaheim — he is an ideal individual and he goes on the market and performs the sport arduous,” Trout stated. “He needs to win. That is the No. 1 factor as a teammate or as a participant, you need to win. … He is laying every little thing out on the road each night time.”
Trout admired Harper laying it on the road when he was injured, making an attempt to leg out a single to the suitable aspect when he slipped. Trout does not assume something may be achieved to stop accidents brought on by moist bases.
“For me and for him, it is a freak accident,” Trout stated. “He slipped on a base, and I slid and there wasn’t even a play. It was only a freak factor. It is clearly good to be again for me, and I am positive he is working exhausting to get again.”
Los Angeles supervisor Mike Scioscia stated the Angels “managed to carry our heads above water” amid accidents to Trout and a number of other pitchers. However Scioscia is keenly conscious of the influence Trout had within the clubhouse when he returned in early July.
“When a participant of Mike’s caliber comes again in and also you see him within the beginning lineup, everybody’s type of hitting nearer to the place they’re used to and hopefully the sport movement goes to the place you can begin to get the sport in your phrases extra actually because you possibly can strain groups,” Scioscia stated. “We’re nonetheless making an attempt to get that offensive consistency and we could be higher at it, however getting Mike again within the lineup goes an extended strategy to deliver you to that aim.”
Harper has been an enormous a part of the Nationals’ lineup this season, hitting .326 with 29 residence runs and 87 RBIs. From enjoying with him, Revere is aware of how troublesome it’s for Harper to take a seat out and relaxation his knee.
“A bone bruise is one thing that I’ve seen guys have, and I do know it is one thing you have to let heal slowly,” Revere stated. “I do know he will be keen (to get) again there.”