Mike Trout gets ready for rest and rehabilitation after surgery on left thumb – Los Angeles Times

Mike Trout sprinted toward second base Sunday afternoon in Miami, seeking his 10th stolen base of 2017. As he neared the base, he dropped his body into a headfirst slide, like he has thousands of times in two decades dedicated to baseball.

This time, Trout’s peripheral vision informed him the throw from home plate was bouncing away from Marlins shortstop J.T. Riddle, so he looked up to ascertain if he could take third base. He couldn’t, and when his eyes refocused on second base, it was too late. His left thumb had caught the base, overextended from his other fingers. He knew immediately he was hurt.

“When I picked my head up, I thought I was already on the bag,” Trout said Saturday at Angel Stadium, in his first public comments since undergoing surgery. “But I pulled up short, and that’s when I jammed my thumb.”

An MRI examination the next day confirmed Trout’s intuition. He tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, and the operation was planned for Wednesday at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. Trout said he had never had surgery of any kind. Before this, the most significant injury of his life was a strained hamstring that cost him six games last month.