It appears Mike Trout might have to play with a rare back condition for the rest of his career.
The Los Angeles Angels All-Star outfielder, who’s dealing with a condition called costovertebral dysfunction at T5, has been on the injured list since July 18 with back spasms.
“This is a pretty rare condition that he has right now in his back,” Frostad said. “The doctor (Robert Watkins), who is one of the most well-known spine surgeons in the country, if not the world, doesn’t see a lot of these.”
Trout has rib-cage inflammation that is causing the back pain, and Frostad admits there’s some worry that the condition could sideline Trout long-term.
“I think we have to have some concern on that,” Frostad said. “… He’s a little more upbeat today. And I think he’s starting to feel like he’s getting the benefits.”
Frostad also acknowledged that the 30-year-old will likely have to manage the condition for however long he continues to play.
“But long-term, we do have to look at this as something that he has to manage, not just through the rest of this season, but also through the rest of his career probably.”
The three-time MVP has started a core-stability program and cardio work, The Athletic’s Sam Blum reports.
On the season, Trout is hitting .270/.368/.599 with 24 home runs and 51 RBIs for the 41–56 Angels.