Angels’ Mike Trout facing surgery for torn thumb ligament

The Angels lost more than just a baseball game Sunday. They could be without their star for up to eight weeks.

Angels center fielder Mike Trout has been diagnosed with a ulnar collateral ligament tear in his left thumb after an MRI revealed the damage Monday.

Trout left Sunday’s 9-2 loss to the Marlins in the sixth inning after jamming his left thumb into second base in the fifth inning. Trout dove headfirst while completing a steal of second and tried to grasp the bag to ensure he didn’t slide past it.

Both Stripling and Ramos denied any intent on their errant pitches.

Just a first-pitch fastball in and it got away from me, Stripling said.

You saw the at-bats before, I missed some balls up and in, Ramos said. I haven’t been on the mound in five days. Ball was going all over the place, didn’t have the control that I wanted бн I wasn’t trying to hit him on purpose, but I guess they had a problem with that.

Mattingly admitted it looked bad that Cody Bellinger had just homered before Ramos hit Eibner. But he was clearly not happy the Dodgers, with a big lead late in the game, were swinging at 3-0 pitches.

It’s one of those pitches, you give up a homer and a guy gets hit, it looks bad, Mattingly said. But, also, they’re up 5-0, and swinging 3-0, if we want to actually count stuff. If you’re going to swing 3-0 when we’ve got six outs left, they got their guy out in the bullpen. They can say it however they want it, but when you swing 3-0, up 5-0 going into the eighth, you can put it however you want.

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