The Los Angeles Angels beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Wednesday night, but they avoided a bad loss after the game. According to the Orange County Register, outfielder Mike Trout was in one of four vehicles involved in separate but related crashes on the 55 freeway just before 9 PM local time.
Capt. Larry Kurtz told the paper the jaws of life were used to cut one person from a vehicle, and two people were injured but transported to different hospitals. It was not disclosed whether Trout was one of those victims, as could be expected in the early aftermath, but CBS Los Angeles tweeted evidence the 2014 American League MVP is fine.
Angels' general manager Billy Eppler released a statement late Wednesday night saying he had spoken to Trout and "he feels fine." The Angels will travel to Seattle Thursday afternoon for a weekend series, and Trout is expected to make the trip.
Trout did not play Wednesday night, but has authored a typical excellent season with a .319/.436/.562 slash-line, 25 home runs, 84 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and 102 runs scored. The Angels are simply playing out the string as the calendar flips to September though, even with a five-game winning streak and eight wins in their last 10 games. Entering Thursday's action, the team is 59-74 and 20.5 games out in the AL West.
The condition of the two injured victims from Wednesday night's accident is unknown right now, and all big-picture concern should be focused squarely on them. The Angels' 2016 season has been a proverbial trainwreck, with manager Mike Scioscia firmly on the hot seat, but things could have been much worse for the team's franchise player — and their future.