This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The three-time American League MVP is slated to miss the longest stretch of his illustrious career after suffering a calf strain. The early timeline on Trout's injury is six to eight weeks with what is being called a Grade II injury. A Grade II strain is considered a more moderate strain and is often referred to as a partial tear, a designation backed up by Trout's comments that he felt a pop when the injury occurred. The Angels are likely to treat the face of their franchise conservatively and target the All-Star break as a probable return-to-play date. However, Los Angeles' record could ultimately influence the team's approach. The Angels currently sit dead last in the AL West and may look to be sellers at the trade deadline if they don't shows signs of improvement. If the team fails to make any headway in the standings, they could opt to hold Trout out longer or consider shutting him down entirely for the remainder of the season. As a result, Trout's short-term fantasy value is suddenly very precarious.
Cleveland's primary designated hitter is expected to miss substantial time with a left abdominal strain. Fortunately, the team provided significant insight to the injury by revealing Reyes' exact injury is a left internal oblique strain.
On each side of the rib cage, sits two different groups of oblique muscles, the internal and external obliques. Together these muscles groups work synergistically with the opposite group located on the opposite side