Angels superstar Mike Trout reported to the team’s summer camp today, but the three-time American League MVP made clear that he’s still feeling conflicted about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Honestly, I still don’t feel comfortable with the baby coming,” Trout told reporters today on a Zoom call (link via USA Today’s Bob Nightengale). “There’s a lot of things on my mind. I’m trying to be the safest and most cautious way to get through the season. It’s going to be tough.”
Trout’s wife is currently pregnant with the couple’s first child, and the 28-year-old center fielder says that they’re “playing it by ear” with the baby due to be born in August. “I’ve got to keep Jess safe,” says Trout. “I’ve got to keep the baby safe.” He adds, too, that in the event of a positive test, he’d need to go at least 14 days without seeing his newborn child, which also weighs on his mind.
“We all want to play,” Trout continued. “It’s going to come down to how safe we are going to be. If there’s outbreak or something happens these next few weeks, we’ve got to reconsider.”
Trout is far from the only player in the game with this type of concern. Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman voiced similarly thoughtful concerns last week before officially opting out of the 2020 season earlier this week. Washington closer Sean Doolittle, whose wife is high-risk, has regularly voiced concerns and yesterday told Scott Abraham of ABC7 News that he’s “leaning toward playing” but is “not entirely” sure he’ll ultimately do so (Twitter link, with video).