Angels’ Mike Trout says ‘I’m playing’ despite coronavirus concerns

ANAHEIM — Three weeks and zero outbreaks after Mike Trout showed up for Angels camp with some reluctance about playing the season, he seems to have been significantly comforted that it’s safe to play.

“It’s been good so far,” Trout said on Wednesday, just two days before Friday’s opener. “Obviously, since the last time we talked, I was up in the air about playing. Obviously, I’m playing. It’s been great so far.”

Trout, whose wife is due to deliver the couple’s first child at the start of August, had reservations about playing amid the coronavirus when the spoke to the media July 3, the first day of camp.

Since then, according to numbers provided by Major League Baseball, the positive coronavirus tests around the sport have been minimal. On Friday, MLB announced just six of 10,548 samples taken from players and staff members had come up positive. That involves multiple tests for each of the approximately 1,800 players in major-league camps.

“I think the biggest concern the whole time was if there’s an outbreak,” Trout said. “There hasn’t been one yet. If there was, we would have to evaluate the situation and do what’s right for the family. But everything’s been great so far. I’ve been locked in on baseball.”

Trout, who was in the lineup for Wednesday’s exhibition finale against the Padres, said he’s confident at the moment in baseball’s ability to get through the season with the protocols currently in place, but he said the players must remain committed to following the rules about safety.

“I told the guys since Day One, all it takes is one guy to mess this up,” Trout said. “I was talking to a couple of the Dodgers guys yesterday – obviously six feet apart – and it’s gonna be really tough. You have to really have respect and be accountable, especially late in season. If you bring the virus into a clubhouse when you’re fighting for the playoffs, I can’t even imagine what that would be like.

“Hopefully there’s no outbreak. Being at home and controlling the atmosphere is different from traveling to Houston right now, where it’s pretty bad.”

While Trout is keeping an eye on the coronavirus numbers and also preparing for the season, he is also in the final countdown until he becomes a father.

“Realizing I’m having a child, it’s surreal,” Trout said. When I first started dating Jess, we talked about having kids, and now it’s happening. We’re very fortunate and blessed. I just can’t wait to be a dad. I’m sure I’ll ask my parents a lot of questions. I can’t even describe the emotions of it right now. Seeing Jess’ belly every night. Talking to (the baby) every night. It’s a different feeling. I can’t even explain it. It’s been great.”

And does the baby respond?

“He’s kicking and going crazy,” Trout said. “I can’t wait to meet him.”

Trout said he isn’t sure yet of the plan for leaving the team and returning around the birth of the baby, as far as the health and safety protocols.

The Angels host the Astros the weekend of July 31-Aug. 2, with an off day Aug. 3, and then a three-game series in Seattle.

“I guess when the when the baby comes, we’ll figure it out,” he said. “They’ll be testing every day. I don’t know the requirements of do I have to quarantine or not? That’s a good question. I might want to ask Billy (Eppler) that.”

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