This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The American League MVP candidate has made his final case to the voters, as an injury will prematurely end his 2019 season. Trout is slated to undergo surgery to address a nerve-related issue in his foot. The procedure will remove a neuroma from his right foot that has resulted in pain and discomfort in the ball of his foot for the last few weeks.
A neuroma occurs when a mass develops in the sheath that surrounds a nerve. The growth is often benign but results in pain and burning in the area. Trout is dealing with a specific type of neuroma known as a Morton's neuroma. In this injury, the neuroma appears between the distal ends of the third and fourth metatarsals, the bones that help bridge the tarsals of the midfoot and the toes. The area is particularly thick due to the converging of multiple nerve branches, leaving it vulnerable to neuroma development.
Trout initially attempted to utilize cryotherapy to alleviate the symptoms but was unable to reach a level of comfort that would allow him to continue playing. Now the problem will be surgically excised, and he should be able to complete a normal offseason load. However, neuroma formation can be linked to issues like improper footwear and biomechanical issues of the foot. If Trout's neuroma is the result of some underlying problem, that problem will also need to be addressed to ensure his long-term durability. Look for Trout to remain one of the first players