Mike Trout Mar 28, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has returned to the lineup after missing almost two months with an injury, but is it too late to make a difference?

That’s the question the MLB world is asking after the Angels activated the three-time AL MVP from the IL on Tuesday. Trout had not played since July 3, when he broke a bone in his hand and had to undergo surgery.

Trout missed 38 games and his absence hurt, as the Angels went 16-22 during that span.

The Angels went all-in at the trade deadline for a postseason push, trading some top talent for veterans, only to go into a tailspin in early August. Obviously, the lineup looks more formidable with Trout, but the team is facing an uphill climb in the playoff race. Los Angeles began the day 61-64 and nine games out of the final wild-card playoff spot.

They’re a long shot, but there is still a chance, and Trout’s big bat will make an immediate difference. He has 18 home runs and a .862 OPS this season.

The baseball world had mixed thoughts on whether Trout can save the Angels season.

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