Mike Trout, whose wife is scheduled to give birth to the couple’s first baby this summer, was put on the paternity leave list by the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
Trout’s wife, Jessica, was originally scheduled to deliver sometime in August. The limit for a stint on the paternity leave list is three days. Trout and Jessica already had a name chosen but wanted to keep it a secret until delivery.
The three-time MVP was originally reluctant to play this season in the midst of a pandemic, mostly concerned about how he contracted the coronavirus and passed it on to his wife, a scenario that would at least force them into quarantine and keep them from watching. their birth But Trout’s concerns seemed to have eased somewhat after baseball resumed in early July.
“I can’t just wait to meet him,” Trout said the day before the Angels season on July 24, marking the start of his ninth full season at the big leagues. “We̵7;re excited. Jessica was really strong and brave. I don’t know how women do that.”