Home-run king Trout to undergo foot surgery

Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout has given up plans to get back into the lineup and will have surgery on his damaged right foot (AFP Photo/Lachlan Cunningham)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Mike Trout, who had been trying to ease his way back into the lineup after missing eight straight games, will have season-ending surgery on his foot, the Los Angeles Angels announced on Sunday.

The Major League Baseball team said Trout will have a thickening of tissue around the nerves in the ball of his right foot removed by doctors later this week.

Trout has been on the injury list as day-to-day for a week and this weekend said he was confident of getting back on the field on Sunday.

But the team said in a statement that he was still experiencing too much pain to play.

"Surgery is the recommended course of action. Mike is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove the Morton's neuroma in his right foot," the Angels said in a statement.

Trout, who leads the American League with 45 home runs, has been out of the starting lineup since September 6.

Despite his recent time off, Trout is still in the running to win his third MVP award.