Los Angeles Angels make several roster moves
For the Los Angeles Angels left field has been a revolving door of players over the past few years. This year’s left field platoon experiment was disasterous and the Angels made a clean sweep yesterday and will start over again trying to find the right fit.
The Los Angeles Angels made a few moves Saturday afternoon before their game against the Red Sox. The Angels designated both members of the left field platoon Craig Gentry and Daniel Nava for assignment which means they have 10 days to work out a trade with any team that claims them or they will become free agents.
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Nava and Gentry were both brought in to be part of a left field platoon. Gentry’s season ended almost before it got started going on the DL in late April and never returning to the major league. For the season Gentry was 5 for 34 a .147 batting average. Daniel Nava suffered almost the same fate missing nearly two months with various injuries. In 45 games Nava hit .235 with one home run and 13 RBI’s. However, he never seemed to feel comfortable at the plate so the Angels decided to designate Nava for assignment as well.
In a related roster move, outfielder Shane Robinson was activated from the disabled list and will now serve as the starting left fielder. Robinson is expected split time with Ji-Man Choi, Jefry Marte, and Gregorio Petit may all see action in the outfield. Robinson was also bit by the injury bug. So far this season Robinson is hitting .203 with a homer and seven RBI’s. Hardly spectacular numbers, but the Angels are going with Robinson nonetheless.
In other injury news, the Angels have ruled out Garrett Richards for the rest of 2016 season with the August 1st evaluation coming soon. If all goes well Richards will avoid Tommy John Surgery with his current stem-cell treatment. If Richards treatment is not working then he will undergo the Tommy John Surgery and miss all of 2017 and possibly part of 2018.
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Cliff Pennington is also on the mend as he is on a rehab assignment and will be ready to go in the next few days. Pennington is hitting .304 for Triple-A Salt Lake and could be back as soon as this week. Catcher Geovany Soto is also on the mend, but is not yet doing any rehab assignment. Soto hopes to be back soon.
Finally C.J. Cron has already been on the DL for over three weeks with a broken hand which means he could be back within the next two weeks. Cron will probably do a short rehab assignment before returning which could start some time next week.
With the trade deadline only hours away the Angels have not made a move yet to trade any veterans for prospects, but that could still happen up to 1 p.m. Pacific Time today so we will see what happens. Depending on what the Angels do will determine the shape of the roster and the focus for the rest of the season. Stay tuned to Halo Hangout for any trades that might be made today.