LA Angels Nick Tropeano to have Tommy John Surgery

Although Nick Tropeano is on the DL for awhile with a torn UCL in his elbow this was still a good day for the Angels. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Although Nick Tropeano is on the DL for awhile with a torn UCL in his elbow this was still a good day for the Angels. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The LA Angels had a lot to be happy about on Wednesday as ace Garrett Richards got a favorable report on his injured right elbow and the Angels got a walk-off homer by Albert Pujols to beat the A’s 8-6. Unfortunately the news wasn’t all good as righty Nick Tropeano‘s second opinion on his injured elbow was not favorable and he opted to have Tommy John Surgery.

Tropeano is the second LA Angels player this season to decide to undergo the reconstructive process to heal a torn UCL in his elbow.  Andrew Heaney, who has been out since he pitched on the second day of the season with a torn UCL in his left elbow.  Heaney originally underwent stem cell treatment like Richards, but his results were not favorable as they did not show significant progress.  Heaney had Tommy John Surgery in the second week of July and will most likely be out until the beginning of the 2018 season.

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Tropeano had a 3-2 record with a 3.65 ERA this season before coming out of his start early on July 18th with soreness in his right elbow that was diagnosed on July 19th as a torn UCL. Tropeano will have Tommy John Surgery later this month according to Angels GM Billy Eppler.  This will also most likely sideline him until the beginning of the 2018 season.

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The Los Angeles Angels got some more good news as first baseman C.J. Cron is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from his broken right hand.  Cron broke his hand after being hit by a pitch in a July 8th game in Baltimore by Orioles pitcher Michael Wright.  Cron was scheduled to miss six to eight weeks, but his hand is already strong enough to take dry swings with a bat after only three weeks.  If he continues to progess, Cron could go on a injury rehab assignment in the next couple of weeks and be back with the Angels by the beginning of the next homestand in mid-August.

Geovany Soto who has been on the DL since July 18th with left knee inflammation, will begin a rehab assignment for Triple-A Salt Lake City today and could be back by the middle of next week.  This would pose an interesting question as Carlos Perez has been on fire since returning from the minors on July 23rd batting .302 with two home runs and 11 RBI’s in his last 15 games.  Jett Bandy has also played well over that same period batting .294 with three homers and nine RBI’s.  As Mike Scioscia always says ‘We will cross that bridge when we come to it’.

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Angels closer Huston Street returned to the disabled list for the second time this season, this time with inflammation in his right knee.  Mike Morin was recalled from Salt Lake City today and made an immediate impact getting the A’s Danny Valencia to ground into a 1-2-3 double play to escape a ninth inning bases-loaded one out jam that temporary closer Cam Bedrosian got into by walking three batters.  Bedrosian blew his first save of the season by walking three batters and also giving up two hits and one run in 0.1 innings of work.  Bedrosian got his first career save Tuesday night in a 5-2 win over Oakland, was very wild throwing 15 balls and only 11 strikes before being lifted in favor of Morin.

Second baseman Cliff Pennington also got his first start since coming off the disabled list Monday after two months on the shelf.  Pennington came through with his second home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at four.  He also dug out a low throw by Yunel Escobar and made a good relay throw to an outstretched Ji-Man Choi to help J.C. Ramirez escape a bases loaded one jam in the top of the 8th to help the Angels keep a 6-5 lead.

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We will keep you updated here at Halo Hangout on all the injury news with the Angels this season, and there has been a lot of it.