LA Angels making a plethora of moves in hopes of sparking team
The LA Angels have made a number of moves this week in hopes of trying to infuse some life into the struggling team. Injuries have made some of the moves necessary & others are due to inconsistency of certain players. Let’s take a look.
The LA Angels started this week out by doing something they hoped they would never have to do, place Mike Trout on the disabled list. The move became necessary when Trout slid into second base last Sunday and tore ligaments in his thumb. So the Angels called up Eric Young Jr. to add another outfielder to the mix.
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On the same day they also called up minor league pitcher Parker Birdwell to start on Tuesday which Bridwell pitched well in enough to allow the Angels offense to get going and gain a 9-3 victory. For Bridwell it was his first major league win.
On Saturday morning the Angels made a host of moves to try to wake up a struggling offense. They sent down Jefry Marte and his .175 average down to Salt Lake City in hopes that he will find his swing. They recalled C.J. Cron from Salt Lake as he seems to have found his swing and hope that he can help the Angels struggling offense.
The Angels also sent Daniel Wright back to the Triple-A and called up Damien Magnifico who they recently acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles in early May. Magnifico has only pitched in three big league innings and will probably fill-in for the Angels bullpen which has been taxed multiple times this week including in last night’s 11-5 loss to the Twins.
The Angels also designated Deolis Guerra for assignment after he was touched for four runs and six hit in 1.2 innings of work last night against the Twins. Guerra has been down this road before with the Angels so we may have not seen the last of him just yet.
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In other news Danny Espinosa hit his fifth homer of the season and is showing a little bit of life in the past week in hopes of getting his batting average up and gaining back his starting spot at second base. Espinosa’s main fill-in recently Nolan Fontana was outrighted to the minors on Tuesday to make room for Yunel Escbar who came off the DL Thursday.
The Angels also recalled outfielder Shane RObinson from Triple-A to replace Cameron Maybin who went on the disabled list Thursday with a left oblique contusion he suffered making a diving catch on Monday. Alex Meyer also returned from the DL on Thursday and had a great first outing against his former team the Minnesota Twins which saw him pitch six innings of one run ball with four strikeouts.
The Angels also got some with regards to Cam Bedrosian as he started a rehab assignment for SIngle-A Inland Empire Friday and is close to returning to Anaheim. However, they also got news that Huston Street has been shut down in his rehab due to shoulder and bicep tightness.
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You will definitely a daily scorecard to keep track of all of the comings and goings in Anaheim. Hopefully these new additions and returning players will have a positive impact on the Angels.