LA Angels dodge bullet with Kole Calhoun’s hamstring injury

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 25: Kaleb Cowart
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 25: Kaleb Cowart /

The LA Angels saw another player go down Sunday afternoon in Toronto as outfielder Kole Calhoun pulled his right hamstring while running to first. Calhoun initially tried to stay in the game, but when he ran from 1st to 3rd it continued to bother him. So Calhoun had to come out.

According to LA Angels general manager Billy Eppler, Calhoun underwent an MRI todayand it showed the injury to not be as severe as first thought according to Maria Guardado of MLB.Com. Eppler said that Calhoun will be listed as day-to-day. However they do not think a DL stint is needed at this point according to Guardado.

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With Cameron Maybin still on the DL with a grade 1 strain of his right MCL, the Angels could ill-afford to lose another outfielder. Just after Mike Trout came off the DL from a torn UCL in his thumb, Maybin went down with his injury forcing Ben Revere into action.  Revere has stepped up his game hitting .522 (12 for 23) in his last 10 games driving in three runs and stealing three bases.

For the time being the Angels will use Shane Robinson as the third outfielder most likely starting him in right field. The Angels also could recall Eric Young Jr., who is .313 in Salt Lake City right now. If Calhoun’s injury lingers and he has to go in the DL, Young Jr. would most likely be recalled.

Calhoun is suffereing through his worst season in his career.  Calhoun is batting just .231 with 13 homers and 45 RBI’s.  Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for Kole.

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On more positive note, Tyler Skaggs took another step forward in his rehab. Skaggs started tonight for the Salt Lake City Bees against the Nashville Sounds and went 4.2 innings giving up four runs on five hits with five strike outs and three walks.  Skaggs threw 85 pitches with 57 strikes and 25 balls.

This could have been Skaggs final start in the minors before being recalled to Anaheim. It is possible that Skaggs could return to Anaheim and pitch Sunday against the Oakland A’s. This would little more than a year from the date Skaggs returned to the mound after returning from Tommy John surgery. Skaggs was 1-1 this year in five games before getting injured, and posting a 3.99 ERA.

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Skaggs is hoping for a return possibly as early as Sunday. Let’s hope so