Oh No!! It’s happening again. The Los Angeles Angels just added another pitcher to the disabled list. Sad but true, as Nick Tropeano after his best start of the season had to be placed on the DL Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Angels must feel that they are snake-bitten as yet another starting pitcher has landed on the disabled list. Nick Tropeano coming off his best start of the season on Tuesday, has landed on the disabled list on Wednesday due to shoulder inflamation. Tropeano is the third starting pitcher to be placed on the DL and overall the fifth Angel hurler to land on the injured list.
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J.C. Ramirez, Matt Shoemaker, Keynan Middleton, and Blake Wood have all preceded Tropeano on the disabled list. Luckily for the Angels they have some depth in their pitching staff that has allowed the Halos to not miss a beat. Most notably Jamie Barria as well as Justin Anderson have cone up from the minors and come up big.
Barria will start Thursday’s series finale against the Orioles as the Angels try to sweep away the Orioles. Barria has a respectable 3.86 ERA in two starts so far with a 1-1 record. With Angels schedule having an off day next Monday, Tropeano should only miss one start if he comes back after the 10 days. This is what the Angels are hoping for.
The same idea applies to Keynan Middleton who just had some slight elbow inflamation, but the Angels did not want to take a chance with either Tropeano or Middleton and decided to make the moves to give them both time to rest and hopefully come back even stronger.
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Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani also will most likely make his latest start on the mound this weekend in Seattle possibly Sunday. Ohtani returned to the line-up on Tuesday as the designated hitter and again filled that role on Wednesday after being removed from the game last Friday after spraining his ankle running to first base.
The Angels will continue to be extra cautious with Ohtani as they are trying to keep him healthy because he is a valuable both as a pitcher and a hitter. Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for Tropeano, Middleton, and Matt Shoemaker. All of which will help strengthen the Angel staff upon their return.