Finally some good news for LA Angels

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 29: Kole Calhoun
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 29: Kole Calhoun /

The LA Angels injuries issue have been well-documented not only by Halo Hangout, but in many other publications.  The Angels are finally getting some players back from the DL & others are close to returning.

The LA Angels as recently as Friday had a club record 15 players on the disabled list.  Since then the Angels have gotten shortstop Andrelton Simmons back this weekend, and Kole Calhoun was activated today.  Kaleb Cowart is also close to being activated, as he has been sent out on a minor league rehab assignment o he should be back soon.  Cowart may not come back to the Angels with Andrelton Simmons back, but at least he will be available if needed.

Garrett Richards and Jim Johnson have also taken a step forward in their rehabs from a hamstring injury and a lumbar strain respectively. Both are now playing catch which is a good sign.  However, they are probably at least two weeks away from being available to come back to the Angels.

Nick Tropeano has not made any significant progress as of yet since he has not been able to throw a baseball yet.  Tropeano was placed on the DL last Friday with inflamation in his right shoulder. Third baseman Zack Cozart has also not been able to resume any baseball activities after being put on the DL due to shoulder subluxation in his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

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Hopefully Tropeano and Cozart can continue to progres to a point where they start throwing and doing baseball activities.  The best news came out of the Shohei Ohtani camp.  The Japanese two-way phenom is making progress from his grade 2 UCL sprain.

There is no word yet on whether Ohtani will pitch again this season.  At the very least the Angels are hoping that the Ohtani will be able to play at least be a designated hitter, but we will not find out anything more for at least two to three weeks.  One can only hope.

Rene Rivera is also progressing after having knee surgery and will hopefully comeback fairly soon. The Angels are on the mend.  Hopefully when they get healthy the team can start to put things together.

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Finally, former reliever Felix Pena who has been recently converted to a starter, will make his major league debut as a starter against the Diamondbacks.