LA Angels Mr. Versatility David Fletcher, may be lost for the season.
By David Rice
As if the LA Angels haven’t had enough injuries, they now have one more as utility man David Fletcher A.K.A. Mr. Versatility, left Sunday’s game with a pulled hamstring. With only two weeks left in the season Fletcher has probably played his final game of the season.
For the LA Angels David Fletcher has been a blessing sent from above. Fletcher since being called up in mid-June Fletcher has played five different positions for the Angels including 2nd and 3rd base, shortstop, as well as right and left field.
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Fletcher has been solid wherever Angel manager Mike Scioscia has put him playing near flawless defense as well as hitting .275 with a homer and 25 RBIs in 80 games for the Angels. He first came up for Zack Cozart who was lost for the season in early June, then he also has filled in for an injured Ian Kinsler and then again when Kinsler was traded to the Boston Red Sox.
Fletcher may have won himself a job for 2019 either as the every day second baseman or as the utility man in the infield at the very least.
Although Fletcher did not show much power, he was able to drive the ball to the gap multiple times and as evidence Fletcher had 18 doubles for the season. He also showed an ability to come through in key situations with clutch hits.
Over the last two weeks of the 2018 season Kaleb Cowart, Jose Fernandez, and Taylor Ward will take care of second and third base for the rest of the season. The Angels may also call someone up from the minor leagues as well to improve the depth of the infield in Fletcher’s absence.
In Fletcher’s case he made the most of his opportunity to play every day and potentially earn a spot for next season. Hopefully Fletcher will heal soon and maybe play again this season, which is what Fletcher undoubtedly would like to do, but if he has played his final game of 2018 his body of work has been a good one.