The LA Angels had some tough decisions to make toward the end of Spring Training last month. One of them was deciding who to use as the utility spots, because of his lack of versatility Taylor Ward was sent down to Triple-A despite having a strong Spring.
Just like in life sometimes you get a second chance on occasion. The LA Angels decided to call Taylor Ward up from the minors. It was first rumored that Zack Cozart had an injury. However with Cozart playing late game defense Monday it was clear that Ward was called up to provide some depth and a potential insurance policy at third base with Cozart off to a poor start.
The negative side of this transaction was the fact that the Angels had to send down someone to make room for Ward and the Angels decided to send reliever Justin Anderson to Triple-A Salt Lake City. To me this was a peculiar move since Anderson has been lights so far this season especially this past weekend when he twice saved Angel starters by escaping a jam in each game.
Through the five games Anderson has pitched he has not given up any runs in 5.2 innings with five strikeout and three walks with a 0.88 WHIP. Unlike last season though the bullpen is loaded with quality option and the Angels are gambling that Hansel Robles, Noe Ramirez, Luis Garcia, and Luke Bard.
This move increased the Angels infield depth and gave the Angels an option. Taylor Ward was called up and now we will see how he does. Hopefully Ward will come through for the Angels.
Ward’s last Angel moment came at the end of 2018 hitting a walk-off three-run homer to win Mike Scioscia’s final game as Angels manager. In total Ward hit six homers and drove in 15 runs with a .178 batting average. The batting average was very disappointing for Ward and he was hoping to make omens for it
Justin Anderson will not be allowed to be recalled for 10 days. But rest assured Anderson will be back soon.