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LA Angels Injury Update 6/21/19

By David Rice
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 12: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels bats against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 12: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels bats against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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The LA Angels seem to have a weekly injury log of players coming and going from the injury list as well as players beginning rehab assignments.

The LA Angels have been waiting to have their line-up at full strength.  With Andrelton Simmons nearing a return from a sprained ankle the Angels line-up will be as it was envisioned to be at the beginning of the season.

Simmons was slated to return this weekend in St. Louis in less than half the time he was expected to be out.  Simmons has been doing a rehab assignment the past two days in Orem of the Rookie League.  However, after last night’s game he was seen limping off the field after be taken out of the game.

Brad Ausmus said today in his pre-game meeting that Simmons’ setback will most likely only delay his return slightly as he should be ready for next Tuesday’s game against Cincinnati at the Big “A”.

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The Angels made another roster move today as catcher Kevan Smith was placed on the IL due to an injured hand. Smith should only be out for the minimum 10 days, but we will see how he progresses.  To replace Smith as the back-up catcher is Dustin Garneau.

Garneau will split time with Jonathan Lucroy at catcher until Smith returns.

As for rehab updates Trevor Cahill is scheduled to make a rehab start this weekend for Triple-A Salt Lake.  There has been no determination if he will need multiple rehab starts before returning.  When Cahill returns he may be headed for the bullpen depending on if the Angels decide to keep Jose Suarez in the rotation

There is still no word on when Keynan Middleton will go on a rehab assignment as he nears a return from Tommy John surgery.  Matt Harvey’s rehab has also been halted and there has been no word on when he will return. Zack Cozart also does not have a timetable as to when he will be able to start a rehab assignment.

The other Angels pitcher who is close to returning is J.C. Ramirez. He has made multiple rehab starts in Triple-A Salt Lake. So far he has made four rehab starts between Inland Empire and Salt Lake City.  He is 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA pitching 16.1 innings with nine walks and six strikeouts.  A decision must be made on Ramirez as his rehab stint must end by June 29th which is next Saturday.

Next. Angels will have to ace a tough decision upon Andrelton Simmons return.

We will keep you updated on all these injuries as they become available.

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