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LA Angels get bad news on Tommy La Stella and Brian Goodwin, good news on Matt Harvey

By David Rice
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JULY 02: Team personnel assist Tommy La Stella #9 of the Los Angeles Angels after he was injured while at bat against the Texas Rangers in the top of the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JULY 02: Team personnel assist Tommy La Stella #9 of the Los Angeles Angels after he was injured while at bat against the Texas Rangers in the top of the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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With all that is going with the LA Angels in regards to the Tyler Skaggs death, the Angels didn’t need anymore bad news.  Unfortunately, sometimes when it rains, it pours.

In the LA Angels first game since the untimely death of Tyler Skaggs, the Angels played with their hearts on their sleeves giving it everything they could to get a victory in the memory of Tyler Skaggs.  The Angels were successful in this endeavor as the Angels rallied to take a 9-4 victory from Texas.

Unfortunately the victory came at a big cost as both Tommy La Stella and Brian Goodwin were injured in the process. La Stella fouled a ball off his right shin and immediately fell to the ground in pain.  The result is a fractured right tibia which will put La Stella out 8 to 10 weeks which means he will most likely be out until September.

This is a huge loss as Tommy La Stella was having an All-Star season hitting .300 with 16 homers and 44 runs batted in.  La Stella just found out he was a players’ selection to the AL All-Star team on Sunday afternoon.  It was La Stella’s first selection to the Mid-Summer Classic, but he will now not be able to participate.  He was replaced by Tampa Bay’s Brandon Lowe.

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With this injury Luis Rengifo will move back into a starting role at 2nd base with David Fletcher now being the starter at third base.  Matt Thaiss who can play first base and some third base has received his first call up to the majors to replace La Stella on the roster.

As for Goodwin he was hit on the wrist with a pitch and came out of the game an inning later and he was also placed on the IL with a wrist contusion.  The Angels called up former Giant Jarrett Parker to fill the role as fourth outfielder for the Angels.  There was no more information given on Goodwin.

Albert Pujols also fouled a ball off his foot and will not be in the line-up today due to soreness in the area when the ball struck him.  A IL stint is not expected to be needed for Pujols.

A little bit of good news came out of Inland Empire last night as Matt Harvey, who has been out for about a month with upper back stiffness, had a successful rehab start last night for the 66ers.  Harvey threw 46 pitches, 34 of them being strikes giving up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts in four innings of work.

Harvey will likely need at least one more rehab start to get stretched out enough to rejoin the Angels rotation. Where that rehab start will be is anyone’s guess, but Harvey could rejoin the rotation if all goes well after the All-Star break.  He may fill in the rotation spot vacated by Tyler Skaggs untimely death Monday.

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We will keep you updated when more information becomes available on any of these players. Hopefully we will see Goodwin and Harvey soon.

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