The Los Angeles Angels continue to see their 60-man player pool reduced, with two more players being added to the injured list on Wednesday.
Injuries are a reality of baseball, especially in Spring Training. With Spring Training 2.0 (now known as Summer Camp) finally underway, the Angels are already experiencing their fair share of additions to the team’s injured list, just seven days into camp.
On Monday, the team quietly placed four players on the report, with Julio Teheran, Luis Rengifo, Jose Suarez, and Dillon Peters all making the initial rendition of the injured list. Of those four, only Peters was an announced decision, with the lefty previously announced to be hampered in camp due to his recovery from an oblique strain in March. The other three were added with undisclosed ailments.
Adding to the crew with mystery issues, the Angels increased their injured list with the addition of two players, outfielder Brandon Marsh and pitcher Jose Quijada, per the team’s transaction page. Oddly enough, the two additions were made on Wednesday but dated back to Monday, July 6th, the same date as Teheran, Saurez, Rengifo, and Peters were added. Like the other three, no reason was provided for their inclusion.
Per the agreement between the league and the Players’ Association, teams are not allowed to disclose any medical issues outside of on-field injuries without player consent. That includes COVID-19 diagnoses, which cannot be confirmed without the players allowing the information to be shared.
Marsh was one of the more exciting prospects heading into Angels’ camp, along with Jo Adell. While he wasn’t expected to make his MLB debut in 2020, especially in a shortened season, fans were excited to get their first look at one of the team’s second-rated prospect. The center fielder hit .286/.367/.407 with seven home runs and 47 RBI across two levels in 2020, and then made a solid impression with a strong appearance in the Arizona Fall League. By including Marsh on the team’s 60-man player pool, the team assured that his development wouldn’t be delayed with the lack of a minor league season.
Jose Quijada joined the Angels in February when the team plucked him off of waivers from the Miami Marlins. In six minor league seasons, the right-hander owns a lifetime ERA of 2.95, a WHIP of 1.108, and a K/9 of 10.2. Featured primarily as a reliever, Quijada made his MLB debut last season, going 2-3 with a 5.76 ERA and a 13.3 K/9 over 29.2 innings of work. However, he also struggled with control (7.9 BB/9) and was a frequent victim to the long-ball, allowing 10 home runs for a 3.0 HR/9 average. He had an outside chance of making the bullpen in camp but was expected to serve as a depth piece for the team.
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Both players will hope to be ready to go when their 10-day IL stay ends. However, if the reason for their addition is indeed COVID-related, they will need to be quarantined away from the team for 14 days.