Angels announce 2020 roster: Five biggest takeaways

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Angels, Luis Rengifo
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Angels Roster Takeaways: Julio Teheran and Luis Rengifo to start on IL

At this stage, we already know that Anthony Rendon will avoid the injured list, and Patrick Sandoval, despite his late start, will immediately join the Angels rotation. However, not all Angels were blessed to make it through summer camp unscathed.

Like Sandoval, Julio Teheran was a late arrival to camp due to a coronavirus diagnosis. However, he took a bit longer to satisfy the two-consecutive negative tests needed to be admitted to camp and as such, was unable to appear in any intrasquad games or scrimmages. As such, the Angels have opted to keep him on the 10-day injured list to start the year.

Teheran will presumably use the extra time to get back in line with the rest of his team. He’ll likely need a week or so of the season to ramp up before he can be plugged into the rotation. At that time, he’ll replace either Sandoval or Matt Andriese in the rotation.

Like Teheran, Luis Rengifo will also begin the season on the injured list. While he reported late as well, his inclusion on the list is due to a lingering hamstring injury, suffered in his first few days in camp.

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By having Teheran and Rengifo on the IL, transferring Justin Anderson (Tommy John surgery) to the 45-day IL, and previously outrighting Jacob Rhame, the Angels opened up a few spots on the active roster. They used those on Tuesday by promoting Jared Walsh, Ryan Buchter, and Hermosillo, and selecting the contracts of Hoby Milner and Jacob Barnes.

What do you think of the Angels’ initial 30-man roster? Did they leave off anyone you were hoping would make the team?