Angels’ Jo Adell is out of the lineup with injury
By Kyle Franzoni
Just days after being promoted for his MLB debut, Angels’ rookie Jo Adell is being held out of the lineup with an apparent injury.
Two days ago, Jo Adell was at the top of the world. The top prospects in the Angels’ organization had just received his first promotion to the big leagues, got his first start in right field, and collected his first hit in his first at-bat.
Two days later, and he’s out with an injury.
During his pre-game conference call, manager Joe Maddon relayed that Adell was being held out of Thursday’s lineup with a tight quad muscle.
Per Maddon, Adell will be considered day-to-day, with the hopes that the leg muscle will loosen up. Once he’s ready to go, he expected to return to regular playing time in right field.
It’s been somewhat of a trial by fire for the Angels’ top prospect since his recall. He’s started each of the last two games in right field, going 1-for-4 in each contest. At the same time, he’s struck out in four of his eight at-bats. Adell has also had a few miscues in the outfield, a product being held to intrasquad games in both summer camp and at the alternate training site in Long Beach.
While the early results are hit and miss, the potential of Jo Adell is nothing to scoff at. A true five-tool talent, Adell is going to hit well at the MLB level and while his two hits have both been of the infield variety, his power will come through as the pressure to perform subsides. Defensively, the Angels and Adell are working hard on his route coverage and jumps, allowing for his fielding to improve and complement his speed and arm.
For now, that development will need to wait a few days while the Angels are careful with their prized prospect.