When Andrelton Simmons returns to the Angels, who will lose their roster spot?
Of course, the Angels will have a more immediate need to resolve when Andrelton Simmons returns from his stay on the injured list. Notably, the team will need to open up a spot on the active roster in order to activate the shortstop.
The most logical choice here would be Luis Rengifo. The infielder was recalled from Long Beach when Simmons was initially injured, giving the Angels a back-up option in the middle infield.
It has been tough sledding for Rengifo since his recall. Over the course of 12 games, the switch-hitter is slashing .125/.243/.156 with just four hits in 32 plate appearances. Likewise, he’s graded out poorly in advanced metrics like exit velocity (40th percentile), hard-hit rate (14th percentile), and xSLG (3rd percentile).
However, it goes beyond just metrics. For Rengifo, it will come down to opportunity and where he’ll get the most at-bats. With Simmons likely forcing Fletcher and La Stella into a platoon, or even the latter into a reserve role, there will be a lack of available playing time for Rengifo.
Ultimately, he’ll be better served being optioned to Long Beach and playing intrasquad games there rather than riding the pine.
How would you like to see the Angels accommodate Andrelton Simmons’ return to the team?