David Fletcher left last Monday's LA Angels game with left hip tightness, and didn't end up coming back and playing the next day. He also wasn't in the lineup to begin the next series against Texas. Sure enough, it turned out that he didn't even attend. He didn't even make the road trip:
Well, Angels.com beat writer Rhett Bollinger says there is "no timetable for his return," but if he did not make the road trip, it could very well potentially mean that he won't join the team on the road trip at all. All anyone currently knows is that he's receiving treatment and isn't there right now.
Even if he was at least with the team as they traveled to Arlington, it could spell trouble if he wasn't in the lineup. Now, he's not only not in the lineup, but is also not with the team.
The LA Angels' road trip ends after their game against the Astros on Wednesday.
If David Fletcher continues to not play for the LA Angels for this new series against Houston, expect Tyler Wade, Matt Duffy, and Andrew Velazquez to treat it as another tryout. Whoever plays well in Fletcher's absence is more likely to receive playing time at second when Fletcher gets back.
Fletcher has of course been playing short to start the season, as he can play either spot at a very high level. He started off the year on a rough note while he was out there, hitting .077/.077/.231 (.308 OPS) in his five games (13 at-bats). He did, however, put his wheels to use on a triple for his lone hit of the season.
Hopefully this injury won't interfere with him getting back to 2020 form on offense. The Angels at least know, however, that they can always count on elite defense from him whenever he gets back.