Injuries derailed Dustin Ackley's season early on, and the utility man ultimately underwent season-ending surgery in May to repair a torn labrum after appearing in just 28 games. And when he did play, things weren't going well as he was just 1-for-16 in April and ended his campaign hitting .148 and without an extra-base hit. Ackley was released by the Yankees in November and at this point it's fair to wonder if the 2009 second overall pick may be running out of major league chances. Ackley's career slash line of .241/.304/.367 doesn't do much to inspire confidence and he's losing defensive utility as he nears 30, becoming more of a first-base/corner-outfield type. After signing with the Angels on a minor league contract, regular time will be unlikely without an injury in front of him on the depth chart.
Ackley (shoulder) went 1-for-4 with two runs, one RBI and one strikeout in the first game of the season for Triple-A Salt Lake. He was deployed as the DH, and should eventually slot into the field once his shoulder improves. Ackley is simply expected to serve as organizational depth this season, and the Angels would need to purchase his contract and add him to the 40-man roster if they want to summon him from Triple-A.
Ackley (shoulder) was reassigned to the Angels' minor-league camp on Friday. It serves as another indication that Ackley will begin the season at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he will continue to rehab his ailing shoulder. The lefty had just five hits in 10 Cactus League games this spring, so he'll look to boost both his health and overall production in the minors.
Ackley (shoulder) is expected to be assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake shortly after the regular season begins, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Ackley has been limited by a shoulder injury throughout spring training, preventing him from doing anything more than serving as the DH. As of now, the plan is for Ackley to remain in Arizona at the team's facility when the regular season begins, and he's expected to be optioned to Salt Lake following the conclusion of the team's season-opening four-game set against the Athletics.
Ackley (shoulder) will serve as the DH and bat sixth in the order in Wednesday's split-squad game against the Mariners. Ackley's shoulder injury has limited him to just six appearances all spring, and the fact that he's still confined to DH duties doesn't bode well for the non-roster invitee's chances of winning an Opening Day spot. If Ackley fails to break camp with the Angels, he'll likely begin the campaign at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Ackley (shoulder) played in a B-game Thursday as the designated hitter, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Ackley stated that he still isn't ready to play defense in games yet, but manager Mike Scioscia was encouraged by the progress the utility man made and said he looked good in his first glimpse of action. Once he is able to play the field, the 29-year-old is expected to begin by playing first base before progressing to more throwing-intensive positions. As he advances more in his fielding capability, a timetable for his full return should become clearer.