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) 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.
Ackley (shoulder) has begun taking part in light throwing and batting practice, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. These are small but positive steps for Ackley as he recovers from a torn labrum that forced him to miss a majority of last year. The 29-year-old is still aiming to compete for a role on the Angels' bench this coming season, where he says he can play a variety of positions. Ackley's performance has fallen off in the past few years, so look for steadier progression before giving him any fantasy consideration.
Ackley (shoulder) has not yet been cleared to throw in spring training, but he has started taking ground balls, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Ackley is still recovering from surgery in June 2016 to repair a torn labrum. If he is able to secure a spot on the Halos' roster he will be strictly used for depth.
Ackley agreed to a minor league deal with the Angels on Saturday that includes an invitation to spring training. The 28-year-old has fallen off quite a bit since being drafted No. 2 overall in 2009. He missed most of last season recovering from a torn labrum, but he struggled in the few appearances he was given. Ackley owns a career .241/.304/.367 line, and will likely serve as depth if he catches on with the Angels.