Cowart was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake City on Monday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
With Yunel Escobar (thumb) healthy enough to return to the lineup Monday, Cowart was sent back to the minors even after going 2-for-3 in his first game with the Angels this season. He'll head back to Salt Lake City for the time being, where he owns a .315/.387/.467 triple slash in 68 games this season. The 25-year-old could find himself back in the majors down the road if Danny Espinosa and Cliff Pennington continue to struggle at second base. Jefry Marte was recalled in a corresponding roster move.
Cowart went 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of RBI in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.
The utility infielder was promoted to the majors and immediately delivered while filling in for Yunel Escobar (thumb). Escobar was seen playing catch on the field prior to Sunday's contest, so he may not require much more time off. That said, the Angels' offensive struggles at the keystone could open up playing time for Cowart. The 25-year-old slashed a healthy .315/.387/.467 with seven home runs and 15 steals in 68 games with Triple-A Salt Lake.
Cowart was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Cowart will head to the majors for the first time in 2017 after logging 68 games for Salt Lake. He has recently been heating up at the Triple-A club, and even hit for the cycle with five RBI last Thursday. Now in the majors, Cowart will start at third and bat eighth in the order his first day up, per Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register.
Formerly one of the Angels' top prospects, Cowart hasn't been able to make a mark with the big club while appearing in 65 games over the past two seasons, batting just .176/.210/.267. The 24-year-old switch-hitter will presumably serve in an everyday role at Triple-A Salt Lake, but the Angels likely aren't earmarking him for anything more than short-term appointment to the big leagues when injuries thin the infield ranks.
Cowart said Monday that he has altered his swing this offseason in hopes of enhancing his offensive production, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
After slashing .176/.184/.259 in 87 plate appearances with the Angels last season, Cowart will be hoping his newly-tweaked swing can help him unlock some of the potential he once showed as a former high-end prospect. However, barring a miraculous turnaround at the plate during spring training, the 24-year-old infielder will likely spend much of the 2017 season back with Triple-A Salt Lake.
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