Ackley signed a minor-league contract with the Angels on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Ackley is back with the Angels after spending all of the 2017 season with their Triple-A affiliate. The second overall pick in the 2009 draft will report to Triple-A Salt Lake, where he hit .261/.340/.376 across 116 games last year. He'll serve as organizational depth.
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.