Ward is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Ward is 1-for-17 in 20 plate appearances over his last five games, so he'll take a seat Saturday. Kaleb Cowart will start at third base and bat ninth for the Angels.
Ward is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers. Ward will head to the bench for the first time since earning a promotion to the majors in mid-August. Through 24 career games, the rookie is hitting just .214/.283/.357 with three homers and 30 strikeouts. Kaleb Cowart is starting at the hot corner in this one.
Ward went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 9-3 loss to Houston. Ward's seventh-inning shot off Dallas Keuchel highlighted what was otherwise an unspectacular offensive night for the Halos. The converted catcher is slashing .219/.265/.438 with two homers since his promotion, starting nine consecutive games at third base over that span.
Ward went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's win over the Rangers. He touched up Eddie Butler in the seventh inning for his first career homer. The 24-year-old has hit safely in four of his five starts so far, going 6-for-18 with two walks against four strikeouts. Ward posted a .352/.442/.537 line at Triple-A Salt Lake before getting the call -- impressive even when accounting for the setting -- and it looks like he will be the everyday starter at third base over the remainder of the season.
Ward was placed on the minor-league disabled list due to a cut on his finger, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Ward cut his finger packing and will spend some time on the shelf to allow the issue to heal. He was hitting .345/.453/.520 across 42 games with Double-A Mobile prior to suffering the injury. With little left to prove at Double-A, Ward is expected to report to Triple-A Salt Lake once he's activated from the disabled list.
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