Thaiss was optioned to the alternate training site Wednesday. The 25-year-old received three straight starts after being recalled Sept. 8, but he didn't see the field in the past three contests. Thaiss is 3-for-21 with one home run, eight strikeouts and four walks in 25 plate appearances this year.
Thaiss is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. He'll be on the bench for the third straight game, and Thaiss is expected to stick in a reserve role for the foreseeable future after the Angels brought back David Fletcher (ankle) from the injured list Saturday. Thaiss has appeared in eight games with the big club this season, going 3-for-21 with a home run.
Thaiss will serve as the Angels' designated hitter and will bat second Thursday against the Rangers, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Thaiss will pick up his third straight start after assignments at second base Tuesday and in left field Wednesday. With David Fletcher (ankle) and Franklin Barreto (shoulder) on the shelf, the keystone likely represents Thaiss' most realistic path to consistent action in the short term. The lefty-hitting Thaiss could occupy the larger side of a platoon at the position with the switch-hitting Luis Rengifo.
Thaiss went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run Wednesday against the Rangers. Thaiss took Brett Martin yard in the seventh inning for his first home run of the season. He's spent the majority of the campaign at the team's alternate site and is likely to only serve as depth around the infield. However, it is worth noting that the Angels outfield is banged up and Thaiss earned the start in left field Wednesday.
Thaiss was recalled and will start Tuesday against the Rangers, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Thaiss was called up to fill in at second base for the Angels after Franklin Barreto (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday. Luis Rengifo (thumb) could be the favorite for playing time when he's healthy, but Thaiss will get the starting nod Tuesday while Rengifo remains day-to-day. Thaiss appeared in five major-league games earlier in the season and went 2-for-10 with two runs and three strikeouts.
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