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Angels' Taylor Ward: Knocks in two runs in win
Ward went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base in Monday's 4-3 victory against the White Sox.
Ward produced the key hit for Los Angeles in the contest, doubling in the seventh inning to knock in the tying and winning runs. The outfielder has continued his breakout campaign with an eight-game hitting streak during which he is slashing .394/.444/.576 with a home run, seven runs, five RBI and a stolen base. Ward has a .965 OPS overall this season, ranking sixth among AL batters with at least 150 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Productive again Monday
Ward went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Royals.
Ward accounted for the Angels' two runs in the game, hitting a solo shot in the third inning and an RBI single in the fifth. He was the only Angels batter to record multiple hits in the contest, his third such effort in his last eight games. The 28-year-old is up to a .313/.406/.578 slash line with 11 homers, 28 RBI, 35 runs scored and a stolen base across 192 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Notches three hits Sunday
Ward went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Mariners.
Ward snapped an 0-for-13 skid at the plate with this three-hit effort. He's now gone 11 contests without an extra-base hit, going 8-for-45 in that span (.178), which included a minimum stay on the injured list. The 28-year-old's strong Sunday allowed his slash line to rebound to .309/.404/.562, but it appears regression has taken hold a bit after he was one of the hottest hitters in the game over the first two months of the season. He's added 10 home runs, 26 RBI, a career-high 34 runs and a stolen base in 45 games.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Trio of hits, two runs in win
Ward went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Mariners.
All three of Ward's hits were singles, and that served well to set the table for both of Mike Trout's home runs in the contest. This snapped Ward's 0-for-8 skid at the plate in two games since he returned from the injured list. The 28-year-old outfielder is up to a .324/.427/.607 slash line with 10 home runs, 26 RBI, 32 runs scored and a stolen base across 171 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Quiet in return
Ward (hamstring/neck) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Dodgers.
Ward spent the minimum 10 days on the injured list, but he was held in check by Tony Gonsolin and the Dodgers' bullpen in his return. Prior to landing on the IL, Ward was stuck in a 4-for-24 slump across eight games, cooling off after a strong start to the year. He still owns a robust .324/.432/.625 slash line with 10 home runs, 26 RBI, 30 runs scored and a stolen base in 39 contests, and he should slot back in as the Angels' main leadoff hitter now that he's healthy.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Activated, starting Tuesday
Ward (hamstring/neck) was activated from the 10-day injured list and is starting in right field against the Dodgers on Tuesday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
The 28-year-old is back from the injured list as expected Tuesday and will immediately reclaim his spot atop the lineup for the Halos. Ward has been sidelined since June 3 by a sore hamstring and a neck stinger, but he only ended up spending the 10-day minimum on the shelf. He has a .333/.443/.644 slash line with 10 home runs, 26 RBI, 30 runs and one stolen base through 38 games in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Targeting Tuesday return
Ward (hamstring/neck) has been progressing in his recovery, and he's expected to return from the injured list when first eligible against the Dodgers on Tuesday, Sarah Wexler of MLB.com reports.
Ward has been battling a sore right hamstring as well as a neck stinger, but Angels head trainer Mike Frostad said Wednesday that the outfielder is progressing well from both issues. "We're still working through it a little bit," said Frostad. "I mean, I wouldn't say it's completely healed, but he's still able to throw and he's able to hit and he's pain free with everything. So that's the biggest thing, is he's not feeling any soreness." His activation will likely lessen the playing time of both Jo Adell and Juan Lagares, who have been logging time in right field in Ward's place.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: To IL with hamstring injury
Ward was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right hamstring strain, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
He suffered the injury in Friday's game, and it appears that the issue is more serious than the team originally let on. Jo Adell was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Ward will be eligible to return June 14.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Available off bench
Ward (hamstring) will be available off the bench if needed during Saturday's game against the Phillies, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
Ward is out of the lineup for Saturday's matchup after exiting Friday's loss to Philadelphia due to right hamstring tightness. However, he said prior to Saturday's game that his hamstring is feeling better, so he should be available as a reserve. Although Juan Lagares is starting in right field Saturday, it appears likely that Ward will avoid a trip to the injured list.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Not in Saturday's lineup
Ward (hamstring) isn't starting Saturday against the Phillies.
Ward exited Friday's matchup against Philadelphia due to right hamstring tightness after making a diving attempt in the outfield. He'll be out of the lineup a day later, but it's not yet clear whether he's available off the bench. Juan Lagares is starting in right field and batting eighth.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Exits with hamstring tightness
Ward left Friday's game against the Phillies with right hamstring tightness.
He made a diving attempt in the outfield and chased down the ball before throwing it into the infield and it seems he tweaked his hamstring at some point during that play. As it is just being labeled tightness and not a strain, Ward should be considered day-to-day for now.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Exits with undisclosed injury
Ward left Friday's game after making a diving attempt in the outfield, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
He was able to chase down the ball and throw it in to the infield, but apparently something happened on the dive that necessitated him being removed from the game. Ward went 1-for-3 with a strikeout before being replaced by Juan Lagares.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Goes deep in return
Ward (shoulder) went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI, two total runs scored and a walk in Sunday's 11-10 loss to the Blue Jays.
Ward was limited to one game as the designated hitter while dealing with a shoulder injury that kept him out for much of the last week. He was back in right field Sunday, and he was able to make an impact with a two-run homer in the fourth inning and an RBI double in the sixth. The 28-year-old is up to a .359/.472/.709 slash line with 10 homers, 26 RBI, 29 runs scored, a stolen base, seven doubles and two triples through 142 plate appearances this year. He's regularly hit leadoff when healthy, so he should continue to be in a prime run-scoring position as long as he doesn't suffer any injury setbacks.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Returning to outfield Sunday
Ward (shoulder) is starting in right field and batting leadoff Sunday against the Blue Jays, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Ward served as the designated hitter Friday but otherwise sat out the past six games, but he's been cleared to play the field and will do so in Sunday's series finale versus Toronto. The 28-year-old has a 1.113 OPS with four home runs, 10 RBI and a 12:14 BB:K through 16 games in May.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Not in Saturday's lineup
Ward (shoulder) will sit Saturday against the Blue Jays, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
Ward served as the designated hitter Friday after sitting for the previous five games due to a shoulder issue. He's yet to be cleared to throw, and the designated hitter spot is blocked again Saturday with Shohei Ohtani returning from a brief absence due to back stiffness, so Ward may continue to sit for the next few days until he's ready to take the field. Juan Lagares will start in right field.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Returns as DH on Friday
Ward (shoulder) is batting leadoff as the designated hitter Friday against the Blue Jays, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
The 28-year-old entered as a pinch hitter Thursday after Shohei Ohtani was removed with back stiffness, and Ohtani is out of the lineup Friday. Ward said he feels "marginally better" but has yet to be cleared to throw, so it seems unlikely he'll be able to play the field in the immediate future. Ward should remain the Angels' DH until Ohtani is able to rejoin the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Progress lacking
Ward (shoulder) will be unable to play in the outfield until at least Saturday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Ward has been out of the lineup for the last five games, but the team is resistant to putting him on the injured list because he is capable of pinch-hitting. The primary issue is Ward's fit in the lineup while he cannot play defense, as Shohei Ohtani occupies the designated hitter role. Per Sam Blum of The Athletic, Ward did not make progress Thursday and is not currently throwing in any capacity.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Remains out of lineup
Ward (shoulder/neck) isn't starting Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
Ward will be out of the lineup for a fifth consecutive game as he continues to deal with neck and shoulder issues, but he underwent an MRI that came back clean Tuesday. The 28-year-old has been available to pinch hit recently, but he hasn't yet been cleared to throw or play the field. Juan Lagares will start in right field and bat seventh.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Sitting again Wednesday
Ward (shoulder/neck) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
The 28-year-old had an MRI come back clean Tuesday but has yet to be cleared to throw or play the field, as he could worsen the injury. Ward didn't appear in Tuesday's contest but was reportedly available to pinch hit, and the same figures to be true Wednesday. According to Blum, manager Joe Maddon said Ward is feeling about 10 percent better than Tuesday. With Shohei Ohtani a staple of the lineup at designated hitter regardless of whether or not he's pitching, Ward could be limited to bench duties for the near future if the Angels opt to keep him on the active roster.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: MRI clean, kept from throwing
Ward had an MRI on his neck and shoulder come back clean Tuesday and is available to pinch hit against the Rangers, though he hasn't been cleared to throw and cannot yet play the field, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Ward is out of the lineup for the third straight game Tuesday since crashing into the outfield wall Friday. He's not dealing with structural damage in his neck or shoulder, but the injury could apparently still get worse by throwing and playing the field, per Sam Blum of The Athletic. For most teams Ward would be able to shift to designated hitter while going through his recovery, but Shohei Ohtani is locked in at the position for the Angels. It remains to be seen how manager Joe Maddon and the team handle the situation from here, but Ward's opportunities may be limited in the immediate future.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 5-10, 190 lbs|
|Birthplace: Dayton, OH|
|School: Fresno State|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|