La Stella is expected to start at second base against right-handed pitchers if a 2020 season takes place, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
There had been murmurs of a potential move to first base for La Stella, but manager Joe Maddon quashed that idea and indicated that he wants the veteran to start at second base against righties. That leaves David Fletcher to man the position versus southpaws, though his positional versatility should keep the contact specialist's bat in the lineup on a near-everyday basis.
La Stella (back) is leading off and starting at second base Saturday.
He missed a couple games with a stiff back, but it was evidently a minor issue. La Stella appears poised to lead off in front of Mike Trout this season, at least against right-handed pitchers.
The Angels scratched La Stella ahead of Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Mariners with a stiff back, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
La Stella had been scheduled to lead off for the Angels, the lineup spot he's occupied in all five of his spring appearances to date. Assuming the back issue proves to be nothing more than a day-to-day concern, La Stella should be ready to handle a full-time role atop the Los Angeles lineup once Opening Day arrives. La Stella was one of the many players around the league who saw a major spike in power in 2019 thanks to the juiced baseball; he batted .295 with 16 home runs -- 11 more than his previous career best -- despite playing in just 80 games due to injury.
Angels manager Joe Maddon has no plans to move La Stella to first base this season, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
There has been discussion that La Stella could slide over to play first base and Albert Pujols could move to the bench given Los Angeles' crowded infield situation. Manager Joe Maddon indicated Sunday, "I've never seen Tommy play a whole lot of first base. I'm not saying it's impossible. It's just not a high priority yet, but it could be." The Angels plan on having any combination of La Stella, David Fletcher and right fielder Brian Goodwin in their lineup based on the opposing pitcher. La Stella has reunited with his old manager after playing four seasons with the Cubs from 2015-2018 and will try to follow up his career-best season at the plate in 2019 during which he slashed .295/.346/.486 with 16 home runs, 49 runs scored and 44 RBI.
La Stella agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Angels on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
He teamed up with the juiced baseball in 2019 to have his best season at the plate from a counting stat standpoint, as 16 of his 26 career home runs (476 career games) came last season. La Stella will be a free agent after this season.
La Stella (lower leg) went 0-for-4 in Friday's 4-0 loss to the Astros.
The lack of offense was a team-wide issue for La Stella and the Angels, who mustered just three hits and a walk against Astros starter Jose Urquidy and no baserunners against three relievers. If he plays again this season, it will likely be as the designated hitter.
La Stella (lower leg) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list prior to Friday's game against the Astros. He'll serve as the designated hitter and bat second.
La Stella will take the field for the first time since July after recovering from a fractured right leg. It's unclear if he'll be able to play in the field before the regular season comes to an end.
La Stella (lower leg) is expected to serve as the designated hitter for Friday's game against the Astros, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
La Stella has been sidelined since the beginning of July due to a fractured right leg, but he should be cleared to start Friday with only a few games remaining in the regular season. Through 78 contests in 2019, he's hitting .300 with 16 homers and 44 RBI.
La Stella (leg) could play in a few games in the final series of the season against the Astros as the designated hitter, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
He will run the bases again Wednesday prior this weekend's four-game series against Houston. La Stella has not played in a game since July 2, so he will probably be pretty rusty at the plate if he does indeed get a few starts as the DH.
La Stella (leg) ran the bases Saturday and is still hoping to return to the field in the final week of the season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
La Stella has been out since July 2 but remains hopeful that he'll return to the lineup before the season is over. To this point, he's participated in agility and running drills. With just over a week remaining in the campaign, the Angels will have to make a quick decision for La Stella to return in any significant way.
La Stella (lower leg) has taken part in agility drills and running this week but remains without a clear timeline to resume playing in games, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.
La Stella continues to hold out hope for a return from the 60-day injured list, but he still has multiple hurdles to clear in his rehab program and is running out of time to do so. Even if La Stella makes it back from the IL before season's end, the Angels probably wouldn't ask him to play on an everyday basis coming off a fractured right tibia that has sidelined him since early July.
La Stella (leg) is traveling with the Angels on their upcoming road trip and could be activated soon, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
La Stella is still experiencing discomfort in his right leg but has recently ramped up baseball activities. The team's decision to bring him on their six-day road swing through New York and Houston suggests that La Stella may be able to play at some point on the trip. The 30-year-old has not appeared in a game since fracturing his right leg July 2.
La Stella may be shut down for the season if he continues experiencing pain in his right leg, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
La Stella has advanced to live batting practice and fielding drills but has continued feeling discomfort in the leg he fractured in early July. Though the Angels hope La Stella can return this season, manager Brad Ausmus suggested Saturday that the 30-year-old could be shut down if the time comes when he no longer has a realistic chance of coming back. La Stella was enjoying a career season prior to his injury, earning his first All-Star berth by slashing .300/.353/.495 with 16 homers and 44 RBI in 78 games.
La Stella (leg) took live batting practice Thursday and could return to the active roster next week, the Associated Press reports.
La Stella is reportedly still experiencing discomfort in the leg he fractured in early July but continues to ramp up his activity in hopes of returning to the Angels before the end of the season. The 30-year-old was enjoying his best campaign as a pro, slashing .300/.353/.495 with 16 homers and 44 RBI before the injury put an abrupt hold on his season.
La Stella (leg) is experiencing discomfort while performing certain movements and may not be ready to return this weekend as hoped, the Associated Press reports.
La Stella was on track to return for the Angels' weekend series in Chicago after ramping up his activity to include fielding drills and batting practice, but continued discomfort in his right leg may put those those plans on hold. According to Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times, he's scheduled to face pitchers in a simulated game Thursday, after which an updated timetable for his return will hopefully emerge. The 30-year-old has been out of action since fouling a ball off his shin and fracturing his tibia July 2.
La Stella (lower leg) is scheduled to take batting practice on the field Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
La Stella continues to slowly ramp up his activities as he works his way back from a fractured right tibia he suffered in early July. While this is a step in the right direction for the 30-year-old, he's still limited to running on an anti-gravity treadmill, leaving him without a concrete timetable for this return.
La Stella (leg) resumed fielding ground balls and hitting off a tee Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
The resumption of light work on the field indicates that La Stella is beginning to ramp up his activity and may be able to return to the majors before the end of the season. The 30-year-old was enjoying his first All-Star season, slashing .300/.353/.495 with 16 homers and 44 RBI before hitting the injured list with a fractured right tibia in early July.
La Stella (leg) has been throwing, walking on a treadmill and running on an anti-gravity treadmill but is unsure when he will return, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
La Stella broke his leg in early July after a scorching start to the season that resulted in the first All-Star nod of his career. His original timetable for return was estimated to be 8-to-10 weeks, though it remains to be seen whether he'll recover in time to play at all this season.
La Stella has started running on an anti-gravity treadmill, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
In the midst of his first All-Star campaign, La Stella suffered a broken right tibia in early July and was subsequently placed on the 10-day injured list. Should his rehab go well, La Stella could be back on the field sometime in September.
La Stella was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a fractured right tibia. He is expected to miss 8-10 weeks.
The first-time All-Star fouled a ball off his shin Tuesday and this diagnosis is pretty much the worst-case scenario. It sounds like we won't see La Stella back in action until September, if we see him back on the field at all in 2019. Matt Thaiss was called up in a corresponding move and appears primed to take over as the starting third baseman for the Halos.
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