Ward went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in a 5-1 loss to the Astros on Tuesday.
Ward went yard in the eighth inning off Lance McCullers for the Angels' only run of the night. In fact, he tallied two of the team's three hits. The 27-year-old may be a sneaky call-up for the Angels, as he's collected two homers and four RBI in seven games as an outfield fill-in while others deal with injuries. He's only batting .217 right now, but it's a small sample, and he hit .277 through 102 plate appearances in 2020.
Ward went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Friday in the Angels' 9-2 win over the Dodgers.
Ward homered off Julio Urias as a part of a four-run second inning. The home run was Ward's first hit this season. He's started in three games since getting called up May 5. The 27-year-old is a primary fill-in for the Angels while they deal with multiple injuries. Albert Pujols being designated for assignment may open up a more long-term spot on the roster for Ward.
Ward was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday and is starting in right field against the Rays.
The 27-year-old missed the Opening Day roster and will join the Angels for the first time this season. Ward posted a .277/.333/.383 slash line in 102 plate appearances for the Halos during 2020.
Ward (personal) is on the Angels' four-man taxi squad for their road trip that begins Thursday in Houston, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ward had been absent from workouts at the Angels' alternate site over the weekend due to a personal issue, but his inclusion on the taxi squad would seem to suggest that the matter has been addressed. He'll likely be the Angels' top option for a call-up if the big club requires another bench bat at any point during the road trip.
Ward has not been playing because of what Angels manager Joe Maddon described as "different things going on in the world today," Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Further specifics of Ward's absence were not discussed, and no timeline was given for his return to action. The 27-year-old didn't break camp with the club but was considered among the top options for a call-up in the event of a pressing need. That scenario recently played out after multiple Angels outfielders went down with injury, but Scott Schebler was the outfielder who was summoned from the alternate site.
Ward was optioned to minor-league camp Friday.
Ward is capable of playing all over the field, including both corner-infield and corner-outfield positions as well as catcher. However, that defensive versatility was not enough for him to make the Opening Day roster. On the other hand, it should help him return to the big leagues at some point in the 2021 season if the Angels find themselves in need of depth.
Ward started behind the plate in Sunday's Cactus League win over the Mariners, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
Ward isn't entirely new to the backstop position -- he was drafted as a catcher in 2015 and began his minor-league career at the position -- but he hasn't seen time behind the plate in a professional game since 2017. The positional flexibility could help Ward stick in the big leagues and earn additional playing time. However, he has struggled at the plate thus far in spring training, collecting only one hit (a home run) in nine at-bats.
Ward has been getting work in at catcher in Angels camp, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Ward was drafted as a catcher in 2015, but he subsequently shifted to third base and is now tabbed to get most of his playing time in the outfield. Though the 27-year-old is unlikely to spend much time behind the plate in the regular season, manager Joe Maddon indicated that his value to the team will increase if he proves capable of catching. As it stands, Ward appears headed for a reserve role to begin the campaign.
Ward went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs Tuesday in the Angels' 4-2 win over the Padres.
Ward has been one of the Angels' hottest hitters in September, slashing .422/.469/.600 with seven extra-base hits in 45 at-bats on the month. He'll hit seventh in Wednesday's series finale and will man right field, where he's overtaken the struggling Jo Adell as the Angels' primary option.
Ward will start in right field and will bat seventh Sunday against the Rangers.
Ward has seemingly displaced Jo Adell as the Angels' top right fielder, as the former picks up his fourth straight start while the latter is on the bench again. Adell remains a bigger part of the Angels' long-term future, but Ward's hot finish to 2020 could put him in the mix for a spot on the Los Angeles roster next season. Through 13 games in September, Ward has gone 16-for-35 (.457 average) with five doubles, one triple, seven runs, three RBI and two stolen bases.
Ward went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base during the Angels' 7-3 Thursday afternoon victory over the Diamondbacks.
The 26-year-old is 10-for-19 over his last seven games with two stolen bases. Ward is a candidate to see an increase in at-bats with the Angels out of the playoff picture.
Ward was recalled by the Angels on Thursday.
Ward spent several weeks at the Angels' alternate training site after seeing limited playing time during his first stint with the team. However, he'll return to the major-league club to take the place of David Fletcher (ankle), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday. Ward hit just .147/.216/.206 over 37 plate appearances to begin the season.
Ward was optioned to the Angels' alternate training site Tuesday.
The utility man has not done much with his sporadic playing time this season, hitting .147/.216/.206 over 37 plate appearances. Jaime Barria was called up in a corresponding move.
Ward got an "extensive" workout at first base Sunday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times of reports.
Ward has spent most of his time in the outfield this season, but the Angels may be looking to try him out at first base more often given Albert Pujols' slow start and the team's lack of depth at the position. Pujols has been out of the starting lineup each of the previous two games for the Halos, with Tommy La Stella -- who typically starts at second base -- taking over at first. Ward could benefit from any decrease in Pujols' playing time, though the former has had his own struggles this season, slashing a meek .147/.216/.206.
Ward is included on the Angels' 30-man roster.
Though Ward is not the primary or backup option at any particular position, his versatility could prove valuable given the uncertain nature of the 2020 campaign. Most importantly, the 26-year-old is capable of playing catcher, allowing the Angels to carry him as a contingency option behind Jason Castro and Max Stassi.
Ward's path to making the Angels' Opening Day roster is as a corner outfielder, but he would be the team's third catcher if he does break camp with Los Angeles, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange Country Register reports.
Ward performed well in Cactus League play, posting a .308/.357/.538 slash line with one home run and four RBI. That has given a boost to his chances of making the Opening Day roster, though Michael Hermosillo's much stronger spring (.450/.476/.850, two home runs) could block Ward from claiming a backup spot in the outfield. Still, it's too early to count Ward out completely given his ability to play catcher -- he logged 153 games at the position in the minors between 2016 and 2017 -- and the possibility of expanded rosters to begin the 2020 campaign.
Ward enjoyed a strong spring but was likely surpassed by Michael Hermosillo in a competition for one of the final spots on the Angels' Opening Day roster, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Though Ward performed well in Cactus League play -- he batted .308 with one home run, four RBI and a .896 OPS -- he was outshone by Hermosillo, who hit .450 with a pair of homers, seven RBI, two stolen bases and a 1.326 OPS. That has given Hermosillo a leg up in a bid for a big-league roster spot as an extra outfielder, especially when considering his superior defense. If Hermosillo does in fact break camp with the Angels, Ward is likely to open the season back with Triple-A Salt Lake.
Ward went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in a loss to Oakland on Wednesday.
Ward plated the Angels' first run with a shot to center field in the first inning. The homer was his first this season and seventh in his career. Since being called up to the big club on Sept. 1, Ward is slashing .217/.280/.391 with 10 strikeouts in 25 plate appearances.
Ward did not travel with the team Sunday due to illness but is back in the lineup at DH Wednesday, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The illness explains why Ward was out of the lineup in the opener of the three-game series against the Yankees on Tuesday. Fortunately, the 25-year-old has joined the team in New York and is batting seventh Wednesday. Ward is slashing .111/.200/.222 with 10 strikeouts in 20 major-league plate appearances this season.
Ward's defensive struggles have led the Angels to play him in left field, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Ward was drafted as a catcher in 2015 but struggled both defensively and offensively while playing behind the plate. The Angels tried him at third base last season, and while his offense improved, he struggled defensively at the hot corner during spring training and a brief callup to the majors early this season. A move to the outfield followed, and Ward has stuck there since, describing the position as "very comfortable." The 25-year-old came on as a defensive replacement in left field Wednesday and made his first major-league start there Thursday, handling the position without difficulty. He figures to get more playing time in the outfield moving forward, particularly with Justin Upton battling a knee issue and Mike Trout missing multiple games with an ailing toe.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/15||@ BOS||L 0-9||2||0||1||0||0||2||0|
|05/14||@ BOS||L 3-4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/12||@ HOU||L 1-9||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/11||@ HOU||L 1-5||3||1||2||1||1||0||0|
|05/10||@ HOU||W 5-4||4||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/09||vs LAD||W 2-1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/08||vs LAD||L 11-14||3||1||1||0||2||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2017||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||54||207||32||50||11||1||6||30||35||43||0||0||.241||.348||.391|
|2018||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||60||227||42||80||18||0||8||35||36||61||10||2||.352||.442||.537|
|2019||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||106||421||102||129||34||1||27||71||80||101||11||5||.306||.427||.584|