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Angels' Max Stassi: Not starting Friday
Stassi is out of the lineup Friday against the Twins, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Stassi started the last two games and will receive the day off Friday. Kurt Suzuki will catch for Alex Cobb and bat fifth in his absence.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jared Walsh: Receives breather Friday
Walsh is out of the lineup Friday at Minnesota, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Walsh started the past 19 games at first base, but he'll head to the bench Friday while going through a 2-for-22 slump over his past five contests. Phil Gosselin will cover first base in his place.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Sits amid slump
Ohtani is not in the lineup Friday against the Twins, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Including days he's pitched, Ohtani has been in the lineup for each of the past 30 games, and he'll receive the day off Friday while mired in a 4-for-24 slump since the All-Star break. He's especially struggled over the past two contests with six strikeouts, so it's not a bad idea to provide him a day to reset. Justin Upton will serve as the designated hitter in his place while Juan Lagares starts in left field.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Post-break struggles continue
Ohtani went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's win over the Twins.
Believers in the mostly-debunked Home Run Derby curse are likely keeping tabs on Ohtani's performance, as he has gone 4-for-24 with 14 strikeouts since he participated in the contest. That said, manager Joe Maddon indicated that he is not worried about the two-way star in spite of his recent struggles, per the Associated Press. "He feels good. He's upbeat. He's constantly conversing with everybody. He'll come out of this thing. He's not going to be perfect all year," Maddon said.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Justin Upton: Hitless in return
Upton went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's win over Minnesota.
The veteran outfielder played in his first game since June 22 and was unable to reach base. He had been leading off prior to going on the injured list with a lower back strain but slotted into the No. 3 spot in the order Thursday. Given David Fletcher's recent scorching-hot stretch, it appears likely that Upton's days as a leadoff hitter are over, at least in the short term.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Raisel Iglesias: Secures 20th save
Iglesias picked up the save Thursday against the Twins after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, fanning one.
Iglesias notched his fourth straight scoreless outing and continues to be one of the best late-inning relievers in the American League, as he has gone 20-for-23 in save chances this season. The seven-year veteran owns a career-best 0.88 WHIP across 43.1 innings in 39 appearances, and he has also posted a strong 2.08 ERA in eight outings this month.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Andrew Heaney: Bounces back with quality start
Heaney (6-7) earned the win Thursday against the Twins after tossing seven innings of two-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks while fanning seven.
Heaney hadn't pitched more than 5.1 innings in any of his three previous starts, but he bounced back admirably here with his longest outing of the campaign and his sixth quality start of the year. The veteran southpaw owns a 5.40 ERA since the beginning of June, but this outing was clearly a step in the right direction. He's expected to make his next start next week at home against the Rockies.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jack Mayfield: Belts three-run shot
Mayfield went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Thursday's win over Minnesota.
Mayfield smacked his second homer of the last four games with a three-run shot off Kenta Maeda in the fifth inning, and that would be all the offense the Angels would need to come away with the win. It's worth noting that this was Mayfield's second long ball of the year, and he's seeing the ball better of late with hits in three of his last four contests after an 0-for-12 slump in June and July that included him being released by the Mariners and claimed by the Angels off waivers.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Mike Trout: Ramping up activity
Trout (calf) ran the bases, participated in outfield drills and took swings Thursday, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Trout has ramped up his running within the past few days, and he's now progressed to some baseball activity. Though he continues to take steps toward a return, there's still no word on when he will begin a rehab assignment. He should be able to progress quickly through any game action in the minors, so a return in the final days of July could still be realistic.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Optioned to Triple-A
Ward was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday.
Ward had been out of the lineup in two of the last five games, but he was still relatively effective and went 5-for-11 with a home run, two doubles, three RBI and three runs across his last four appearances. He'll return to the minors after Justin Upton (back) was reinstated from the injured list Thursday, and Adam Eaton could see increased playing time in right field going forward.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Justin Upton: Reinstated from injured list
Upton (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Thursday.
Upton had been on the injured list with a lower back strain since late June, but he recently appeared in two rehab games at Triple-A Salt Lake and went 1-for-7 with a solo home run, a walk and four strikeouts. The 33-year-old should be available going forward, and he's starting in left field and batting third during Thursday's series opener in Minnesota. Outfielder Taylor Ward was sent down in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Moves up to Triple-A
Rodriguez was promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
Rodriguez still has a good chance to start long-term, but he made the Angels' Opening Day roster in a relief role. He recorded a 3.66 ERA in 19.2 innings, relying on a strong 60.7 percent groundball rate to make up for a mediocre 20:11 K:BB. He's been stretching out as a starter with Double-A Rocket City for the past month, reaching four innings in his most recent outing, and he will continue that process at the highest level of the minors going forward. He could be a rotation option down the stretch if the Angels are happy with his minor-league performance.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Reid Detmers: Promoted to Triple-A
Detmers will be promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
Detmers is one of the Angels' top prospects, and he's been effective at Double-A Rocket City to begin the year. He has a stellar 16.17 K/9 and has posted a 3.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 54 innings across 12 starts. It's not yet clear whether the 22-year-old could be in consideration for a major-league roster spot at some point in 2021, but he'll get a chance to prove himself against a higher level of competition going forward.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Justin Upton: Through two games in rehab stint
Upton (back) has gone 1-for-7 with a solo home run, a walk and four strikeouts in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake.
The veteran homered in his first at-bat with the Triple-A club Monday but has gone 0-for-6 with four strikeouts since. Most importantly, he has not suffered any setbacks with the lower back strain that has kept him out of big-league action since June 22. Upton appears to be closing in on a return to the Angels.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Brandon Marsh: Swipes first big-league bag
Marsh went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in a loss to the Athletics on Tuesday.
The rookie was one of three Angels to reach base more than once in the contest, and he notched his first stolen base as a major-leaguer following a sixth-inning walk. Marsh collected double-digit steals each year in the minors between 2017 and 2019, so he can certainly be an asset in that department for fantasy managers. Through three games with the Angels, he has gone 4-for-11 at the plate.... See More ... See Less
Angels' David Fletcher: Swipes fifth bag
Fletcher went 1-for-5 with a stolen base Tuesday in a loss to Oakland.
Fletcher led off the third inning with a single and subsequently stole second base, but the Angels were unable to bring him home. The infielder recently had his 26-game hit streak snapped, but since that time, he has gone 3-for-8 with a double over two games.... See More ... See Less
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