The Los Angeles Angels are wrapping up a series with the Houston Astros, but the results have not been great as they lost the first two games and now sit 8.5 games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers.
However, they may soon be getting reinforcements to their roster as they look to continue their playoff push.
The list of injured players for Angels manager Phil Nevin is lengthy, with his most recent being Brandon Drury getting hit by a pitch on his left wrist on Tuesday. Although Drury was able to escape a stint on the injured list, the Angels had a number of players go down for long periods of time.
Anthony Rendon is the next position player of note that should soon become available, according to Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register:
The Angels finish this trip with four games in Houston, followed by an off day at home.
Nevin said the Angels “feel good about soon after that” off day to get Rendon back in the lineup.
Rendon hasn’t appeared in a game since May 13 when he landed on the IL with a left groin strain. The veteran infielder hinted that he had been working through the nagging issue for little over a week prior to it becoming a growing concern.
The plus side is that it seems the Angels got ahead of the problem before it worsened. The unfortunate part is that in the month prior to going down, Rendon posted a .365/.485/.462 slash in 52 at-bats before going on the IL.
His insertion back into their lineup provides them with a key bat, capable of driving in runs when needed. The former World Series champion has spent most of his time with the Angels on the IL, and a solid run of play could remedy a lot of worries from fans.
Angels reliever Matt Moore upset over injury
Angels bullpen has been the continued success of several bullpen acquisitions from this past offseason. Carlos Estévez and Matt Moore have been the two that general manager Perry Minasian sought out in free agency, and they’ve both performed quite well.
Estévez is a perfect 13-of-13 in save opportunities at the backend, while also posting a 1.50 ERA with a subtle .193 batting average allowed in 24 innings pitched. His high-powered arsenal was exactly what Minasian banked on and Moore has been right there.
Unfortunately for Moore, he strained his oblique and landed on the IL amid a fantastic run of success.
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