It’s been well documented to this point that the Los Angeles Angels have massively struggled with injury this season. With Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon’s returns from the IL still to be determined, the Angels are trying to figure out whether or not Jared Walsh and Alex Cobb will need to join them.
Cobb was in the middle of another solid outing over the weekend against the Minnesota Twins. He was through five innings of two-run baseball and even stepped out on the mound to begin the sixth. However, before he could throw a pitch, he asked to be removed from the game due to a forming blister.
After the game, both Cobb and the Angels said that the issue should not be anything long-term, but the days following would be the determining factor. With three days passing since, the Angels are still unsure about his next start or a potential IL stint, according to MLB.com:
An IL stint was not ruled out for Cobb, whose blister was described as underneath the skin of his right index finger. Cobb left his start on Friday against the Twins when the blister flared up after five innings. Manager Joe Maddon said he would not feel comfortable having Cobb throw with the issue present. Back in May, Cobb missed two weeks with a blister on his right middle finger.
Walsh, on the other hand, left Monday’s game against the Colorado Rockies after feeling something in his abdomen. There have been little-to-no indications about what that injury may be, but an IL stint has not been ruled out for Walsh either, meaning he’ll likely be out longer than just one day.
Manager Joe Maddon said Walsh was moving around better than anticipated after he injured his side on Monday against the Rockies. Walsh said he felt something in his abdomen when he swung in last at-bat. An IL stint is still to be determined.
Both Walsh and Cobb have positives and negatives to their most recent injury reports. However, the Angels have had a tendency this season to be overly optimistic with their initial reports. It’s unclear yet if this will follow the same pattern.
Cobb wants to stay in Anaheim
When asked about the possibility of being traded at Friday’s deadline, Cobb made it clear that his allegiance was to the Angels. On two separate occasions, Cobb said that he wanted to stick it out with the Halos this season, believing that they can compete if some things go their way.