Player News - Angels

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Garrett Richards gave up five runs – one earned – over five innings of work Tuesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Chris Young failed to corral a line drive in the bottom of the first inning with two outs, which led to four unearned runs for Richards. It makes his final line – which included six hits, two walks and four strikeouts – much more digestible. Richards has been inconsistent this season, often alternating good and bad starts. He’ll carry a 3.31 ERA into Detroit the next time out.
May 22 - 9:54 PM

Albert Pujols drove in his first run in 10 games with an RBI single Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Pujols' base knock in the fourth inning plated Mike Trout to get the Angels on the board. It was the first run that he's driven in since May 9, although he still has a respectable 22 RBI on the season. Pujols is hitting just .234 with one home run over his last 20 games.
May 22 - 9:45 PM

Angels released INF/OF Ryan Schimpf.

Schimpf was batting just .178/.288/.355 over 125 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level. The 30-year-old will try to latch on with a new organization.
May 22 - 6:49 PM

An MRI taken Monday on the right elbow of Blake Wood showed damage to his ulnar collateral ligament.

That's a diagnosis that often leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but Wood will seek an additional opinion before any decisions are made on that front. He's been on the disabled list since April 22.
May 22 - 4:35 PM

The Angels have promoted prospect outfielder Jo Adell to High-A Inland Empire.

It's a well-deserved promotion for the 2017 first-round pick. Adell mashed for Low-A Burlington to the tune of a .326/.398/.611 batting line with six homers and four steals over 25 games. The 19-year-old was ranked as the No. 46 prospect in the game by Baseball America back in January and he's done nothing to hurt that standing. He's one of the more exciting outfield prospects in the minors. Brandon Marsh, another promising outfield prospect for the Angels, was also recently promoted to High-A.
May 22 - 12:41 PM

Angels LHP prospect Jose Suarez fanned 11 hitters over five shutout innings on Monday for Double-A Mobile.

Suarez allowed just two hits and he walked just one. With the 11 strikeouts and just the one free pass, he now owns an exceptional 69/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and he's posted a 2.79 ERA over his first 38 2/3 innings this year. Suarez locates everything, and while his stuff isn't overpowering, he does have three usable pitches, and the change is a swing-and-miss pitch. Suarez could see time in Triple-A this year, and he has a chance to contribute to the Los Angeles rotation at some point in 2019.
May 22 - 11:12 AM

Shohei Ohtani struck out nine while allowing two runs over 7 2/3 innings in the Angels' 5-2 win over the Rays Sunday.

Ohtani gave up six hits, including a solo homer, and walked one in the contest. It was the third time in seven starts this year that he's struck out nine or more, and he's got five quality starts in those seven outings. The 23-year-old epitome of a dual threat is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 52/14 K/BB ratio on the bump and is hitting .321/.367/.619 in 84 at-bats. A big test looms for Ohtani next weekend when the Halos visit the Yankees.
May 20 - 8:30 PM

Martin Maldonado hit a solo home run and had an RBI sacrifice fly in Sunday's win over the Rays.

Maldonado plated a run in the fourth inning with the fly out, then attacked a 3-1 offering from Rays reliever Anthony Banda in the eighth inning for his second homer of the year. Not asked to do much offensively as the Angels' everyday backstop, Maldonado is hitting .248/.322/.362 in 33 games overall this year.
May 20 - 8:20 PM

Blake Parker was called up to close out Sunday's win over the Rays, striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.

Nobody really has any idea what to make of the back end of the Angels' bullpen with Keynan Middleton now sidelined, so it's worth noting that Parker got the call to protect a three-run lead. He did it with little drama, allowing a hit but striking out two, including Johnny Field to end it, for his second save of the year. Parker is perhaps the most talented option that exists for manager Mike Scioscia, one who could provide some strikeouts and good ratios for fantasy owners along with saves. If he's available in your league, it's worth speculating that Sunday was a harbinger for things to come.
May 20 - 8:12 PM

Angels transferred RHP Keynan Middleton from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jose Briceno. Middleton is out for the season following Tommy John surgery.
May 20 - 2:00 PM

Angels purchased the contract of C Jose Briceno from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Briceno was acquired along with Andrelton Simmons in the deal that sent Sean Newcomb to the Braves. He's a defense-first catcher who will back up Martin Maldonado while Rene Rivera (knee) is out.
May 20 - 1:58 PM

Angels placed C Rene Rivera on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 17, with right knee inflammation.

It's unclear at this point how long he might be sidelined. Jose Briceño is up to back up Martin Maldonado.
May 20 - 1:56 PM

Justin Upton (hand) was hitless in four at-bats in his return to the lineup Saturday against the Rays.

Upton left Thursday's game after being plunked on the hand by a pitch. Despite the fact he took the collar with two at-bats it is safe to get him back into the active fantasy lineup since he played the full game without any setbacks.
May 20 - 1:17 AM

Mike Trout finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI in Saturday's home loss against Tampa Bay.

Trout went without an extra-base hit in 10 consecutive outings from May 8-17. He is making up for lost time against the Rays pitching staff, collecting a double and two homers over the past two outings. He'll look to continue the offensive onslaught on Sunday in the series finale against Sergio Romo.
May 20 - 1:10 AM

Andrew Heaney allowed four unearned runs, three hits and five walks with seven strikeouts over six innings in a loss against the visiting Rays.

Jefry Marte had a huge throwing error in the second inning, turning a quality start into a loss for Heaney. He is 2-2 with a 1.38 ERA with 24 strikeouts across 26 innings and four quality starts in four outings since flipping the calendar from April to May. He'll look for better defense and run support in his next scheduled start which will likely come Thursday in Toronto or Friday on the road against the Yankees.
May 20 - 1:06 AM


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