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Luis Valbuena | Third Baseman | #18

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SEA
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Luis Valbuena (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Monday.
Working his way back from a right hamstring strain, Valbuena slated to play 5-7 games before being activated from the disabled list. With C.J. Cron struggling, Valbuena should play regularly against righties once he returns. Apr 23 - 1:26 PM

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Luis Valbuena (hamstring) began running the bases on Friday.

He's on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment in the next 5-to-7 days. Barring setbacks, he should be able to rejoin the big league club in early May.
Apr 21 - 7:50 PM

Luis Valbuena (hamstring) has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and hitting in a batting cage.

The hope is that Valbuena will be able to run on the field next week. The veteran infielder has been out of commission for the last two weeks after straining his right hamstring, which is the same hamstring he had surgery on last August. If all goes well, Valbuena could return in late April or early May.
Apr 7 - 12:16 PM

Angels placed INF Luis Valbuena on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Valbuena had surgery on the same hamstring last August and then strained it last month. He's expected to be out until May. C.J. Cron will be the Angels' regular first baseman.
Apr 2 - 2:37 PM

Luis Valbuena will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right hamstring.

It's a Grade 1 strain, which is considered the least serious. It's still going to keep Valbuena out for at least the first month, which should allow C.J. Cron to settle in as the everyday first baseman. Valbuena's injury also increases Jefry Marte's chances of making the Opening Day roster. When healthy, Valbuena will platoon with Cron at first base.
Mar 23 - 5:15 PM

Luis Valbuena has been sent for an MRI on his sore left hamstring.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he's confident the injury is minor, but the club wants to make sure with Opening Day fast approaching. Valbuena left Wednesday's split-squad Cactus League game against the Rangers after experiencing some hamstring soreness. There should be an update on his status Friday.
Mar 23 - 1:28 PM

Luis Valbuena was taken out of Wednesday's split-squad Cactus League game against the Rangers due to left hamstring soreness.

Hamstring injuries -- especially at this time of the year -- are troublesome enough in their own right, but in the case of Valbuena, soreness could be of particular concern. The veteran first baseman underwent season-ending hamstring surgery last August. He will be reevaluated in the coming days. Should this injury force him to miss games at the start of the regular season, C.J. Cron would be in line to see additional playing time.
Mar 22 - 7:57 PM

Luis Valbuena (leg) is back in Wednesday's Cactus League lineup.

Valbuena has been nursing some soreness in his left leg recently, but he's finally ready to return to action. If healthy, he should see a good amount of time at first base this season.
Mar 15 - 12:06 PM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Angels over the Giants 5-4 on Thursday.

He tops the depth chart at first base for the Angels but played third base today while hitting in the cleanup slot. He spent last season with the Astros in part-time duty, batting .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 90 games.
Mar 2 - 11:39 PM

Angels signed INF Luis Valbuena to a two-year, $15 million contract with an $8.5 million mutual option for 2019.

The deal was agreed to last week and then finalized Tuesday after Valbuena passed his pre-signing physical. He will make $6.5 million in 2017 and $8 million in 2018 with a $500,000 buyout on his mutual option for 2019. Valbuena could open as the Angels' starting first baseman this season with Albert Pujols recovering from offseason foot surgery. Valbuena also figures to see time at third base and DH in Anaheim. He posted a career-high .816 OPS with 13 homers and 40 RBI over 90 games last year with Houston.
Jan 24 - 4:22 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Angels' decision to sign Luis Valbuena had more to do with the uncertainty surrounding Albert Pujols' health than a desire to shop C.J. Cron.

Some have suggested that Cron could be a goner now that Valbuena is on board but apparently that isn't the case. Pujols is coming off foot surgery and may not be ready for Opening Day. In that scenario, Valbuena would likely handle first base with Cron filling in at DH. If the Angels let Yunel Escobar walk in free agency next offseason, Valbuena could move to third base full time in 2018.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 21 - 8:22 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels have agreed to a deal with free agent infielder Luis Valbuena, pending a physical.

The financial details aren't yet available, but Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes that it's likely a two-year deal with a club option. Venezuelan reporter Efraín Zavarce originally reported that the deal was close. As things stand right now, Valbuena would give the Angels a left-handed bat off the bench and an insurance policy between third base, second base, and first base, though he could carve out a bigger role if the club shops C.J. Cron. It's also worth noting that third baseman Yunel Escobar and second baseman Danny Espinosa are due to become free agents after 2017. He's quality roster depth at the very least.
Jan 19 - 10:16 PM

According to Venezuelan reporter Efraín Zavarce, the Angels are close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena.

No word yet on the terms involved. The Angels already have Yunel Escobar projected to play third base and C.J. Cron lined up for first base, so Valbuena will presumably take on a part-time role around the infield. The 31-year-old posted a career-high .816 OPS with the Astros last season while putting up 13 homers and 40 RBI over 90 games. He required season-ending surgery on his hamstring in August.
Jan 19 - 8:11 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have "discussed" Luis Valbuena.

Crasnick says the Orioles are "intent" on adding a left-handed bat and would prefer the player be an outfielder. Valbuena is one of the better lefty-swinging free agents still on the market, but his outfield experience is very limited so he's not the best fit. Baltimore has also been connected to Michael Saunders, Colby Rasmus, Michael Bourn and Brandon Moss, and Seth Smith and Jay Bruce are options on the trade front.
Jan 6 - 10:52 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Dodgers are "aggressively" checking into third base alternatives to Justin Turner.

The Dodgers have previously been connected to Yangervis Solarte, and Crasnick also mentions Luis Valbuena and Todd Frazier as potential fits. The club's preference remains to re-sign Justin Turner, but they are doing their due diligence in case they're unable to work something out for him.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 10:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Juan Graterol
1B1Luis Valbuena
2C.J. Cron
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Cliff Pennington
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Jefry Marte
LF1Cameron Maybin
2Ben Revere
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2Ricky Nolasco
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Jesse Chavez
6Nick Tropeano
7Andrew Heaney
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Huston Street
3Andrew Bailey
4J.C. Ramirez
5Jose Alvarez
6Blake Parker
7Bud Norris
8Yusmeiro Petit
9Deolis Guerra
10David Hernandez
11Mike Morin
12Brooks Pounders