Player News - Angels

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Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-4 and drove in two runs to tie the game in the ninth inning to key a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He came to the plate with the bases loaded against closer Tyler Clippard with his team trailing by two in the ninth inning. He laced a single to center field that plated Mike Trout and Justin Upton. The next batter, Andrelton Simmons, also singled to drive in two more runs. Serving as the designated hitter, Ohtani also walked once and struck out twice in the contest. The two-way superstar has an exceptional .308 batting average and .582 slugging percentage with six homers and 19 RBI in addition to his exploits on the mound.
May 24 - 12:05 AM

Blake Parker allowed three hits and a run in the ninth inning but still managed to secure the save against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He allowed hits to the first three batters he faced and also issued an intentional walk. He benefited from a runner getting nailed at the plate on a potential sacrifice fly or else this could have been a bad blown save. Parker started the season as the Angels' closer but quickly lost the job. He's pitched well of late and that combined with Keynan Middleton's injury and poor performance from the rest of the bullpen has led to him regaining the ninth-inning role. He should continue to see most of the save chances moving forward despite today's shaky outing.
May 23 - 11:56 PM

Tyler Skaggs allowed three runs on six hits in five innings and escaped without a decision as his team beat the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He served up solo homers to Devon Travis and Yangervis Solarte. On the bright side, he struck out six batters without issuing a free pass. He left with a three-run deficit but was spared a loss when the Angels scored four times to win in the ninth inning. It was a rare poor outing for the oft-injured hurler. He's been very good this year with a 3.11 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 10 starts.
May 23 - 11:50 PM

Keynan Middleton underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

Middleton needed UCL reconstruction, and now will begin the long road back from the surgery. There's a chance he could return at some point in 2019, but it's more likely we'll see him back on the mound in 2020.
May 23 - 8:28 PM

Angels released RHP Vicente Campos.

Campos, 25, had posted a 7.04 ERA over 12 appearances between Double- and Triple-A. He made one appearance in the majors with the Diamondbacks in 2016.
May 23 - 3:57 PM

Kole Calhoun is back in the Angels' lineup Wednesday.

The slumping Calhoun was benched for the previous two games but is back in there for this one against right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Calhoun is batting an ugly .160/.197/.201 this season.
May 23 - 3:29 PM

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


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