The Angels have placed reliever Cody Allen on the 10-day injured list, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register was among those to cover on Twitter. He’s said to be dealing with a lumbar spine strain, though details remain scant.
It’s one of several Halos pitching moves. Matt Ramsey was sent down on optional assignment, leaving two openings to accommodate the return of starter Tyler Skaggs and activation of Luke Bard.
Allen’s health trouble comes amidst an exceedingly rough stretch on the mound. He has issued ten walks and three home runs in nine innings thus far. In light of those figures, his 6.00 ERA actually represents a merciful series of outcomes to date.
The risks were well known to the Halos when they signed Allen to a $8.5MM contract over the winter. Long a quality closer for the Indians, Allen exhibited newfound walk and long ball issues in his final season of arbitration eligibility.
Allen will take a step back and try to sort things out. His average fastball velocity is down to 93.1 mph thus far, the fifth-straight season of year-over-year decline. He has responded by going to his curve more than ever before (48.0%), but is out of the zone more than ever before (34.9% zone%) and generating only a 10.1% swinging-strike rate (his lowest level since his debut campaign).
well that explains no longer having him be their closer
Or no longer being their closer explains this mysterious injury popping up
he’s been outright horrible. hopefully some rest and minor league rehab games help. Stretching the budget for him as been a predictable mistake.
Best wishes for Cody’s health!
I’m an Indians fan and hate that he was so overused in Cleveland. The way the pitching staff was used is a major reason the Indians didn’t close out the 2016 WS. No pun intended.
Their bullpen went 32 innings, giving up just 10 runs for a 2.84 era in the world series
They lost because they didn’t have any healthy starters. Carrasco & Salazar were shelved and Bauer hurt his hand earlier in the postseason. Kluber was their only healthy postseason starter. Their bullpen was nearly lights out however, and was the only reason they had a chance
The Mariners lineup obliterated his ERA