With the playoffs officially out of the question for the Angels, they’ve decided to shut injured reliever Cam Bedrosian down for the season, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweets. Meanwhile, outfielder Justin Upton underwent an MRI on his right knee Wednesday. The results aren’t yet known.
Bedrosian has been a clear bright spot in a Halos pitching staff that has lacked reasons for optimism this year, but the right-hander hasn’t pitched in two weeks on account of a forearm issue. Fortunately, the Angels didn’t find any kind of alarming issue before shutting him down, per Fletcher. They’re simply erring on the side of caution because their postseason hopes are gone. The 27-year-old Bedrosian’s 2019 will end with a 3.23 ERA/3.83 FIP, 9.39 K/9, 3.23 BB/9 and a 47.6 percent groundball rate in 61 1/3 innings. Bedrosian’s set to go through his penultimate trip through arbitration in the offseason, when he’ll collect a raise on his current salary of $1.75MM.
Contrary to Bedrosian, Upton has gone through a rough 2019 – the second season of a five-year, $106MM contract. The 32-year-old has typically been an above-average contributor since his career began in 2007, but Upton has been among the least valuable players in baseball this season. Since missing the first few months of the season with a toe injury and debuting June 17, Upton has hit a meager .215/.309/.416 with 12 home runs and a personal-worst 30.5 percent strikeout rate in 256 plate appearances. Depending on the severity of his injury, Upton could join Bedrosian in missing the last couple weeks of the season.