The Angels announced that they have placed shortstop Andrelton Simmons on the 10-day injured list with a left ankle sprain. The club reinstated infielder Luis Rengifo from the IL in a corresponding move.
Simmons, who incurred the injury against the Athletics on Monday, also dealt with left ankle troubles last year. Those issues helped limit Simmons to just 103 of a possible 162 games and a less-than-stellar .264/.309/.364 batting line across 424 plate appearances last season. While Simmons has never been anything close to an elite hitter, the 30-year-old has paired slightly above-average offense with spectacular defense when at peak form. The Angels are no doubt hoping he’ll return to that level this season, though this latest injury doesn’t help. It also doesn’t do Simmons any favors, as he could in for an interesting trip to free agency during the upcoming offseason.
For the most part, the Angels turned to utility player David Fletcher at short last year when Simmons was unavailable. They’ll do the same again Tuesday against the Mariners. Rengifo also saw some time at short in 2019, and he’s back in Angels uniform after an offseason trade with the Dodgers that involved him fell through. Hamstring soreness delayed Rengifo’s debut this season.
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Mike Trout going to miss the playoffs, again.
Least he can go home earlier after 60 games instead of after 162.
Wyoming. One player doesn’t win you games.. If Trout wanted to go to the playoffs, he should waited until he was a free agent and signed with a good team. When was the last time the Angels were good?
2014. Most wins of any team that season.
wild bill tetley
2014. Zero wins in the postseason.
How would be going home earlier if the season at the same time as last year? Besides he’s playing in October.
Should have traded him during the off season, now he will walk without getting anything in return
Still have time to Trade him.
Halos not close to contending. They should trade as many of their role/fringe players as possible and collect assets.
RyÅn W Krol
That would be stupid. They’ve been rebuilding their farm system the last few years and that will help get them back into contention. Plus, their pitching looks a lot better with their young arms being a year older with some more maturity. They have a deep enough lineup. I say they can easily contend if their pitching continues to be as effective as it has been so far.
Who is going to give up anything of quality, for a month of him?
Not just him, Goodwin et al. too.
No one is going to trade anything for an expensive, no hit shortstop for this year’s playoffs.
Not close ? Lol
Except that he signed a deal with the Angels for the next decade.
Simmons did? That’s news to me
In this season 10 days is going to feel like a century.
Another pansy ass who’d rather sit and get paid rather than man up with a minor injury.
Did you even see what happened?
@Cokeman1959 – Have you ever tried to play baseball, particularly shortstop, with a sprained ankle? I imagine it would be painful and unsuccessful.
not your injury, not your choice
Hey could be a blessing in disguise… Fletcher leads the league in hits right now!! Obviously I’m just kidding, and wish Simmons a speedy recovery. But it is really something that Fletcher surprised everyone hitting .290 last year and is off to another hot start this year (albeit in just 15 ABs)
i know it sounds like im tooting my horn again, but it amazes me no one saw hos good thia guy was while in the Minors. he obliterated minor league pitching last time he was there. sure that was probably the PCL, but he hit something like .340 when he was there. dude was underrated then and atill probably is now
It’s pretty amazing that Simmons put up a WAR of 7.8 in 2017 while hitting .278 — just goes to show you just how incredible his defense really is and how valuable he can be to a teal when healthy!
Or, how overvalued defense is for WAR.
Smokin Joe Charboneau
Watching the first games of this season, I’d say defense is under-rated. Being able to turn batted balls into outs is probably the most fundamental thing a baseball team needs to do to have success.
Sucks he got hurt, but man, he looks lost at the plate. Small sample size of course, but not sure I’ve seen so many wild swings on first pitches resulting in soft contact
Smokin Joe Charboneau
This sucks. I’m not an Angels fan, but I love to watch Simba played short stop.