Dexter Fowler is heading to the injured list with a sprained knee. The Angels will call up Jaime Barria to take his roster spot, per the Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya (via Twitter).
Fowler hasn’t had a stellar first week in Los Angeles, slashing .250/.286/.250 in 21 plate appearances over his first seven games. Juan Lagares could see time in right while Fowler is on the shelf. Alternatively, Jared Walsh or David Fletcher could move from the infield to the outfield. Either way, the Angels are going with just a three-man bench for the time being. Manager Joe Maddon will have to make his moves carefull, as the Angels’ 11 position players include Shohei Ohtani and Albert Pujols, neither of whom are expected in the field (except when Ohtani is pitching, of course).
Barria, 24, can serve as a long-man, which might be especially useful while Ohtani recovers from a blister. Barria has been a regular part of the Angels’ roster for the past three seasons, making 44 starts and eight appearances out of the bullpen. In total, he owns a 4.46 ERA/5.02 FIP across 244 1/3 innings with just a 35.7 percent groundball rate, 19.3 percent strikeout rate, and 8.0 percent walk rate. None of those rate metrics come across as particularly promising, but he’s managed to net 1.5 fWAR regardless.
The Baseball Fan (Doesn’t like the Cubs)
Dang, it seems like everyone is getting injured.
Makes me think Barria gets the start tomorrow if there is a game, Bundy comes back Monday, and Shohei and Cobb get an extra few days for their blisters to heal.
Time for Lagares to fold down the fort while Adell gets some seasoning
why no Ward in RF, love his bat!
Lagares is fine and better then Dexter. A+ defence makes up for poor bat.
I think Halo Heaven said why. I would have thought to bring up Schebler.
Lagares’ bat has looked good in spring. Made some changes in the winter and hit very well there. I’m hopeful.
I would ask when the last time a three man bench was used?
The Angels Roster has several Super Utility type players on the roster. This was a great move by the Angels!!
“The Angels’ 11 position players include Shohei Ohtani and Albert Pujols, neither of whom are expected in the field (except when Ohtani is pitching, of course).”
Pujols plays the field when he plays. This year he has 3 games at 1B and 1 game at DH. Last year he had 26 games at 1B and 12 games at DH.
I’d like to see them go with Pujols at 1B with Walsh in RF for a game or 2 at least if Ward isn’t going to be called up.
Fowler’s week has still been better than Upton’s.. Which surprises me because Upton looked good in the spring.. I guess that’s more proof you can’t really rely on spring train g stats.
Upton has had two great ABs that have won ballgames.
Justin Upton has always been a VERY slow starter.
I don’t get why LAA acquired Dexter Fowler to begin with when there were better players signing MiLB deals
1 L in careful. I also may have gone with Schebler.
No pics of good old Dex with the Angels? Come on we are trying to forget he played for the Cardinals.
What ever happened to the OF prospect Gareth Morgan? He was hitting the ball pretty hard at one time but heavy on the Ks.
Good job by Perry. Give Maddon 15 pitchers -lol. Ten man bullpen. He will use one of two ways. 1) leave the starter in if he’s getting shelled until the game is out of reach then burn through five- seven relievers. 2) pull a starter that’s mowing down the opponent in the fourth inning and then switch out after every three batters.
The man has backwards thinking when it comes to handling a pitching staff. Why was Maddon available to begin with? His last two managing gigs ended up with him being cut or not renewed. Good luck winning a title with him at the helm.
Maddon opted out of his Rays contract and was the most sought after manager in MLB. Theo even fired the Cubs manager after renewing him just to go after Maddon.
Your math doesn’t make sense, if the Angels have 15, pitchers, they have a 9 man bullpen.
Did you see the game? I’m no fan of Quintana, but that was not a shelling. One bad play really blew the game open.
Lmfaoo it wasn’t a shelling, it was a drumming. You obviously weren’t watching the same game because Quintana looked terrible in this one. He kept missing out of the zone with his FB/sinker, his curve/slider was flat evidenced by Grichuk clearing the bases, and that 92mph fb is absolutely not getting by no one. Quintana, Pujols, and Claudio are the weak links on this team and should have never been acquired, when they play it most likely means an Angel loss.