A pair of Angels relievers are in for long-term absences. Left-hander José Quijada has been on the 15-day injured list due to elbow inflammation. Halos skipper Phil Nevin told reporters this evening that an MRI revealed ligament damage (relayed by Sam Blum of the Athletic). Things are slightly better for right-hander Austin Warren. He’s being shut down from throwing for four-to-six weeks due to elbow discomfort of his own, tweets Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
It’s particularly unfortunate news for Quijada. The 27-year-old is sure to be shut down for some time. Elbow ligament damage raises the possibility of surgery. That’s still to be determined, with Nevin noting that Quijada is headed for a second opinion.
Initially claimed off waivers from the Marlins over the 2019-20 offseason, Quijada has been a situational relief option for the Halos for the past three-plus years. He owns a 4.56 ERA in 79 frames as an Angel. He’d allowed seven runs (six earned) with eight strikeouts and three walks in nine innings of relief this season.
Quijada entered the season with over two years of major league service. He’ll be eligible for arbitration for the first time next winter. If he’s forced to undergo surgery that costs him the bulk of the 2023 campaign, he’d be a non-tender candidate.
Warren, also 27, has made 32 appearances over the past three seasons. The former sixth round selection had a 1.77 ERA in 20 1/3 innings as a rookie but allowed nearly six earned runs per nine over 16 frames last year. The Halos ran him through waivers and outrighted him off the 40-man roster over the offseason. They reselected his contract in mid-April before losing him to injury two appearances in.
While it doesn’t seem there’s any consideration of surgery in Warren’s case, the lengthy shutdown means he’s likely out for multiple months. He’d need to rebuild strength through a throwing program and minor league rehab work before he’s in consideration for MLB action. Even barring any setbacks, he could be out until around the All-Star Break. Both Quijada and Warren could find themselves on the 60-day injured list as the Halos manage their 40-man roster over the coming weeks.
At least they know that they won’t be missing contributing to any playoff appearance for Anaheim hahaha.
Ace_’s new account. ^^^
I thought you weren’t posting anymore
Time to dumpster dive for multiple guys. Spoiler alert. Halos need arms.
MLB again gave Anaheim arguably the easiest schedule in MLB for the 1st month in a forlorn attempt to prop up the Trout/Ohtani team, and of course it failed again.
Your theory is bunk but how have the Angels failed? They aren’t 30-0?
That pissant tries to troll everyone. Not even a baseball fan.
No, the fact that they’re barely above .500 despite having such an easy schedule up to this point. Never said that they should be anything like 30-0 and It’s not difficult to understand.
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There was some legit reporting on Judge getting juiced balls, I believe. That’s probably more of a thing.
“Arguably the easiest schedule?” You mean playing four playoff teams from last year plus the Red Sox—with four of those series on the road—is an easy schedule? You don’t know much about anything, do you?
Here’s the schedule, you idiot:
A’s: Bad team
Mariners: Bad team
Blue Jays: Good team
Nationals: Bad team
Red Sox: Ok team
Yankees: Ok team
Royals: Bad team
A’s: Bad team
Brewers: Good team
Cardinals: Bad team
They have played 2 series against good teams this season and they have played 3 of the 5 worst teams in MLB 4 series. 4 of their first 10 series have been against terrible teams, with the Cardinals and Mariners mixed in as well. They have begun a more difficult portion of their schedule and they will be something like 5 games under .500 and out of the picture (as usual) by May 25th.
Actually, the Cardinals are terrible too. So 5 of their first 10 series have been against terrible teams, with the generically bad Mariners mixed in as well. Anaheim is not a good team. Ohtani will leave after this season and that alone will be a huge loss, in addition to the fact that it will make it even more difficult for Anaheim to bring in quality free agents.
It’s fine to be around .500 early in the season. Too early to tell tbh.
That’s your opinion of what’s good or bad.
Sigh. Another obvious troll desperate for attention. All teams play everybody. The Angels have played several teams that are expected to contend for a playoff spot, Blue Jays, Yankees, Mariners, Brewers and Cardinals. Are all of them playing well? No, but no way the schedule makers would have anticipated that.
MLB doesn’t make scheduled easy for some teams to help them. What a load of crap.
Trolls who think they’re comedians.
…and instead of keeping players who are doing well, here is what they do:
“Wantz has been one of the club’s best relievers, posting a 0.79 ERA in 11 1/3 innings but was sent down because he has Minor League options.”
Sending a productive BP piece down solely because he has options is more evidence of how poorly the Angels are managed from top to bottom…frustrating.
What someone has done doesn’t mean it will be what they will continue to do. When Wantz gets hit, he gets hit hard. In addition, every club takes advantage of minor league options. Dunno how that’s “poor” managing.
DRS – When you send a guy down with an ERA of .79, that’s bad management. Use what he’s giving you now and if his numbers fall off, then send him down for more work. You don’t make moves because someone might not continue his sub-zero ERA. I don’t know how that’s not poor managing.
There always has to be a contrarian in the bunch even when it’s common sense.
DRS – One more thing: “What someone has done doesn’t mean it will be what they will continue to do.”
That’s not what Wantz has done. That’s what he’s currently doing. With your logic, or lack thereof, no one would be kept around because they may not continue good performance in the future. A team shouldn’t “take advantage” of minor league options with someone who is performing like Wantz is just because they can…especially in a must-win season for the Angels. You play whoever is helping the team win to entice Ohtani to stay.
Wait. Multiple guys get hurt so they send Wantz down?
Yes, a guy throwing to a .79 ERA…smart.
Addition by subtraction. Phil no longer can use him to close
Muted Ace’s new account and the whole thread went away. Worth not seeing his posts.
There’s this thing called peripherals and statcast and such. Wantz is solid for sure, but he isn’t a sub-1 reliever. I agree, it’s a bad look to send him down, but that’s baseball. The alternative would be to DFA a major leaguer with a track record, which imo, would look a lot worse.