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Top Max Stassi News

  • Angels' Max Stassi: Move to IL official

    The Angels placed Stassi (hip) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.

    As anticipated, Stassi will begin the season on the IL while he recovers from the left hip strain he suffered while appearing in a minor-league spring training game last weekend. The Angels will have room for both Logan O'Hoppe and Matt Thaiss as the catching options on their Opening Day roster, though manager Phil Nevin hasn't specified whether the team will have the two work in a timeshare or have one serve as the primary option in Stassi's stead.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Headed to injured list

    Stassi was placed on the 10-day injured list with a hip injury by the Angels on Monday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Stassi hurt his hip during an appearance in a minor-league game Sunday. It's not clear at this point how much time he might miss. With Stassi on the shelf, Logan O'Hoppe now rejoins the big club to share time at catcher with Matt Thaiss.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Injures hip Sunday

    Angels manager Phil Nevin said Sunday that Stassi is unlikely to be included on the Opening Day roster after experiencing hip soreness while playing in a minor-league spring training game, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    The Angels may not have a full picture of Stassi's injury until after he presumably goes through more extensive tests Monday, but the hip issue coupled with an unspecified personal matter that has recently kept him away from camp looks as though it'll prevent him from opening the season on the 26-man active roster. Stassi's expected absence to begin the campaign will pave the way for both Logan O'Hoppe and Matt Thaiss to make the Opening Day roster, with O'Hoppe representing the higher-upside fantasy option of the two.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Still seen as starter

    Stassi appears set to win the starting catcher job for the Angels despite hitting just .231 with a .615 OPS in 13 at-bats this spring, MLB.com reports.

    Stassi looks set to begin the season as the starter with Matt Thaiss and Logan O'Hoppe battling for the backup role, though Stassi could split time or platoon with Thaiss. While Stassi may begin the season as the starter, it seems just a matter of time before O'Hoppe takes over as the starter. O'Hoppe had a breakout season last year by hitting .283 with 26 home runs and a .961 OPS at Double-A which earned him a 14-game late-season call-up with the Angels.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Solo shot in win

    Stassi went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Athletics.

    After getting a couple of nights off, Stassi got the start Thursday and capitalized with a solo home run in the eighth inning to extend the Angels' lead to 4-0. The long ball was Stassi's ninth on the season and first in September. He is slashing .182/.268/.307 through 100 games this season and should continue to be part of the Angels' catching rotation to close the campaign.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Day off Wednesday

    Stassi isn't starting Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Stassi went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday and will head to the bench for the third time in the last four games. Matt Thaiss will take over behind the plate and bat sixth.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Takes seat in second straight

    Stassi is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    After a recent string of three consecutive starts behind the dish, Stassi will sit for the second straight game while Matt Thaiss handles catching duties. Stassi still looks to be Option 1A for the Angels, but his major downturn in performance in 2022 could result in Thaiss becoming part of a timeshare at the position. After posting a .752 OPS last season, the 31-year-old Stassi is slashing .179/.267/.297 over his 352 plate appearances in 2022.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Rests after three straight starts

    Stassi is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners, Sarah Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Stassi will take a seat after he caught each of the Halos' last three games while going 0-for-10 with five strikeouts in those contests. Matt Thaiss will spell Stassi behind the plate Sunday.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Strikes out thrice

    Stassi (undisclosed) went 0-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and three strikeouts in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Astros.

    Stassi didn't miss any additional time after leaving Friday's game for precautionary reasons. He's now 1-for-13 with four walks, five strikeouts, one RBI and two runs scored through five games in September. With Kurt Suzuki (bereavement) available again and Matt Thaiss still on the roster, playing time behind the dish for the Angels is likely to remain as a three-way timeshare.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Removed for precautionary reasons

    Staassi was removed from Friday's game against the Astros for precautionary reasons.

    It's unclear exactly what type of injury Stassi is dealing with, but he was unable to go a full nine innings. His status will be updated when more information is available.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Starting Saturday

    Stassi (undisclosed) is starting Saturday against the Astros, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Stassi exited Friday's matchup against Houston as a precautionary measure, but he'll start behind the dish and bat eighth a day later. Over four games since the start of September, he's gone 1-for-10 with a run, an RBI, three walks and two strikeouts.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Riding pine Wednesday

    Stassi isn't starting Wednesday against the Tigers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Stassi started the last two games and went 1-for-6 with an RBI. Matt Thaiss will take over behind the dish and bat eighth Wednesday.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Sitting Sunday

    Stassi is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Stassi is 2-for-48 over his past 13 contests and will take a seat Sunday for the second time in the Angels' last three games. Chad Wallach will step in behind the plate and bat eighth.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Out of lineup

    Stassi is not in the Angels' lineup for Friday's game against Houston, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    Stassi has not been much of a threat at the plate this season, and his most recent cold spell -- he has a .374 OPS since the beginning of August -- hasn't helped him secure playing time. Instead, Matt Thaiss will serve as the Angels' catcher Friday.

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  • Angels' Max Stassi: Clubs homer in loss

    Stassi went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Yankees.

    Stassi tied the game at 2-2 with a homer in the second inning, but the Yankees took the lead back in the top of the third. Playing time has gotten a little thin for Stassi lately, though it's been warranted, as he entered Tuesday in a 1-for-39 slump across his previous 10 games. That cold spell has dropped his slash line to .191/.277/.318 with eight homers, 26 RBI, 26 runs scored and 10 doubles through 85 contests this year. Stassi, Matt Thaiss and Kurt Suzuki have each started two of the Angels' last six games at catcher, which makes it difficult for any of them to carve out enough playing time to help fantasy managers.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Woodland, CA
Age: 32
Experience: 6
Bats/Throws: R, R