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Angels' Logan O'Hoppe: Back on bench
O'Hoppe will sit Saturday against Texas, Sarah Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Times reports.
O'Hoppe was called up for the first time Wednesday and has alternated between starting and sitting on the bench. He's gone 2-for-7 with three strikeouts in his limited action. Kurt Suzuki starts behind the plate Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Matt Thaiss: Takes seat Saturday
Thaiss isn't starting Saturday against the Rangers, Sarah Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Thaiss went 0-for-3 with a strikeout during Friday's win over Texas, and he'll head to the bench for the second time in the last three games. Matt Duffy is starting at first base and batting cleanup.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Mike Trout: Day-to-day with sore foot
Trout will sit Saturday against the Rangers due to a sore foot, Sarah Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Trout's performance has been as strong as ever this season, but injuries have limited him to 115 games. His latest issue, which developed after he fouled a ball off his foot Friday, doesn't seem to be particularly serious, but the Angels have no incentive to push things at the end of a lost season. Taylor Ward will slide to center field Saturday, with Luis Rengifo moving out to right.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Avoids arbitration for 2023
Ohtani and the Angels agreed to a one-year, $30 million deal Saturday, avoiding arbitration for next season.
The 2023 season will be Ohtani's final year before free agency, and he'll make the largest ever amount for an arbitration-eligible player. He'll take that record from Mookie Betts, who received $27 million in 2020. He'll also set the record for the largest raise in arbitration, as he made $5.5 million this season. His $24.5 million raise smashes the previous record of $9.6 million set by Jacob deGrom.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Griffin Canning: Expected to avoid surgery
Angels head athletic trainer Mike Frostad indicated this week that Canning (back) remains on track to avoid surgery, per MLB.com.
Canning's lower-back stress fracture cost him the final seven weeks of 2021 and all of 2022, but he's still not expected to need surgery. The right-hander is slated to see a specialist in November, which should provide more clarity about a treatment plan and potential return to throwing. If Canning does in fact avoid surgery, he could be ready to pitch by spring training next season.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Andrew Velazquez: Looking at normal offseason
Velazquez is doing well after undergoing knee surgery Sept. 13, and he's expected to have a normal offseason, per MLB.com.
Velazquez tore the meniscus in his right knee during a game Sept. 13 and had surgery four days later. That went well according to Angels head athletic trainer Mike Frostad, and Velazquez should be able to have a normal offseason routine in preparation for spring training. The fifth-year pro impressed with his defense this year but slashed a meager .196/.236/.304 over 349 plate appearances, contributing nine home runs, 28 RBI and 17 stolen bases.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Luis Rengifo: Socks 17th homer
Rengifo went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a 4-1 victory versus the Rangers on Friday.
Rengifo's 395-foot shot in the third inning gave Los Angeles a 2-0 lead and extended his modest hitting streak to six games. He's gone deep in each of his past two contests and finished September with six long balls along with 13 RBI, 13 runs, a stolen base and a .286/.304/.491 slash line. Of Rengifo's 17 homers this season, 12 have come since the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jimmy Herget: Notches another save Friday
Herget picked up a save against Texas on Friday, striking out two batters in a scoreless inning of work.
Herget tossed nine of 12 pitches for strikes in the outing and fanned a pair for his ninth save. The right-hander has recorded three saves in the past four days and four since Sept. 20. Ryan Tepera has registered two saves in that span, but Herget looks to have a solid grip on the closer position for the remainder of this season and possibly into next.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jo Adell: Hits eighth home run
Adell went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Friday.
Adell homered off Glenn Otto in the second inning for his eighth long ball of the season. It has been a disappointing year for Adell, who has struggled immensely to get on base and has found himself on the short side of an outfield platoon due to his .263 OBP and weak fielding. The silver lining is that Adell has set career highs in at-bats and homers and is still only 23 years old.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Reid Detmers: Strikes out nine in win
Detmers (7-6) gave up one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine over six innings to earn the win in a 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Friday.
Detmers had his heavy slider working well all evening and piled up nine strikeouts on 21 swinging strikes as the Rangers hitters looked overwhelmed by the pitch. It was a high note on which to end the 2022 season for Detmers. He struggled for most of the opening months, but he also pitched the only no-hitter of the year so far. He posted excellent numbers in July and August after a brief stint in the minors. The 23-year-old left-hander's flashes of dominance this season make him a high-upside candidate for 2023.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Matt Duffy: Not in Friday's lineup
Duffy isn't starting Friday against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Duffy started the last three games and went 3-for-10 with two runs, an RBI, a walk and two strikeouts. He'll get a breather while Luis Rengifo starts at the hot corner and leads off.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Ryan Tepera: Mops up save
Tepera retired the only batter he faced to pick up the save in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Athletics.
Tepera entered the game up 4-1 with two outs and two runners on in the ninth inning and allowed an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch, but he got Stephen Vogt to line out to right field to end the game and earn his fifth save. Manager Phil Nevin has turned to Tepera more often recently in high-leverage situations, and he has delivered with three saves, a hold and three wins over 8.2 innings in 10 September appearances.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Taylor Ward: Stays hot with three hits
Ward went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Thursday's win over the Athletics.
Ward is on fire at the plate, and he continued the trend with three hits Thursday, including a solo homer in the third inning to put Los Angeles up 3-0. The long ball was Ward's 23rd on the season and sixth in September, during which he is batting .364 (32-for-88) with two stolen bases and a strong 10:16 K:BB. He has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games on his way to a strong finish to a breakout campaign.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Luis Rengifo: Crushes 16th home run
Rengifo went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Athletics.
Rengifo led off the game with a bang, crushing a 1-0 fastball 418 feet to left field against Cole Irvin to put the Angels on the board. Rengifo also reached on an infield single in the second inning, giving him his seventh multi-hit game of September. In 107 at-bats this month, the 25-year-old is batting .290 (31-for-107) with five home runs.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Flirts with no-no
Ohtani (15-8) earned the win Thursday against the Athletics with eight shutout innings. He recorded 10 strikeouts while surrendering two hits and one walk.
Ohtani was masterful Thursday and came four outs away from recording his first career no-hitter before a base hit from Conner Capel spoiled the bid. His 10 strikeouts on the night were the highest he's recorded since July 28, and the win gives him five in his last six starts. He has a 2.35 ERA and 213 strikeouts on the season, and when considering his strong offensive season, he should challenge Aaron Judge for the AL MVP.... See More ... See Less
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