Left Fielder Justin Upton, who has been out with a sprained toe, has started to take batting practice on the field with the team, field in the outfield, and run. Those are huge steps for Upton, who is a middle of the lineup bat for the Angels.
The Angels believe that Upton will be returning sometime in June. Justin Upton even asked to come on the current road trip that the Angels are on, so that way he can work with the hitting coaches.
The Angels placed RHP Matt Harvey on the 10-day Injured List with an upper back strain. Harvey last pitched against the Minnesota Twins on May 23rd, and that saw him give up 8 runs on 7 hits in 2.2 innings pitched. He came out of that outing saying that there was nothing wrong and the pitches are just coming out right.
Two days later the Angels placed him on the 10-day IL and Harvey explained that “It’s me being stubborn and trying to fight through things. I wasn’t able to work through it and this is where we ended up.” There is no timetable for Harvey’s return and through 10 starts, he holds a record of 2-4 with an ERA of 7.50 in 48 innings pitched.
RHP J.C. Ramirez, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery is scheduled to make a rehab assignment later this week with the Single-A affiliate
team the Inland Empire 66ers. Ramirez, had Tommy John surgery last April and if all goes well with his rehab the Angels expect him back sometime in June. The Angels are not yet sure if they use him as a starter or a reliever. His time with the Angels has seen him pitch in 76 games with 26 of those appearances as a starter. Ramirez has pitched to a 13-13 record with a 4.04 ERA in 200.1 innings pitched.
Catcher Kevan Smith, who was placed on the 7-day IL with a concussion last week is expected to re-join the Angels in Seattle on May 30th. Smith, had been playing pretty well as the back-up Catcher as he is hitting .290 through 62 at-bats with 6 doubles and 1 Home Run.
The Angels will call up RHP Nick Tropeano to make his 2019 debut to pitch on May 28th. The Angels will use an Opener and Tropeano will follow whoever Manager Brad Ausmus decides to open the game. Tropeano, in his career, is 12-13 with a 4.15 ERA through 203.2 innings pitched combined between the Houston Astros (2014) and Angels (2015-2018).
Nick Tropeano has had some injuries that have caused him to miss time including Tommy John surgery in the middle of the 2016 season and missed all of the 2017 season due to that surgery. He has also has missed some time due to a shoulder issue that has popped up since his return from Tommy John surgery
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