Andrelton Simmons Back From the DL

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Welcome to the LA Angels Insider Injury Tracker! Here we will have updates on injured Angels players. This will be running post that will last throughout the 2016 regular season. Here are the latest reports:

  • Simmons was activated from the disabled list way ahead of schedule after tearing the ulna collateral ligament in his left hand. The star shortstop missed 34 games and was not expected back until sometime in July. And he was back at it on Wednesday, making acrobatic plays that probably saved the Angels from another slugfest while blowing out the Minnesota Twins.
  • And here’s how the Halos celebrated!
  • Also, to make room for Simmons, Brendan Ryan was designated for assignment… Again!

June 13, 2016

  • The Freak threw seven innings of one hit ball in his final rehab start for the Salt Lake Bees. He is ready to join the Angels’ rotation. It might be a bit too late for the Halos’ playoff chances. However, this can also serve as an opportunity to to get a lot of value for cheap, and use this as an audition for an extension, trade for good prospects at the deadline, or in Tim’s case a better contract with another team this offseason. So this makes sense regardless of how the Angels’ season turns out.
  • Andrew Heaney had his MRI to see where stem cell treatment has gotten him. Heaney’s UCL showed “some level of healing.” He’ll be evaluated again in 2-3 weeks.
  • Garrett Richards will have his MRI on June 27.

June 12, 2016

  • It can worse. A lot worse. And it almost did. Trout said his thumb went number after being hit by a pitch on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians at the Big A. That scared him. But Mike was in the lineup on Monday, and then the entire baseball world breathed a sigh of relief.
  • Daniel Nava is finally beginning his rehab assignment today.
  • Andrew Heaney will have an MRI tomorrow, and Garrett Richards will have one on June 27 to see if there is any progress from their stem cell treatment.

June 10, 2016

  • I wonder what the record is for starting pitchers on the DL. If Hector goes on there, the Halos will have a full good rotation, plus a good long relief/spot starter, on the DL. That’s scary.

June 9, 2016

  • The Halos could use his glove to add some wins again. Simmons was on pace for a 6 dWAR at the time of his injury. His bat would of course chip away at that until he’d probably rest at a 3-4 WAR for the season, but his team needs those 3-4 extra wins.

June 7, 2016

  • And so it goes. The Halos have a full rotation on the DL and have also had both their set up man and closer go down at different times. That doesn’t even include their start shortstop, their productive catcher, and… forget it.

June 6, 2016

  • It just never ends. Now we now what has been wrong with Smith, and I think it would be wise to go on the DL yesterday. Smith’s injury has already cost the Angels a win, and he has come very close to blowing a couple more. The Halos need length in the pen, but they also need to make sure their guys are rehabbing instead of hurting the team.
  • Tyler Skaggs will start a rehab assignment after today’s five-inning extended spring appearance/ It’s possibly he could be back in a couple of weeks.
  • C.J. Wilson hopes to start throwing again this week.
  • Andrelton Simmons could possibly be back in the Halos lineup return to the as soon as Friday. The inhuman shortstop is battling back from thumb surgery and is way ahead of schedule.
  • Daniel Nava is barely returning to baseball activities trying to rehab a strained groin.
  • Geovany Soto is also ahead of schedule after arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus he suffered while working out. The reliable catcher has begun throwing, but has yet to take any swings or crouch behind the plate.

June 5, 2016

  • You have got to be kidding me! That’s a full rotation of young arms on the DL. And this is the last guy it should be happening to. ‘Trop’ was pitching exceptionally well for the amount of Big League innings he had logged (55 1/3) with only a 3.25 ERAJhoulys Chacin will start in his place.
  • The Halos also selected the contract of Deolis Guerra just two days after outrighting him. I guess getting sent down and taken off the 40-man is not all that discouraging for any baseball player in the Angels’ system right now.

June 4, 2016

  • Friday seems to be the deadline to get Simmons back in the Angels’ lineup. The team’s defense is slowly rising the ranks, and getting the acrobatic shortstop’s glove back on the field will speed up that process. His defense alone adds wins, as Andrelton was on pace for a 6 dWAR when he went down.

June 1, 2016

  • Someone please make it stop. My fingers are getting tired! The Angels have probably made more roster moves in the past month than most teams do in half a season.

May 31, 2016

  • And the Angels said 6-8 weeks. Simmons has been saying for about a week that he’s way ahead of schedule. When he’s back, I see him hitting either eighth or ninth since the efforts of Johnny Giavotella and Rafael Ortega have proven quite valuable over the last month or so.
  • C.J. Wilson had another MRI, which revealed no new damage. He will be shut down for a few days before making a determination of whether or not he will resume his rehab assignment.

May 30, 2016

  • I think that pretty much says it all. Street had not pitched since April 23. This will be a big boost for a bullpen that has been about as taxed as any Angels bullpen has been in a long time. Thank goodness!
  • Also, in case you are living on Mars, C.J. Wilson has biceps tendinitis and is shut down again. The lefty said he felt awful after his last session and will rest his arm.

  • C.J. will be making two starts for AAA Salt Lake, which will put him on the same timeline as the pitcher in our next quick hit…

  • Timmy’s fastball in four innings was clocked at 87-91 mile per hour. He will make two starts for Salt Lake, and will arrive right after C.J. Expect both to be in the Angels’ rotation by June 12, which is the day Lincecum is scheduled to make his Angels debut against the Cleveland Indians!

  • The Halos bullpen is about to take a big step toward getting back to normal again. Street did say he may only need one outing, but we’ll know for sure probably by this time tomorrow.

May 25, 2016

  • C.J. Wilson had a good start but still felt some slight discomfort, which is normal when coming back from a nearly 300 day hiatus. His off-speed pitches were hit hard, but everything else worked just fine. C.J. is scheduled to pitch one more rehab game, and is eligible to come off the DL on June 2.
  • While the lefty has had his struggles at times, along with one of his best seasons in 2013, the Angels could certainly use the innings at this point. The bullpen is dead tired.

May 25, 2016

  • Skaggs will throw a rehab assignment this weekend. If all goes well, he’ll likely throw another one before the he and club decide it’s time to make his return from Tommy John Surgery. We’re coming up on the two year mark from the last time the young lefty pitched a Major League game.
  • Jett Bandy was removed from Wednesday’s game in Arlington because of a hamstring cramp. The young catcher already had two hits and an RBI in the game before rounding first in an awkward manner and discovering his leg was not having it. There’s nothing to worry about, however. As if the Halos need another catcher on the DL.

  • Street is inching closer to returning and the Halos need him bad. With interim closer Joe Smith struggling, and an offense that’s red hot, the club is in dire need of the ability to put teams away again on a regular basis. Scoring 6 runs a game is one thing, but not being able to close out 1-0 is one thing that will keep these Angels out of October Baseball.

  • We don’t have any word on the exact reason beyond this announcement. Gentry could possibly be suffering from a bigger injury than was revealed before. It’s a good thing there are viable reinforcements in the likes of Rafael Ortega and Shane Robinson.

  • Trout rolled his ankle rounding third base on an Albert Pujols single late in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at the Big A. What kept it from being a much worse injury was the fact that Mike was already slowing down as he approached the base. It looked like just an awkward step while trying to put the brakes on. But Trout is fine. Nothing to worry about. Next Halos injury!

May 20, 2016

  • CJ threw his simulated game on Friday, serving 49 pitches that added up to five inning of work. The lefty felt good and plans on making his first rehab start on Wednesday. He’s eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on June 2, and hasn’t pitched since June 28 of last season. Wilson’s rehab will likely be at Single-A Inland Empire.

  • Street is getting closer to returning as well and needs maybe one or two rehab outings to get himself ready.

May 17, 2016

  • Skaggs has begun throwing again, and started at 60 foot long toss this week and then graduated to 90 feet. The way things look right now, Tyler will be throwing off the mound this Monday to get himself back on track. The lefty has been out for two weeks and has not thrown a Major League pitch since July 31, 2014. He’s almost at two years since Tommy John Surgery.

May 18, 2016

  • Turns out Soto tore his cartilage while working out. His knee locked up on him and he turned in an awkward position, and that was that.
  • Make that TEN players on the disabled list! Geez! Bring your glove and your resume’ to Angels HR this Monday at 7:00 AM for an open tryout.
  • Catcher Jett Bandy was recalled to take Soto’s spot. Bandy has two career plate appearances, and will likely serve as a backup to Carlos Perez since Soto will not be there to platoon with Perez.

May 17, 2016

  • Nava just can’t seem to get a break in the health department. He was back just ten days after returning from his last stint on the DL. In that time, Nava only hit .194; however, he came up with a few big hits that made up for some of that.
  • The Halos are in good hands, in the meantime, as Ortega comes back with a .294 BA and .345 OBP. The young outfielder will try to maintain the production he was beginning to mount in the Halos lineup.

  • We had not seen Rasmus in some time, and it turns out this is why. Cory had a 5.59 ERA in 19 1/3 innings, working almost exclusively in long relief. His inflated percentages are mainly the result of stretching himself out and taking one for the team so the rest of the bullpen could, well, rest. That still is hard to come by, given all the injuries to the rotation.

May 13, 2016

  • Pennington’s sudden exit turned out to be more serious than previously thought. The utility infielder was dealing with cramping and soreness for about a week, and then it finally gave out on him. Add this to the long list of injuries. And bring your resume to the Angels HR Department at 7:00 AM Monday morning for a tryout…
  • Tyler Skaggs is still shut down because of biceps tendinitis. The lefty is still in Arizona, and Mike Scioscia is still not sure when Skaggs will resume throwing.
  • Yunel Escobar will be back in the Angels’ lineup on Saturday in Seattle. There have been talks about Escobar moving back to shortstop in the wake of the recent injury to Andrelton Simmons. And despite having more options for third base (Kaleb Cowart, Kyle Kubitza, Jefry Marte) than shortstop, the club feels that keeping Escobar at third base is the best option.

May 12, 2016

  • More injuries piling up. Geovany Soto played third base in the final inning of Thursday’s game. It was only his second big league game at the position. The previous time was in 2013 as a member of the Texas Rangers. Soto actually played some third base in his first professional season in the minor leagues.
  • Pennington’s injury came out of nowhere as well and his exit was sudden. Brendan Ryan ended up finishing the game at shortstop.

May 9, 2016

  • Just when you though it couldn’t get any worse (or maybe you did), the Halos lost their key offseason acquisition to thumb surgery. In what was already appearing to be a lost season, the baseball gods are just pouring salt the the Angels’ wounds. Will it get any worse?
  • Make that six key Angels on the disabled list.
  • In reaction to this injury, the club acquired SS Brendan Ryan. More on this is in the Halo Transactions column.

May 10, 2016

  • I guess this is encouraging news. Wilson should be back in the rotation by this time in June, and Street probably won’t be back until late July.
  • Craig Gentry is also has a ways to go. He started some baseball activities, but as of right now he will be going beyond the original 15 day DL window.

May 6, 2016

UPDATE:

  • This is interesting news considering the severity that has been portrayed all over the media. The Richards and the Angels want to be absolutely sure Garrett needs surgery. This is a smart move. Last thing Richards needs is to miss 12-18 months from a surgery that may not have been entirely necessary. If the Halos ace can just rehab, then he can be back in the rotation much sooner than previously thought!
  • And if you’re still courageous enough to continue listening to the bad news, Andrew Heaney was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

  • Turns out Richards’ fatigue was in fact related to an injury. A major one. With a torn UCL, the righty will have Tommy John Surgery and will be out until 2017. The young ace had just come back from a freak injury in August of 2014, where he dislocated his knee cap while covering first base during a play. Garrett went relatively injury free in his 2015 campaign, and just when it looked like he was regaining that 2014 form, a big hole gets punched in him, the team, and the guts of Angels fans.
  • Heaney will rest his arm to avoid any possible further immediate damage to his UCL. Several pitchers have done this and come back fine, and mainly because there was not a severe tear. In fact, all pitchers have a certain degree of damage to their UCL over time. In Heaney’s case, as of right now, the damage is usual wearing of the ligament, but on a higher level than the average pitcher. The timetable for the young lefty is not certain. However, it is conceivable that he could be back late in the season. Though the club could be cautious as they were with Tyler Skaggs.
  • Speaking of Skaggs, he and CJ Wilson are both due back in a month, which could soften some of the blow. In the meantime, Matt Shoemaker will likely be recalled, along with prospect Nate Smith. Cory Rasmus will still be on stand-by as emergency starter and long reliever. Kyle Kendrick is also in AAA Salt Lake and doesn’t need a whole lot of seasoning since he had almost a full spring training before signing with the Halos.
  • Tim Lincecum‘s showcase is today and don’t be surprised if the Angels go all out on him. Other external options include free agent Kyle Lohse and John Danks, who was recently DFA’d.
  • This has also raised Mike Trout trade speculation; however, that is the most unlikely (unnecessary) thing to happen.
  • Aside from all of this, Daniel Nava will return from the DL and the corresponding move will follow. No word as of yet.

May 5, 2016

  • Don’t look now but another starting pitcher has gone down, at least temporarily. This isn’t a serious injury, just fatigue caused by dehydration.
  • This isn’t the first time Rasmus has been used as a starter. The righty reliever started a few games for the Halos in September of 2014 when Matt Shoemaker went down with an oblique injury. Those were all successfull bullpen games.
  • The club has been looking for a way to stretch Rasmus into a starter for some time and right now may be a time for him to do so.

  • Even though Rafael Ortega is 11 for his last 27 (.407), Nava will have priority in his return from a knee flare-up that landed him on the DL two weeks ago. One may wonder why, and that is understandable. However, there is one certainty, and that is that Nava is a proven Major Leaguer, and Ortega is not. The likelihood of Ortega maintaining his production throughout the season is very low. Nava himself was hitting .283 when he went down, and has more on base skills, particularly via the walk. Ortega has the edge on the speed factor, but they are about the same overall with the glove.
  • The bigger question looming is will the club will keep Ortega on the bench as a utility outfielder, and put Ji-Man Choi on waivers? Or will they send Ortega down and keep Choi to maintain that depth?

May 1, 2016

  • The list just keeps getting longer and longer. Gentry had been dealing with back spasms for close to a week. His move is retroactive to April 26.
  • CJ’s target for his return has finally been established as early June. He’s begun throwing long toss, and in the next week or so will ease his way back into his normal workouts.
  • There’s a big possibility CJ may return as a reliever.
  • Heaney received an injection that will have him out for 6 to 12 weeks. Additional tests revealed no structural damage to his elbow, particularly his UCL, and the lefty will not require surgery.
  • There are no injury concerns over Shoe’s performance. He told reporters after Saturday’s game in Texas that he felt as good as he’s felt all season so far. But even when he made good pitches, batted balls were finding holes. Perhaps it was just a bad luck start. But given the righty’s overall start to the season, Gentry’s injury, the need for more length in the bullpen, and Robinson’s opt-out, the Halos needed a shake-up.
  • Tyler Skaggs has had his shoulder examined in Los Angeles. However, there is no official word yet on his status beyond shoulder fatigue. The young lefty was in the final stage of recovery from Tommy John Surgery when he felt weak in his shoulder after his last start at AAA Salt Lake. This could mean that Skaggs could be out for a month or so longer, or it could just be a minor setback for a kid who hasn’t pitched since July 31, 2014.

April 28, 2016

  • That was yesterday’s announcement. And we’re still waiting for the move. Street has battled nagging injuries throughout his career, and this isn’t the first time he’s had clique issues. Just to give fans an idea of the possible timetable: Mike Morin (2015) and Matt Shoemaker (2014) both had the same injury. Morin missed five weeks, and Shoe missed three. Joe Smith will be the team’s closer while Street is on the mend.

April 23, 2016

  • Nava is getting close, and it’s a shame for a guy who was preparing for a bounce back season. He was already hitting .280 when he went down. The Halos could use his on base ability in the two-hole right now instead of the inexperienced Rafael Ortega.

April 22, 2016

  • The lefty finally made some progress in his rehab from shoulder tendinitis after being shut down indefinitely. There is still no definitive timetable for CJ’s return. Perhaps it’s for the best as the younger starters are showing a lot of promise.

  • Skaggs is getting closer to returning to the Halos rotation. Although he allowed 3 ER and 3 BB in 3 2/3 innings last Wednesday, his fastball was 90-94 MPH, and looked like he was almost there. The lefty will likely have a couple more starts stretching it out to 5 innings each before making his first big league start for the Angels since July, 31, 2014.

April 19, 2016

  • It’s a good thing the Angels are getting good performances from their younger starters, and even two out of three from Jered Weaver. Despite the injuries early in 2016, the starting rotation’s depth is passing the test.

April 17, 2016

  • Skaggs is showing a lot of progress in his road to returning to the Angels‘ rotation. Mike Scioscia said the lefty will go four innings in his next start, and then the 24-year old will throw two five-inning starts. After that, Mike and his staff will re-evaluate Skaggs.
  • Another lefty on the DL is a little further from returning. Andrew Heaney has no timetable for his return. The young lefty has been playing some catch this weekend at Target Field, but has yet to throw any long toss.

April 16, 2016

  • Nava has received a lot of rest due to an abundance of left handers the Halos have been facing in the first ten games of the season. However, it wasn’t enough for the outfielder to get past his ailing knee, which has been bothering him since the final week of spring training. Ortega, 24, will finally get a chance to show his stuff in real games for the first time since a cup of coffee with the Colorado Rockies in 2012, and after a productive preseason. He was hitting .340 / .368 / .652 in his small 2016 sample at AAA Salt Lake.

April 14, 2016

  • Turns out Radinsky was suffering from chest pains. We still have yet to hear exactly what the results of his tests were. We’ll have an update for you when the information becomes available. AAA pitching coach Erik Bennett will fill in for the weekend series in Minnesota.

April 11, 2016

  • Tyler Skaggs has made significant progress and is eager to return to the Angels mound. He made his first start of the 2016 season on Sunday, at AAA Salt Lake. The young lefty, almost two years removed from Tommy John Surgery, threw three innings and allowed only one earned run. Notch yet another milestone in Skaggs’ return. He should be back by May.

April 9, 2016

April 8, 2016

  • After being spiked by Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, Nava was taken out of the game. He managed to pinch hit in Saturday’s game.

April 7, 2016

  • After being placed on the 15-day disabled list, the aura surrounding Andrew Heaney was that of anxiety and worry. During his start against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, the young lefty’s velocity dropped from about 93-94 MPH to about 90 MPH by the end of the third inning. Heaney manage to last six innings, and didn’t really feel any pain. However, it was obvious something was wrong. Many were scared it was his UCL, which means Tommy John Surgery. Tests later revealed that it was just a strain. This update is also featured in our Transaction Tracker.

 

Previous injury news will be updated as information becomes available. 

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