The Angels will be without one of their newest additions until early May. Infielder Luis Valbuena suffered a grade one hamstring strain on Wednesday during Spring Training game against the Texas Rangers and will start the 2017 regular season on the disabled list.
The injury is the same one that took him out of last season, and eventually had his surgery on. As of right now, this is not as serious. Perhaps this is merely a road block in getting the hamstring back to full strength after the procedure.
This also opens the door for C.J. Cron and Jefry Marte to get more playing time at first base to start the season, as Valbuena was in line to share time at the position, in addition to other spots in the infield. This does hurt the bench depth for the Halos a bit. However, there are still plenty of options. The injury bug has not bitten the Angels much at all so far this spring.
The timetable for Valbuena’s return targets the first week of May.
Here’s MLB Tonight discussing Valbuena signing with the Angels, and where the team was at since he was pretty much their last key addition over the offseason…