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Rendon out for season


September 23rd, 2023

Sept. 23: LHP Tyler Anderson (left knee soreness) to be placed on IL
Anderson, who was originally scheduled to start against the Twins on Friday, saw his turn get pushed back to Sunday because of left knee soreness. But Anderson didn’t feel right after throwing his bullpen session on Friday.

As a result, the Angels announced on Saturday that Anderson is heading to the injured list, which will end his season. Anderson, who signed a three-year deal worth $39 million before the season, posted a 5.43 ERA in 141 innings. Sunday’s starter is now TBD.

Sept. 23: 3B Anthony Rendon ruled out for the rest of the season
Rendon isn’t expected to return this season, as he hasn’t made enough progress with the bone bruise in his left shin, manager Phil Nevin said on Saturday. Rendon, who suffered the injury on a foul ball on July 4, has been getting treatment and participating in baseball activities at Angel Stadium, but isn’t ready to face live pitching.

Rendon, 33, finishes his season hitting .236 with two homers and 22 RBIs in 43 games. He was also limited to 58 games in 2021 and 47 games in ’22 due to injuries. Rendon is set to earn $38.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

“I don’t think he’s going to play,” Nevin said. “He’s back home getting in his work. His leg is healing, which is good news, and it’s getting better and better. But it’s more about him having a normal offseason.”

Sept. 23: RHP Jaime Barria activated from 15-day IL; LHP Jhonathan Diaz optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake
Barria was reinstated after missing 14 games with right hamstring tightness. He’ll give the Angels another long relief option in the bullpen. Diaz has posted a 10.29 ERA in seven innings this season, including allowing four runs (one earned) over two innings on Friday.

RHP Chase Silseth (concussion)
Expected return: Late September
Silseth, who was hit on the head with an errant throw on Aug. 26, had a 30-pitch outing with Triple-A Salt Lake on Sept. 17, throwing 14 strikes while allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in one-third of an inning. He didn’t get enough work in that appearance, so he was slated to make a second rehab start on Sept. 22. If all goes well, he could return for one last start this season. (Last updated: Sept. 22)

OF Mike Trout (left hamate fracture)
Expected return: Possibly late September
Trout has begun holding the bat and taking dry swings, according to manager Phil Nevin. Trout returned from the injured list on Aug. 22 after missing 38 games with a fractured left hamate bone, but he played in just one game before going back on the IL on Aug. 25. He said he returned too soon and the pain was affecting the way he was swinging the bat, but he said he expects to return this season.

On Sept. 4, Trout underwent further testing on his hand, which revealed no structural damage. He was with the club on its final road trip of the year, and he will ramp things up with an aim to return before the end of the season.

Trout hit off a tee on Sept. 22 and there’s still a chance he returns at some point during the final week, but he’s running out of time. (Last updated: Sept. 22)

LHP Aaron Loup (left shoulder strain)
Expected return: 2024
Loup felt something in his shoulder after pitching against the Rays on Sept. 19, then was placed on the IL on Sept. 22, ending his season. The 35-year-old reliever recorded a 6.10 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings in 2023.

The Angels hold a club option for next year, but they are likely to pay $2 million to buy out his contract and make him a free agent. (Last updated: Sept. 22)

3B Mike Moustakas (left forearm extensor strain)
Expected return: Possibly Sept. 24
Moustakas was initially injured while trying to make a diving play at first base against the Guardians earlier this month, then eventually had to leave the Angels’ Sept. 12 game against the Mariners due to the lingering issue.

It was initially expected to be a minor injury, but he still felt discomfort on Sept. 15 and was placed on the IL. Moustakas said on Sept. 22 that he plans to return on Sept. 24. (Last updated: Sept. 22)

RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani (right oblique inflammation)
Expected return: 2024
Ohtani’s season came to a close on Sept. 16, as he was placed on the 15-day injured list with an oblique injury suffered during batting practice on Sept. 4. Ohtani had an operation on Sept. 19 to repair his torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Ohtani is expected to be able to hit in 2024, then he should be able to return to both hitting and pitching in ’25. (Last updated: Sept. 19)

2B Kyren Paris (left thumb soreness)
Expected return: TBD
Paris was placed on the IL on Sept. 19 after suffering the injury while making a tag at second base on Sept. 16 against the Tigers. (Last updated: Sept. 19)

OF Mickey Moniak (left back tightness)
Expected return: Possibly late September
Moniak was hopeful to avoid the injured list, but his back tightness never improved enough to return to the lineup, as he has been out since Sept. 5. Moniak said he hasn’t been able to participate in baseball activities recently, but he is hopeful to return before the end of the season. (Last updated: Sept. 15)

3B Anthony Rendon (left shin contusion)
Expected return: 2024
Rendon fouled a ball off his left shin on July 4 and immediately left the game. He underwent an MRI exam on July 21 that revealed a deep bone bruise and bleeding inside his bone near his shin. It didn’t heal as expected over the All-Star break and Rendon was placed on the IL. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on Aug. 18.

Rendon has since been swinging off a tee and doing light running. He met with the media and said he was diagnosed with a fractured tibia in mid-August and that’s why he’s been out so long. He added he didn’t know why the Angels never announced it as a fracture.

But manager Phil Nevin, who said the diagnosis doesn’t change the timeline, said on Sept. 23 that Rendon isn’t expected to return this season. (Last updated: Sept. 23)

RHP Chris Rodriguez (torn right shoulder capsule)
Expected return: Possibly September
Rodriguez underwent surgery in October 2021 to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder, and he ended up missing all of ’22 with the injury. The right-hander was healthy in his return this spring, but the Angels eased him into action. He faced hitters for the first time on March 21, throwing 20 pitches.

The Angels placed Rodriguez on the 15-day injured list to open the 2023 season to give him more time to build up to a starter’s workload, but he suffered a bit of a setback in early April, manager Phil Nevin said on April 9. Rodriguez suffered another setback in late May and was not going to face hitters again until his shoulder feels stronger. Nevin said shoulder injuries are tough to recover from, and as a result, the Halos have been cautious with Rodriguez. He was shifted to the 60-day injured list on April 15.

Nevin said on Aug. 23 that Rodriguez has been facing hitters in live bullpen sessions in Arizona and has been making solid progress. Rodriguez started a rehab assignment with Single-A Inland Empire on Sept. 10 and will be transferred to Triple-A Salt Lake. It’s encouraging news for Rodriguez, who last pitched in the Majors in 2021. (Last updated: Sept. 11)

IF/OF Luis Rengifo (biceps tendon rupture)
Expected return: 2024
Rengifo, the Angels’ second-best hitter since the All-Star break other than Shohei Ohtani, will miss the rest of the 2023 season with a left biceps tendon rupture sustained in a swing in the on-deck circle on Sept. 7. The move is retroactive to Sept. 8.

The club sought a second opinion from doctors before making the announcement on Sept. 9, with Rengifo expressing confidence he will be back and ready to go in time for Spring Training. He underwent surgery to repair a full biceps tear on Sept. 15 and manager Phil Nevin said he’s still on track to be ready for next season.

Rengifo pushed back his operation a day so he could address players at Single-A Inland Empire ahead of their playoff game on Sept. 14. (Last updated: Sept. 15)

C Max Stassi (left hip strain)
Expected return: Out for season
Stassi was placed on the restricted list, effective Sept. 2. According to a team statement, Stassi has recovered from the left hip strain that sidelined him to begin 2023, but he will miss the remainder of the regular season as he continues to handle a serious family medical issue.  (Last updated: Sept. 3)

RHP Sam Bachman (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
Bachman has halted his throwing program as he tries to rehab his shoulder injury.

“He had a setback, but nothing we’re too alarmed about. Something we have to keep monitoring with him,” manager Phil Nevin told reporters on Sept. 2.

Nevin previously said mid-September was a target return date. (Last updated: Sept. 2)

3B Gio Urshela (left pelvis fracture)
Expected return:
Urshela fractured his left pelvis while trying to beat out a ground ball on June 15. He saw specialists on June 20 and June 21, and it was determined he won’t need surgery but that he’s expected to miss the rest of the season.

Urshela was told he needs six weeks of rest before ramping things back up slowly over another six weeks before he could start baseball activities. Urshela said on Aug. 7 that he no longer needs crutches and is expected to have a normal offseason. (Last updated: Aug. 7)

OF Taylor Ward (facial fractures)
Expected return:
Ward was hit in the face by a 91.7 mph sinker from Alek Manoah on July 29 and suffered facial fractures, and he underwent surgery on Aug. 4 to reconstruct his left orbital bone and have internal splints placed in his nose. The outfielder was fortunate not to suffer any damage to his left eye. He was shifted to the 60-day IL on July 30, indicating that his regular season is over. (Last updated: Aug. 5)

RHP Austin Warren (torn ulnar collateral ligament)
Expected return: 2024
Warren felt discomfort in his right elbow while playing catch before the Angels’ game against the A’s on April 25 and was placed on the 15-day injured list with right elbow soreness. He underwent an MRI exam that initially revealed some inflammation in his elbow, but after further examination it was determined he suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament that will require season-ending surgery.

Warren, who has posted a 3.55 ERA in 38 innings over the last three years with the Angels, underwent successful surgery on May 17 and was back in the Halos’ training room on May 19. Warren was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 28. (Last updated: May 28)

LHP José Quijada (torn ulnar collateral ligament)
Expected return: 2024
Quijada pitched one-third of an inning in an April 27 outing against the A’s, giving up three hits and one run. He said he awoke with elbow soreness the following morning. He underwent an MRI exam that revealed ligament damage, and he sought a second opinion. But it was determined by both doctors that Quijada needed season-ending Tommy John surgery, manager Phil Nevin said on May 3. Quijada underwent a successful operation on May 17.

Quijada will miss the rest of the 2023 season but could return at some point next season, depending on how he responds to rehab. Quijada served as co-closer with Carlos Estévez, who is now the club’s full-time closer. (Last updated: May 19)

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