Luis Valbuena didn’t play this Thursday at Class-A, where he’s undergoing his rehab, even though this rest was planned in the schedule he started following when he started his path to recovery in order to return to the MLB, according to the Orange County Register.
The infielder, who signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the offseason, suffered a Grade 1 strain in his right hamstring during the Spring Training which has kept him from making his Halos debut this season. He’s as close as ever to being back on the field, as the aforementioned report suggests, the Venezuelan could make his 2017 debut as soon as Tuesday.
Mike Scioscia’s team assigned the Valbuena to make his rehab with the Inland Empire, High-A branch of the Angels, where he has already been up for 11 at-bats, blasting three hits.
Valbuena has smashed 38 home runs in his last two seasons, both spent with the Houston Astros. He left with a slash line of .238/.329/.446, consisting of 96 runs batted in, 35 doubles and 100 runs scored, across 222 games.
He had better performances against right-handed pitchers, and the Angels have decided he will be played mostly when they face these type of players. He will occupy regularly the first base of his side in these occasions, according to the Orange County Register.
The same report suggests there have been other players injured in Scioscia’s lineup.
Mike Morin and Cam Bedrosian are close to fulfilling their time in the 10-day disabled list, although it is unknown when they will return. None of the two have started tossing since their respective injuries. Morin suffered a stiff neck, whilst Bedrosian got a strained right groin.
Andrew Bailey, on the other hand, will start pitching again sooner than expected. The reliever is long-tossing already and will be back to his throwing program during the course of the following week, as he looks forward to joining soon with the Angels bullpen, after suffering a swelling in his right shoulder