Updates from Tuesday, May 20
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports when David Freese could return to the Angels' lineup:
Later on Tuesday, the MLB Roster Moves Twitter account confirmed the Angels decision:
The @Angels activate 3B David Freese from 15-day DL; option INF Luis Jimenez to Triple-A Salt Lake.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) May 20, 2014
The MLB Lineups Twitter feed confirmed he would be in the starting lineup against the Astros:
5/20 @Angels lineup vs. HOU Aybar SS Trout DH Pujols 1B Ibanez LF Kendrick 2B Freese 3B Conger C Cowgill RF Navarro RF Skaggs P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) May 20, 2014
David Freese had to leave Friday's game against the Texas Rangers after being struck on the right hand with a pitch. Not surprisingly, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.
From the official Twitter account of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:
Today's transactions - Freese to 15-Day DL, Shuck optioned to AAA, Cron selected to ML roster, Jimenez recalled & Herrera outrighted to AAA— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) May 3, 2014
According to ESPN, X-rays revealed after Friday night's game that Freese had a small, non-displaced fracture on his middle finger. The injury doesn't appear to be particularly serious, however, and Freese doesn't expect to be out for long, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register:
#Angels David Freese said he thinks he can be back after the minimum 15 days on the DL.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) May 3, 2014
Freese hasn't exactly been lighting it up offensively this year, hitting .202 with two home runs and eight RBI on the season, so his absence won't exactly derail the Angels' offense. He had begun heating up a bit in late April, however, so he'll want to return quickly and regain the momentum he had built.
In his stead, Luis Jimenez will get another chance to prove he can hack it at the major league level. In 35 appearances with the Angels over the last two seasons, he's hit .260 with five RBI. He'll need to do a bit better than that if he wants to create a larger role for himself on this team.
Recent call-up Grant Green, who is primarily a second baseman and outfielder after being drafted as a shortstop, replaced Freese at third and could be in line for playing time at the position as well.