David Freese Injury: Updates on Angels 3B's Finger and Return

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2014

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 02:  ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 02 : David Freese #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is checked by trainer Adam Nevala after being hit by a pitch in the hand in the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 2, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  Freese later left the game.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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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 MLB Lineups Twitter feed confirmed he would be in the starting lineup against the Astros:

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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:

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:

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.