Angels Place Jared Walsh On 60-Day Injured List – MLB Trade Rumors

Angels Place Jared Walsh On 60-Day Injured List - MLB Trade Rumors

13:16: Walsh has been placed on the 60-day IL, the Angels announced. This officially ends the first baseman’s 2022 season.

10:06 AM: The Angels announced a series of roster moves ahead of today’s game with the Rays, including the news that Jared Walsh was placed on the 10-day injured list due to thoracic outlet syndrome. Infielder Phil Gosselin was also appointed for a task. Filling the two roster spots is a trap Matt Thaiss (called up from Triple-A), and first baseman Mike Fordwhose contract was selected from Triple-A.

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition much more commonly seen in pitchers, making Walsh something of an outlier as a position player. While Walsh attracted some attention as a two-way player early in his career and during his time in the Angels farm system, he has only 26 2/3 professional innings pitched, and none since 2019. Most pitchers who undergo surgery to correct TOS, is It’s not the same performance after returning to the mound, but it remains to be seen if Walsh will actually need surgery, or how such a procedure could affect his future production given that he’s not pitching.

Even if Walsh opts for treatment without going under the knife, it would appear that the rest of his 2022 season could be in jeopardy. With the Angels out of contention, they apparently wouldn’t have any reason to rush Walsh back into action.

Walsh hit .280/.338/.531 over 693 PA with the Angels in 2020-21, earning seventh place in the 2020 Rookie of the Year voting and a slot on the 2021 AL All-Star team. However, 2022 was much more of a struggle, as the 29-year-old contributed just 15 home runs and a .215/.269/.374 slash line. Despite some decent defense at first base, this poor offensive production has resulted in an overall sub-replacement level performance for Walsh, who has a -0.5 fWAR and -0.6 bWAR.

Even in 2020-21, Walsh has below-average walk and strikeout rates, but those numbers have dipped even lower in 2022 – Walsh’s 30.4% strikeout rate puts him in just the sixth percentile of hitters. He also hits with far less power, with an isolated power metric of just .158 (down from .354 in 2020 and .232 in 2021). This decline robbed the Angels of a key bat in their lineup, as Los Angeles received very little from any players besides. Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Taylor Wardand the emergent Luis Rengifo.

Gosselin has had enough MLB service time that he can reject a direct assignment to Triple-A, assuming he clears waivers and the Angels don’t release him. The Angels claimed Gosselin off waivers from the Braves in mid-July, and the veteran slugger ended up playing 22 games with Anaheim, mostly as a third baseman. Unfortunately, Gosselin provided very little offense, with just a .269 OPS over 51 plate appearances.

Gosselin has delivered only sporadically at the plate over his 10 Big League seasons, with a career .254/.305/.349 slash line over 1199 PA. The 33-year-old has suited up for seven different big league teams, and this is his second stint with the Angels, after playing 104 games with the Halos in 2021.

Ford is in today’s starting lineup as the cleanup hitter, putting Ford on pace to see action for a fourth different major league team this season. The first baseman has appeared in 22 games combined with the Giants, Mariners and Braves, with San Francisco and Seattle pinging him back and forth between their rosters a few times earlier in the season and Atlanta releasing Ford earlier this month. He signed a new minor league contract with Los Angeles in mid-August, and may now be in line for some consistent playing time if Walsh misses most or all of the rest of the season.

In 2019, Ford burst onto the scene with 12 home runs and a .909 OPS over 163 PA as a rookie with the Yankees. Since that initial breakdown, however, he’s struggled to a .138/.267/.253 slash line in 206 PA since the start of the 2020 season, and the Yankees dealt him to the Rays in June 2021. Ford also ended up going. to the Nationals on waivers later in the 2021 season, making it quite a whirlwind of organizational change for the Princeton product in just 14 months.

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