Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hasn’t appeared in a major league game since fracturing his right wrist on May 8. But that will change on Sunday afternoon.
According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, Iannetta has been activated from the disabled list and will start behind the plate in the Angels’ series-finale with the Rays. It’ll also be Zack Greinke’s Angels debut. John Hester was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to clear a spot on Anaheim’s 25-man roster.
Iannetta, 29, was batting just .197 with a .706 OPS through his first 26 games this season. The .233/.356/.429 career hitter is obviously capable of much better and could further bolster the Halos’ dangerous offensive attack for the stretch run.
The Angels entered play Saturday with a 55-45 record, ranking second in the four-team AL West.
Despite dealing with back trouble for five years, Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers recently made his first ever trip to the disabled list. Then he made another trip there. All of it has him contemplating his future. As he tells Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, his baseball future may be a short one if his health doesn’t improve:
“I want to get back this year to help the team and for me to be healthy,” Gonzalez said. “But I’m thinking more long-term about being able to play more years.
“Because if I have to deal with this next year again? That’ll probably be it. My contract will be over, that’ll probably be it. I won’t play any more. If I can heal it and my body feels good? Now I can go out there and do the things I can do. Then I’ll keep playing.”
Backs are one of those things that don’t get better as you get older. At least not without a lot of work and effort and good luck. Gonzalez is 35 now, so he’ll need all of that to keep playing beyond his current deal.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.