Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos was hit on the hand with a 91 MPH fastball from Astros starter Jordan Lyles in the top of the fourth this afternoon. He was taken out of the lineup after the inning and replaced by J.B. Shuck. Bourjos left to have x-rays taken on his hand, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times.
Bourjos had already missed six weeks between April 30 and June 9 with a strained left hamstring and returned to the Angels lineup for the first time this afternoon since jamming his left thumb while sliding in a game against the Pirates on Sunday. Bourjos is hitting .326 on the year, a marked improvement over his 2012 season, when he hit .220.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.