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Angels promote third base prospect Kaleb Cowart


Via the official Twitter account of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim …

Cowart, the 18th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, has batted .323/.395/.491 with six home runs and 45 RBI in 62 games this season at the Triple-A level. The 23-year-old will make his major league debut at third base Tuesday night against the White Sox and could see semi-regular starts at the hot corner for Anaheim until David Freese returns in a couple weeks from his fractured right index finger.

Gillaspie, 28, hit just .203/.250/.344 in 68 plate appearances with Anaheim. He opened the 2015 regular season as the White Sox starting third baseman but is now without a 40-man roster spot.

White Sox trade Conor Gillaspie to Angels

Conor Gillaspie

In the market for third base help in the wake of David Freese’s fractured finger, the Angels have acquired Conor Gillaspie from the White Sox in exchange for cash considerations.

Gillaspie was designated for assignment by the White Sox earlier this week after hitting just .237 with a .640 OPS this season, but he batted .282 with a .752 OPS last year and the Angels were basically just looking for someone decent to fill in for 3-4 weeks.

Assuming that Freese returns at some point next month the Angels could shift Gillaspie into a left-handed bench bat role.

Angels lose third baseman David Freese to fractured finger

David Freese AP

Wednesday night’s win over the Twins was a costly one for the Angels, who lost third baseman David Freese to a fractured right index finger after he was hit on the hand by a Mike Pelfrey pitch.

Freese said after the game that he hopes to return in as little as three weeks, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll spend the next two weeks with his finger in a splint. Kyle Kubitza, who got a brief call-up to the Angels earlier this season, is expected to sub for Freese at third base.

Freese has hit .240 with 11 homers and a .706 OPS in 90 games to basically match his production from last season, but he’s yet to reach the higher offensive levels he called home with the Cardinals from 2009-2013.