Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Angels outfielder Mike Trout are already making a lot of history individually, but today they did so together.
With the Angels and Dodgers squaring off in an interleague series this weekend, Kershaw is pitching against Trout this afternoon. This marks the first time in MLB history that reigning MVPs have faced off against each other. It promises to be a fun afternoon.
Kershaw has the upper hand so far. The southpaw struck out Trout looking with a nasty curveball in the first inning.
UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Wilson has been diagnosed with a left elbow impingement, which is “secondary to arthritis.” The southpaw just said that he’ll need surgery to clean out a bone spur, which is expected to end his season. That’s a blow for the Angels, but fortunately they have some depth in their rotation.
11:37 a.m. ET: Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with what was termed as left elbow inflammation. However, this update from Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times doesn’t sound encouraging:
It’s very unusual, if nothing else. The assumption was that Matt Shoemaker would be headed to bullpen when Jered Weaver returns from the disabled list, but he could end up keeping his rotation spot for the foreseeable future if Wilson’s injury turns out to be serious. Fortunately for the Angels, Shoemaker has pitched much better of late. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts and owns a 2.01 ERA dating back to June 26.
After having his worst season as a starter in 2014, Wilson has bounced back this year with a 3.89 ERA and 110/46 K/BB ratio in 132 innings over 21 starts. The 34-year-old is under contract for $20 million in 2016.
The Angels placed starter C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 29, due to elbow inflammation, the club announced on Twitter. Pitcher Drew Rucinski was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake. Jered Weaver is expected to take Wilson’s spot in the rotation when he comes off of the disabled list himself.
Wilson, 34, had fluid drained from his elbow in late April. He’s put together a decent season, sitting on a 3.89 ERA with a 110/46 K/BB ratio over 132 innings.
Weaver, 32, struggled before hitting the DL after his June 20 start due to a hip injury. The right-hander posted a 4.75 ERA with a 49/16 K/BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings. The strikeout rate is by far the lowest of his 10-year career.
The Astros and Angels were locked in a scoreless tie Thursday night until Jason Castro stepped to the plate against Fernando Salas with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Take it away, Mr. Castro…
Now that’s a quality bat-flip.
Scott Kazmir, who was acquired from the Athletics last week, held the Angels to three hits over 7 2/3 scoreless frames. The Astros swept the three-game series from the Angels, so they now hold a two-game lead in the American League West. Oh, and they have Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers on the way. Pretty fun night to be an Astros fan, huh?
Angels slugger Mike Trout is back in tonight’s lineup against the Astros after missing two games with left wrist inflammation.
Trout injured his wrist while attempting to make a diving catch on Sunday, but an MRI revealed no structural damage. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the 23-year-old was cleared to return after he hit off a tee without any issues. He’s starting in center field tonight as the Angels attempt to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Astros. The team is currently one game back of Houston in the AL West.
Trout leads the majors with 31 home runs and owns a .315/.405/.632 batting line over 97 games.