Thankfully, it was just a regular season game in April, but the ghost of Steve Bartman was present at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Sunday. With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus fouled off a 2-2 Mike Morin fastball, sending it towards the stands down the right field line. Right fielder Kole Calhoun dashed after it and appeared to have an opportunity to make a play on it, but the ball found a fan’s glove first.
First base umpire Jim Reynolds initially ruled that it was simply a foul ball. Angels manager Mike Scioscia came out to Reynolds to challenge the ruling. Upon replay review, the umpires reversed the ruling, calling Andrus out. Rangers manager Jeff Banister was none too pleased and was immediately ejected for arguing the call.
Here’s video of the play:
UPDATE: According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Morin injured the bottom of his foot while walking on the beach in Florida after Saturday’s game against the Rays. That’s…different. He ended up needing four stitches. The good news is that he’s expected to be back when he’s eligible in two weeks.
6:15 p.m. ET: The Angels’ bullpen was dealt a tough blow this afternoon, as right-handed reliever Mike Morin was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left foot laceration.
Morin has been excellent since making his major league debut in late-April, posting a 2.36 ERA and 40/10 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. He’s not a particularly hard-thrower, averaging just around 91 mph on his fastball, but he gets a number of swings and misses thanks to his changeup and slider.
In a corresponding roster move, the Angels have activated outfielder Collin Cowgill from the 15-day disabled list. The 28-year-old has been sidelined since he broke his nose and his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch on July 12, but he made it through a brief minor league rehab assignment with no issues. He’s batting .277/.354/.407 with five home runs and 16 RBI over 69 games this season.
This wasn’t quite in the Bob Boone/Pete Rose echelon of deflected pop-up catches, but Angels reliever Mike Morin made a good one nonetheless on Sunday afternoon against the Astros. With a runner on first base and two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Jonathan Singleton popped up a 3-1 fastball.
Catcher Hank Conger and first baseman C.J. Cron both came in to attempt to catch the ball a few feet in front of the pitchers mound, but they bumped into each other. The ball deflected off of Hank Conger’s mitt and a crouching Morin sprang to his side to make the catch before the ball hit the ground.
The Angels went on to win 6-1, polishing off a four-game series sweep of the Astros. At 51-36, the Angels have the second-best record in the American League. The best team happens to play in the AL West as well, however, as the Athletics lead by 3.5 games with a 55-33 record.