Minneapolis — Justin Upton has returned to the Angels lineup with a refreshed back and new routines.
Upton said he has now changed the way he maintains his back after missing out for nearly a month with a back injury that should have taken only a few days.
“The pre-match work with trainers and coaches has changed,” Upton said Thursday. “There’s a lot of the same thing we’ve done, but it’s more workload-intensive than before.”
Upton has been on the injured list twice this season due to back issues, but he said the April issue had nothing to do with this issue.
The left fielder also said he didn’t expect this to keep him out of the lineup for a long time.
“There were some protracted issues that had to be resolved before I could get out and feel comfortable,” he said. “I think we were able to control it.”
Upton flourished in the lead-off spot before he was injured, but since then David Fletcher has been one of the team’s most productive batters at the spot, so manager Joe Maddon moves him to third place. Did.
Mike Trout, who is straining his calf, ran the base for the first time in three days. He also did some training in the outfield and practiced batting.
The Angels plan to send three American League MVPs to rehab missions at any time, but neither Maddon nor Perry Minasian General Manager has a specific schedule for how fast it will be.
“It’s really every day to understand that part of it,” Maddon said.
The Angels promoted pitching prospects Reid Detmers and Chris Rodriguez from Double A Rocket City to Triple A Salt Lake on Thursday.
The Angels’ first choice in 2020 was the Detomers, who scored 3.50 ERA with 12 double A starts and 97 strikeouts with 54 innings. Rodriguez started the season in majors but went to double A to be stretched as a starter. He currently has up to 73 balls in five games, scoring 4.26 ERA.
“We feel both guys are ready for a new challenge,” said Minassian, who does not rule out being in the majors later this season.
Maddon said the organization was encouraged by the feeling that they were ready to move.
“We like the idea of pushing them a little,” Maddon said. “Obviously, there’s one thing we have to do here. It’s pitching. We really need to attack the pitching end of the organization.”
The Angels want to give Shohei Ohtani another day’s rest, so the starters for Sunday’s series finale in Minnesota aren’t listed. He will rest and pitch at home for six days this Monday. Maddon said Sunday’s starter would be someone who isn’t currently on the roster. …
Third baseman Anthony Rendon (hamstring) isn’t expected to be back for at least another week, but he’s working with the Auckland and Minnesota teams. It is still unclear if he will need a rehab assignment. …
The Angels chose to make Upton’s spot on outfielder Taylor Ward. The Angels haven’t had time to play in the ward since the All-Star Break, adding Apton, Brandon Marsh and Adam Eaton to the roster.
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