ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with thoracic outlet syndrome on his left side.
Walsh has struggled offensively this season, hitting .215 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs in 118 games.
Angels head athletic coach Mike Frostad said ahead of Los Angeles playing Tampa Bay that it hasn’t been determined yet if Walsh will need surgery or if he could play again this season.
“We’ve been doing some testing over the last two days we’ve been here in St. Pete, and we’ve just decided it’s time to shut it down and see if we can get to the bottom of this story. a bit more,” Frostad said. “We’re still trying to sort out some details. Before we went on the trip, he kind of expressed some concerns to us. We’ll have more information next week.
In other roster moves, the Angels selected first baseman Mike Ford from Triple-A Salt Lake, recalled receiver Matt Thiass and named infielder Phil Gosselin for assignment.
Outfielder Mike Trout, who returned last Friday after missing 28 games with an upper back and rib injury, had a day off scheduled for Thursday. Los Angeles played its fourth game in seven straight games on artificial turf.
Ford was in the lineup at Tampa Bay, playing first and hitting fourth. He played 22 games combined, with a .150 batting average and five RBIs, this season with San Francisco, Seattle and Atlanta.
Ford played for the New York Yankees when Angels interim manager Phil Nevin coached. He played 101 games with the Yankees from 2019-21.
“Very talented with the bat,” Nevin said. “Play a good first base. A very athletic guy. He was a two-way player at Princeton. He’ll get looks this weekend, that’s for sure.
Nevin said Thaiss will likely catch a game this weekend.
Gosselin hit .098 with two RBIs in 22 games with the Angels. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, getting three out of five pitches between 48 and 52 mph, in Tuesday night’s 11-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
The Angels will make additional moves ahead of Friday night’s game in Toronto as Canada prohibits visitors not vaccinated against COVID-19 from entering the country. A few Los Angeles players shouldn’t make the trip.
“We will announce those moves tomorrow,” Nevin said.
Outfielder Ryan Aguilar joined the team but was not added to the active roster on Thursday. He hit .280 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 88 games for Double-A Rocket City.
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