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Andrelton Simmons close to returning to the field, and other Angels DL updates

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The Angels seem to keep taking blow after blow when it comes to injuries and trips to the DL, to the sadness of fans everywhere. As if this team didn't have enough stacked against it, just in terms of expected talent on the field, now the injury gods are testing their will to trudge along in this early season, and burying them in the AL West standings in the process.

The DL moves and injury list can be daunting to keep track of, so I thought i'd throw something together today, just to see where  we're at with a lot of these guys. With the way this team has been playing, they actually make me wonder what they'd accomplish if they had a few of these DL denizens back on the field, but the cold reality is that the team is banged up, and many still have a ways to go before being activated.

Andrelton Simmons:

Simba actually has some positive injury news surrounding him right now. He was expected to miss about six weeks, maybe more, with his thumb injury, but he's already back on the baseball field. Well, the Inland Empire 66ers field, that is. Simmons starts his rehab assignment there tonight, and if all goes as planned, he could be activated as soon as this weekend. That might put him around the five week mark in his return to the field, one week ahead of most estimates. I'll take it.

C.J. Wilson:

Wilson had a setback recently, just after he did his first rehab start with the 66ers. He was shutdown from all throwing, but recent news has him back to throwing activities. They'll probably work him in slowly again, so it's all a matter of how he does after his next rehab start (whenever that will be). Some wonder if he'll ever pitch for the Angels again...i'm begin to wonder this myself.

Tyler Skaggs:

Skaggs has been coming along fine in his Arizona assignments. He'll pitch five innings on Wednesday, and after that he'll join the Bees to get in some rehab starts. We'll have a better idea of what Skaggs' 2016 holds after we see him with SLC.

Nick Tropeano:

NiTro is the latest DL casualty, due to shoulder issue, but the team says there's no structural damage and they expect it to just be no more than a 15 day stint. In the meantime, this injury allows us to see David Huff, signed to a minor league deal three weeks ago, start against the Yankees tomorrow. Yay.

Joe Smith:

This is a new one, but no DL yet. Emphasis on the "yet". Smith apparently has a hamstring issue, and is officially inactive for tonight's series opener in New York. The team will decide on DL or no DL tomorrow.

Daniel Nava:

Nava has only recently begun "baseball activities", so still a ways to go for the LF.

Geovany Soto:

Soto is basically in the same spot as Nava...doing light baseball activities, throwing the ball, etc. No timetable for return.

Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney:

These two are on some of that good, good stem cell stuff, as reported by Alden Gonzalez awhile back. No updates here.