The Angels added a pair of outfield reinforcements before their series opener against the Mariners on Tuesday in Seattle, with Jo Adell batting seventh and starting in right field in his major league debut.
When Adell was told Sunday he was getting called up, he said his father was on a work call but he got through first to his mother.
“She jumped 10 feet in the air,” Adell said. “Not only is it me going through, doing all the work and preparing, but my family’s made sacrifices over the years for this. To watch everyone be excited like we’ve all done it, and really we have.”
Joe Maddon said Justin Upton and Brian Goodwin would platoon in left field, with Adell taking the bulk of the playing time in right field. Adell will also start Wednesday’s game.
“He’s a blank canvas with a lot of ability, so I’m really looking forward to this,” Maddon said on a conference call Tuesday. “When you bring up an Adell or a player like that, first of all you have to believe he’s ready to do this. Second of all, you don’t want him sitting around as a bench player. It’s not going to help us.”
Mike Trout is also back, after missing four games to be home for the birth of his son Beckham. He said it was difficult leaving his son and wife Jessica for the road trip.
“To watch her go through [the birth], and for me not being able to do anything to help her, she’s a champ,” Trout said on a conference call. “I don’t know if I could have gone through that. How brave she was, and how strong she was is pretty incredible.”
Trout was activated from the restricted list, and Adell was selected to the roster, the latter just a fancy term for adding him to the 40-man roster.
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To make room for both on the active roster, the Angels optioned outfielder Michael Hermosillo and first baseman Jared Walsh to the club’s alternate training site at Blair Field in Long Beach.
Hermosillo was 2-for-8 with a walk, a stolen base, and two RBI in seven games, and drove home the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning on Saturday to beat the Astros. Walsh was 0-for-10 in seven games, including a pair of starts at first base.
The Angels also placed Cam Bedrosian on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Monday with a strained right adductor, and recalled Kyle Keller to join the bullpen.
Shohei Ohtani is out of the lineup for the Angels, one day after the club announced a forearm strain that will keep him from throwing for 4-6 weeks. He figures to be the primary designated hitter going forward, perhaps starting as early as Wednesday night.
“From what I’ve been told so far, he should have no hold ups with his hitting,” Maddon said. “Just today he’s still a little sore, so we chose to not push him.”
Andrew Heaney makes his third start of the season for the Angels, and his second straight against Seattle. He struck out six in five innings last Wednesday in Anaheim, allowing two runs in a no-decision.
Justin Dunn, who allowed three runs in three innings in that same game, starts for the Mariners on Tuesday night in the series opener.
In addition to the local broadcast on Fox Sports West, Tuesday night’s game will also be televised by ESPN, with Jon Sciambi and Chipper Jones on the call nationally.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: Fox Sports West, ESPN