Fletcher, who played every inning this season before the injury, was held out of the starting lineup Monday and Wednesday, and wasn’t in Thursday’s lineup either as he continued to receive treatment. Angels manager Joe Maddon said on a conference call before Thursday’s game, and before the injured list move, that Fletcher was still sore.
“Whatever it takes to get him right, I’m into it. This guy is a baseball player. It’s really refreshing to see his game,” Maddon said. “I’m looking forward to having him back, I just can’t tell you exactly when.”
Fletcher this season has played shortstop, second base, and third base, and is hitting .313/.377/.438 in 35 games. The move was retroactive to Monday, so the earliest date he’s eligible to return is next Thursday, September 10.
The Angels called up outfielder Taylor Ward to take Fletcher’s place on the roster. Ward is 5-for-34 (.147) with a triple in 14 games this season, and has started five games in right field and three times in left.