The Angels made it an emphasis this offseason to add pitching, to both their starting rotation and bullpen. They did a pretty solid job all things considered, and improved on both ends. However, it looks like they’ll be starting the season short in the bullpen.
On Tuesday, Joe Maddon told reporters that Felix Peña was diagnosed with a grade 1 right hamstring strain. The timetable for his recovery is expected to be anywhere between two and four weeks.
Peña exited the game on Monday and received an MRI on Tuesday. Best-case scenario is that he might be ready for Opening Day, but based on the timetable given it seems likely he’ll begin the season on the Injured List.
Though brief, Peña’s spring hasn’t gone too well. In four outings, he’s allowed four runs on six hits in 3 2⁄3 innings. He has a WHIP of 1.91 and opponents are hitting .353 off him.
Maddon said he isn’t worried about it potentially hurting the bullpen, as he added that there are a number of guys who can fill in nicely while he’s out.
Angels General Manager Perry Minasian spoke with reporters after Maddon and said that there’s still a chance the club could add pieces to their bullpen from outside the organization.
Other news and notes
- Although he didn’t confirm what the starting rotation order will look like, Maddon said that it will feature the six arms that are expected, including: Dylan Bundy, Griffin Canning, Alex Cobb, Andrew Heaney, Jose Quintana and Shohei Ohtani
- The Angels made some roster moves as they reassigned Davis Daniel, Denny Brady, Jack Kruger, Keinner Pina, Harrison Wenson, Brennon Lund, Jordyn Adams, Jeremiah Jackson, and Livan Soto to minor league camp
- Minasian said there’s no current update on the Mickey Callaway investigation