The Angels got back another piece of their starting rotation on Monday, as they activated Jose Quintana from the Injured List. In the move, the club optioned Jaime Barria to Triple-A Salt Lake and Chris Rodriguez to Double-A Rocket City
Quintana was placed on the IL on May 21 due to left shoulder inflammation. Prior to the injury, he was 0-3 with a 7.22 ERA. It had been a rough month to begin the season for the veteran, but hopefully the shoulder injury was part of the reason for it. He’s had some positives, as his strikeout per nine rate of 13.4.
In the move, both Barria and Rodriguez were sent down. Things haven’t gone well for Barria, as he’s allowed seven runs in only six innings of action. He also has five walks and only one strikeout.
Meanwhile, it’s been a pretty solid rookie campaign for Rodriguez. He owns a 3.66 ERA in 13 games and has a 3.27 FIP.
Shohei Ohtani was named the American League Player of the Week. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as he had one of the best all-around weeks we’ve ever seen.
At the plate, posted a slash line of .296/.387/963 with eight hits, six home runs, nine RBI and six runs scored. On the mound, he took home a win after throwing six innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts in his start on Thursday.
Ohtani joined his All-Star teammate Mike Trout (2014 & 2018), Troy Glaus (2000) and Don Baylor (1978-79) as the only players in team history to record at least 20 home runs and 10 stolen bases prior to the All-Star Game.
For his career, Ohtani now has 70 career home runs and 139 career strikeouts as a pitcher. He became the fourth Major League player in history to post those totals-or-better, joining Hall of Famer Babe Ruth (714 HR, 501 SO), Rick Ankiel (76, 269) and Johnny Lindell (72, 146).