The Angels have not had much in the way of good injury news recently, but they finally got some on Wednesday, as they reinstated Jared Walsh off the 10-day injured list. He is in the lineup for the club’s game against the Blue Jays.
Jared Walsh in the lineup tonight.— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) August 11, 2021
Walsh originally suffered the injury on July 26 against the Rockies on a swing during one of his at-bats and was later removed for a defensive replacement in the 8th inning. Further testing showed this to be a right intercostal strain, which prompted the move to the IL two days later. In his absence, the Halos had primarily been using Phil Gosselin both at first base and in the middle of the lineup.
Walsh’s return could not come at a better time, as the Angels have been slumping with the bats for quite some time now. In the 15 games that he missed, the Halos averaged just 3.3 runs per game, a number that could look even worse if not for an 11-run showing against the Rangers last week.
Walsh, on the other hand, had been in the middle of a very productive campaign in just his first season as an everyday contributor before his injury, hitting .266/.320/.516 with 22 home runs and earning a reserve spot on the American League All-Star team. He had been struggling a bit since the beginning of the second half, hitting just .175 with no home runs in 10 games before hitting the injured list, but his presence behind Shohei Ohtani in the Angels lineup should be able to provide a boost to a group that has lacked a punch ever since he went down.