CHICAGO – Joe Adele is still out, and Joe Maddon isn’t sure when he’ll be back.
Angels manager said Adele is still “suffering” from her collision with the outfield fence on Saturday night. The Angels have not placed her on the injured list and Madden did not provide further details about the injury, other than Adele’s hip and back injuries sustained from a collision.
“I’m not sure when he’ll be able to start again,” Maddon said. “It’s just sore. That’s what I’m getting at.”
Adele has an eight-game hitting streak, and has made significant improvements at plate and field over the past year.
Without Adele, Phil Gosselin moved from field to left field. Jack Mayfield started at third base and Luis Rengifo started at shortstop.
Adele’s absence has cleared the way for Rengifo to keep an eye on the shortstop. Tuesday night was his seventh start at shortstop in the last nine games.
“I want to see him as often as possible,” Madon said.
Madon has congratulated Rengifo for his better conditioning as well as his better defense as he returns to the majors in September.
“Rangifo actually showed a lot better on defense so far this year,” Maddon said. “I can’t tell you I saw the same things, especially at shortstop, last year. Give him a lot of credit. He has restructured his body in a way. He looks in better shape. He looks leaner. He walks better. And he’s playing. So I think it’s fitting for us to watch it now. It’s just a small snapshot, but it’s better than the snapshot I’ve seen before.”
Mike Trout is the Angels’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which annually recognizes a player for his community service.
One of the primary reasons for trout has been suicide prevention. He and his wife Jessica created a show after losing Jessica’s brother, Aaron Cox, three years earlier.
“He’s very philanthropic,” Maddon said. “He is one of the most ordinary people I have ever met for the superstar status he has accumulated. I really enjoy interacting with him on a daily basis.”
Alex Cobb, who was injured after a wrist problem, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and if he makes a good comeback from it, he is expected to return to start the series finale in Chicago on Thursday.
Maddon said relievers Jose Marte and Austin Warren, who were both on the COVID-related injured list, are expected to be active for the series against Oakland A later this week.
Maddon said left-handed starter Reid Detters, who also tested positive for COVID, is expected to be active around September 25. Determiners are unlikely to be spread out enough for a conventional start.
Maddon said Shohei Ohtani has the “pencil” to start on the mound against A at home on Friday. Ohtani said through his interpreter after his last outing on Friday that he felt some “pain” a week before his career-high 117 pitches. Maddon has stated that he has not heard anything to indicate that September was anything but normal for a pitcher, so the Angels have not changed Ohtani’s schedule as of now. …
Ohtani, who has 44 home runs, is now one homer behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the race for the major league home run crown. Maddon stuck to his claim that Ohtani should win the MVP, however. “(Guerrero) has had an amazing offensive year,” Madon said. “No question about it. But so is our boy. And I hope people are not tempted to think that just winning the home run title will affect the MVP race. …
Maddon, 67, said he was delighted when 76-year-old Toni La Russa was hired to manage the White Sox last winter. “I called my agent, Alan Nero, and said I was good for 10 more years,” quipped Madon.
Angels (RHP Jason Junk, 0-1, 2.45 ERA) White Sox (LHP Dallas Keuchel, 8-9, 5.33), Wednesday, 5:10 p.m., Bally Sports West, 830 AM