Injuries & Moves: Rengifo exits with back tightness

August 18th, 2022

Keep track of the Angels’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.


Aug 17: INF Luis Rengifo exits with lower back tightness
Rengifo, who has been the Angels' hottest hitter for more than a month, left Wednesday's game against the Mariners in the eighth inning with lower back tightness. He was replaced by Jose Rojas at third base. But interim manager Phil Nevin said it's considered a minor injury and that he expected Rengifo to be back in the lineup on Friday against the Tigers.

Aug 17: OF  plans to return on Aug. 19
Trout met with the media before Wednesday's game against the Mariners and said the current plan is for him to return on Friday against the Tigers in Detroit. Trout has been out since July 12 with a back/rib cage injury but faced live pitching without any issues on Monday. He had a scheduled off-day on Tuesday but said on Wednesday that he's fully healthy and ready to go.


10-day and 15-day injured lists

OF Mike Trout (back spasms, left rib cage irritation)
Expected return:
Possibly Aug. 19
After landing on the IL on July 18, Trout visited spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins on July 28 and said he had been making good progress. Trout started rotational exercises on Aug. 3, and interim manager Phil Nevin said Trout began swinging off a tee on Aug. 8. He progressed to soft-toss drills on the field on Aug. 13 and has been throwing and running without any issues. Trout progressed to taking batting practice on the field on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14, before taking live batting practice on Aug. 15. Trout had a scheduled day off on Aug. 16, but Nevin said Trout felt great after facing live pitching. Trout said on Aug. 17 that he expects to return on Aug. 19 against the Tigers in Detroit. (Last updated: Aug. 17)

OF (fractured left middle finger)
Expected return: Possibly late 2022
Moniak, whom the Angels acquired from the Phillies in the Noah Syndergaard trade, fractured the tip of his left middle finger while attempting to bunt on Aug. 6. The 24-year-old had been playing well in his first five games with the Angels, batting .286 with two homers and three RBIs. Head athletic trainer Mike Frostad said Moniak hasn't been ruled out for the season, as it's an injury Moniak could play through once it heals more. Moniak had his stitches removed on Aug. 12 and could progress to swinging a bat soon. (Last updated: Aug. 12)

60-day injured list

RHP Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: Early September
Lorenzen was placed on the 15-day IL on July 7 after he felt discomfort in his throwing shoulder. He flew back to Southern California to undergo an MRI exam, which didn't show any structural damage, per interim manager Phil Nevin on July 8. Lorenzen was scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Double-A Rocket City on July 22, but he was scratched, as it was determined he wasn't ready to face hitters. Lorenzen threw a three-inning simulated game at Angel Stadium on Aug. 16 and said he'll make two rehab starts with Triple-A Salt Lake before returning. The right-hander was moved to the 60-day injured list on Aug. 6, which doesn't affect his timeline to return. Lorenzen is eligible to be reinstated on Sept. 2. (Last updated: Aug. 16)

INF Matt Duffy (lower back spasms)
Expected return:
Possibly late August
Duffy left the Angels' June 26 game vs. the Mariners in the fourth inning, as he was dealing with tightness in his lower back. He was diagnosed with lower back spasms, which he has dealt with before. Duffy began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Aug. 16 and is expected to play there for a little more than a week. Duffy, who was placed on the 60-day injured list on July 28, won't be eligible to return until Aug. 26. (Last updated: Aug. 16)

3B Anthony Rendon (right wrist surgery)
Expected return: 2023
For the second straight year, Rendon saw his season end prematurely, this time because of surgery on June 20 to repair his right wrist. Rendon, 32, finished the season hitting .228/.324/.383 with five homers and 24 RBIs in 45 games. Rendon, who has four years and $154 million remaining on his contract, was cleared to start taking ground balls at third base on Aug. 12. Head athletic trainer Mike Frostad said Rendon should be able to have a normal offseason heading into the 2023 season. (Last updated: Aug. 13)

RHP Archie Bradley (right elbow fracture)
Expected return:
Possibly September
Bradley was injured during the June 26 brawl with the Mariners, as he hurt himself while attempting to go over the dugout railing to join the fracas. Bradley, who has posted a 4.82 ERA in 18 2/3 innings this year, also has missed time with a left abdominal strain. Head athletic trainer Mike Frostad said on Aug. 12 that Bradley hasn't started throwing yet and there's a chance he might not return this season. (Last updated: Aug. 12)

RHP Griffin Canning (lower back stress fracture)
Expected return: 2023
Canning tried to play catch May 16, but it didn’t go as planned, head athletic trainer Mike Frostad said. Canning visited a back specialist on May 23, when it was determined that a conservative plan of treatment would be best and that he didn't need surgery, though there’s still a chance he will if his back doesn't heal properly. It's another setback for Canning, who was limited to 62 2/3 innings last year and was shut down with his back injury on Aug. 10. Frostad said on Aug. 4 that Canning won't have enough time to get ready to pitch this season, so he'll be out until 2023. (Last updated: Aug. 4)

RHP Chris Rodriguez (torn right shoulder capsule)
Expected return: Possibly late 2022
Rodriguez underwent surgery in the offseason to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder. He also suffered a setback while throwing in early May, but he started his throwing program the week of June 20. Head athletic trainer Mike Frostad said on Aug. 4 that Rodriguez has been throwing in Arizona, but he isn't expected to have enough time to return this season. Frostad said Rodriguez has been feeling good and that he should be healthy heading into next year. (Last updated: Aug. 4)