Injuries & Moves: Marte optioned; Quijada update

July 12th, 2024

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July 11: RHP recalled from Double-A Rocket City; RHP optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake
The Angels announced Wednesday that Kochanowicz will be called up from Double-A Rocket City to make his big league debut in a start against the Mariners in the series opener on Thursday at Angel Stadium. Kochanowicz, the club's No. 7 prospect, was officially recalled before Thursday's game. The 23-year-old had a 5.06 ERA in 16 starts with the Trash Pandas but reeled off an impressive three-start stretch that saw him throw two complete games and post a 1.57 ERA in 23 innings. The 6-foot-7, 228-pounder was a third-round pick by the club in the 2019 Draft out of Harriton High School in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Despite posting a 3.55 ERA in 12 2/3 innings in the Majors, Marte was optioned to Salt Lake.

July 10: LHP recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake; RHP optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake
After consecutive short outings from right-handers Roansy Contreras and Daniel, the Angels needed a long reliever, so Rosenberg was called up for the first time this season. Rosenberg, 29, has been Salt Lake's most consistent pitcher, posting a 3.74 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 77 innings. He likely would've been called up earlier in the season, but he dealt with a quad injury that kept him out of action for several weeks in June. Daniel, the club's No. 26 prospect, was optioned after posting a 5.82 ERA in three outings, as he failed to capitalize on his first career start that saw him throw eight scoreless innings against the Rangers on July 8.

10-DAY/15-DAY INJURED LIST

INF (right wrist inflammation)
Expected return: Possibly July
Rengifo felt something during a swing on July 3 and left the game. He underwent X-rays that showed no damage, but underwent an MRI exam on July 5 that revealed inflammation. It was enough for Rengifo to land on the injured list for the second time this year. He's been having a breakout season, hitting .315 with 22 stolen bases in 69 games and was an All-Star candidate. The Angels are hopeful it'll be a short stay on the IL. He visited a hand specialist on July 8 and he was diagnosed with only inflammation and no strain. Rengifo called it good news and hopes to return shortly after the All-Star break. (Last updated: July 9) More >>

OF (torn meniscus in left knee)
Expected return: Possibly late July
Trout suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee against the Phillies on April 29 but was frustrated because he wasn't sure when he injured his knee. An MRI exam on April 30 revealed the tear. He underwent surgery on May 3 and is expected to return this season. The general timeline based on players who have had the same operation is roughly four to six weeks, but Trout is already beyond that point.

Trout spoke with the media on June 29, and said running is his biggest step and is hopeful to return by late July. Manager Ron Washington said on July 4 that Trout has resumed running on a treadmill and hitting off a tee on the field. Trout said on July 8 that he's progressed to jogging on the field and taking soft toss. He believes he's close to taking batting practice and his running progression will continue to ramp up. (Last updated: July 8)

RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: Possibly July
The Angels announced on July 8 that Cimber had moved his rehab to the club's Spring Training Complex in Arizona. He threw a side session July 3 and live batting practice on July 6. Cimber landed on the 15-day injured list on June 15, one day after allowing four runs to the Giants in one-third of an inning in the Angels' eventual 8-6 win at Oracle Park. Manager Ron Washington said Cimber first told him about the shoulder issue later that night, but the veteran right-hander had been receiving treatment before then. Cimber progressed to throwing from 90 feet on June 24 and threw from 90 feet again on June 27. (Last updated: July 8)

60-DAY INJURED LIST

LHP (torn ulnar collateral ligament)
Expected return: Possibly July
Quijada was moved up to Triple-A Salt Lake as part of his rehab on July 10, recording two outs without allowing a run. He suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament and underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on May 17, 2023. He will likely return by midseason, depending on how he responds. (Last updated: July 11)

RHP (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return: Possibly late 2024
Wantz appeared in only one Major League game this season and was placed on the 15-day IL retroactive to July 1. He is set to undergo further evaluation on his elbow, and was moved to the 60-day IL on July 5. He's still weighing his options with his elbow injury, as of July 8. (Last updated: July 8)

RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return:
Possibly July
Cisnero struggled in his last outing on April 27, allowing a three-run homer to the Twins' Carlos Santana while recording just two outs in relief. After the game, he complained of shoulder discomfort and was placed on the injured list on April 28. Cisnero started his throwing progression and played catch on May 9. He progressed to throwing from 120 feet on May 17 and threw off a mound on May 19. But he felt tightness in his lower back after throwing and was moved to the 60-day injured list on May 29. He resumed throwing on June 10 and threw from 120 feet on June 21 before proceeding to throw off a mound on June 28. (Last updated: July 5)

LHP (torn flexor tendon, torn ulnar collateral ligament)
Expected return: Possibly late 2025
Sandoval exited his June 21 start against the Dodgers with left forearm tightness and was placed on the injured list the next day with a left elbow strain. Sandoval felt it while pitching to former teammate Shohei Ohtani, signaling to the dugout after he threw an 89 mph fastball. He underwent an MRI exam on June 22 and told reporters on June 24 that he was diagnosed with a high-grade flexor tendon tear and a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He said he'll undergo surgery soon and expects to be out for at least a year. There remains a chance he could be out until 2026.

Sandoval was moved to the 60-day IL on June 25. He underwent successful surgery to repair his UCL on June 26. On June 29, he said that he had a brace inserted in his elbow as part of his Tommy John surgery. His timetable is roughly 12-14 months. (Last updated: June 29)

RHP (right lat strain)
Expected return: 2025
Caceres suffered a lat strain during Spring Training that required season-ending surgery in March. He made his Major League debut in 2023, allowing one run in 1 1/3 innings. He also had a 4.12 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings across three Minor League levels. He was officially shifted to the 60-day injured list on May 9. (Last updated: May 10)

RHP (torn ulnar collateral ligament)
Expected return: 2025
The Angels announced on April 18 that Stephenson would undergo season-ending elbow surgery, and he had Tommy John surgery with a brace inserted in his elbow on May 1. Stephenson said he believes it'll be a 12-month recovery but could take as long as 18 months. He was transferred to the 60-day injured list on April 21.

Stephenson was removed from his first rehab appearance on April 13 after facing just one batter and feeling something in his right elbow. Pitching for Triple-A Salt Lake, the right-hander opened up the bottom of the seventh inning on the mound but threw only four pitches, all balls, before signaling to the dugout. After speaking briefly to the trainer and a coach, Stephenson departed. (Last updated: May 3)