Injuries & Moves: Soriano to IL with abdomen infection

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June 20: RHP placed on 15-day IL with abdomen infection, retroactive to June 17; INF outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake
Soriano landed on the IL three days after being scratched from his scheduled start on Monday against the Brewers. Angels manager Ron Washington said Tuesday that Soriano was dealing with an infection, but the club did not expect the righty to require an IL stint. Zach Plesac will likely take Soriano's spot in the rotation for now, beginning Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Soriano has a 3.48 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) in 2024. Tucker, who was designated for assignment on Monday to clear space for Brandon Drury's return, will remain with the organization. The infielder hit .180 with a .563 OPS in 50 Major League at-bats this season.

June 19: INF Brandon Drury scratched with illness
Drury was originally penciled in Wednesday's lineup at second base and batting sixth, but was scratched due to an illness. Luis Guillorme took his place at second and is batting ninth.

Drury was just activated off the injured list on June 17 after missing over a month with a left hamstring strain. With the off day on Thursday, Drury will have two days to recover before the Angels head to Dodger Stadium for a two-game series from June 21-22.

June 18: RHP José Soriano scratched from Monday's start; no IL stint is expected
Soriano was scratched from his scheduled start on Monday against the Brewers roughly two and a half hours before first pitch due to lower abdominal pain. On Tuesday, Angels manager Ron Washington said Soriano is dealing with an infection. Soriano threw on Tuesday with discomfort, but Washington and the Angels do not believe this will require a stint on the IL. There was no further update about Soriano's status on Wednesday.

Soriano could hypothetically pitch on Friday or Saturday at Dodger Stadium, but with off-days on Thursday and Sunday, the Angels could shoot for the right-hander to return during next week's homestand. The 25-year-old Soriano has thrived in the Angels' rotation, posting a 3.48 ERA across 14 games (12 starts).

June 17: INF Brandon Drury reinstated from IL; LHP José Suarez and INF Cole Tucker DFA'd
Drury exited with a left hamstring strain against the Pirates on May 8, was placed on the injured list on May 9 and began a rehab assignment on June 11. The veteran infielder had a .470 OPS and one home run in 30 games prior to the injury. Tucker was designated for assignment to clear room for Drury's return.

Designating the 26-year-old Suarez for assignment was a big move, as the lefty had struggled to the tune of an 8.15 ERA in 35 1/3 innings this season after posting an 8.29 ERA in 33 2/3 innings last season. Suarez's 8.22 ERA dating back to the beginning of 2023 is the highest among 453 pitchers who've thrown at least 50 innings.

The former top prospect developed into a solid starter for the Angels from 2021-22 (3.86 ERA in 207 1/3 innings), but couldn't replicate that success the last two years. After struggling in his first start of the season last Tuesday vs. the D-backs (four earned runs in 2 2/3 innings), Suarez took the loss on Sunday in San Francisco out of the bullpen, when he allowed five earned runs in one-plus inning.

"It was the right move because he just wasn't performing," Angels manager Ron Washington said of Suarez. "We needed to get some people up here to perform."

Washington added that he hopes no other team claims Suarez and that the Angels can keep him in the organization. The Angels' manager believes that "they can get him right." Suarez could remain in the organization if he clears waivers and accepts a demotion to the Minors. However, because Suarez has more than three years of service time, he has the option to reject the outright assignment in favor of free agency in the event that no team claims him.

10-DAY/15-DAY INJURED LIST

RHP (abdomen infection)
Expected return: Beginning of July
Soriano was scratched from his June 17 start roughly 2 1/2 hours before first pitch with lower abdominal pain. The Angels hoped Soriano would be able to avoid the injured list, but the right-hander was placed on the IL on June 20, retroactive to June 17. Soriano will be eligible to return on July 2. (Last updated: June 20)

OF (torn meniscus in left knee)
Expected return: Possibly midseason
Trout suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee against the Phillies on April 29 but was frustrated because he said he wasn't even sure when he initially 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 at that point and isn't close to returning. Trout spoke to the media on June 18 and said he's progressing, but not as quickly as he'd hoped. Trout is using the stationary bike and elliptical and hopes to progress to running soon. There is no timetable for his return. (Last updated: June 18)

RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: Late June at the earliest
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 prior to then. (Last updated: June 15)

INF (left knee inflammation)
Expected return: Possibly June
Sanó had been dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee and was placed on the injured list on May 1, retroactive to April 28. He left games early on April 24 and April 26 with left knee soreness and underwent an MRI exam on April 27 that revealed inflammation, necessitating a trip to the IL.

After starting a rehab assignment in the Arizona Complex League, Sanó accidentally burned his left knee on May 25 because of a mishap with a heating pad. He was pulled from his rehab assignment on May 29 because the burn was severe enough that he needed further treatment. He resumed baseball activities on May 31 and played in his first game since the heating pad issue on June 8, recording one hit in three at-bats. He played five innings at third base on June 10 and started at designated hitter on June 11. His rehab assignment was transferred to Triple-A Salt Lake on June 14. (Last updated: June 14)

60-DAY INJURED LIST

3B (left hamstring strain)
Expected return: Possibly midseason
Rendon sustained a left hamstring strain while beating out an infield single on April 20 and was placed on the injured list on April 21. Rendon met with reporters on April 26 and said he was diagnosed with a high-grade partial tear of his hamstring. He said there's no timetable for his return, but it's expected to be a lengthy absence. He was moved to the 60-day injured list on May 9.

On June 18, Washington said Rendon had begun taking full infield practice with the rest of the Angels infielders and was feeling good. The next step is getting him more reps in the cage before determining how close he'd be to returning. (Last updated: June 18)

LHP (torn ulnar collateral ligament)
Expected return: Possibly July
Quijada suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament and underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on May 17, 2023. He missed the rest of the 2023 season. Having remained in Arizona to work on his rehab, Quijada threw a bullpen session on May 17 and another on May 21. He will likely return by midseason, depending on how he responds to rehab.

He took the week off of throwing from May 27-June 2 as part of his rehab plan, but resumed throwing on June 3. Quijada threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on June 7. He progressed to throwing against hitters in a live bullpen session on June 11 and threw live batting practice on June 14. He was expected to throw another live bullpen session on June 18. (Last updated: June 18)

RHP (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return:
June
Silseth felt something in his elbow while throwing breaking pitches during his outing against the Red Sox on April 7 and underwent an MRI exam the next day. On April 10, he said the results showed inflammation and no structural damage. He also had a second opinion on his elbow, but the doctors agreed it was just inflammation.

Silseth pitched four innings (56 pitches) for the ACL Angels on June 6. After pitching 2 2/3 innings in his first outing with Triple-A Salt Lake on June 11, Silseth stretched out to five innings on 78 pitches for the Bees on June 16. The plan is for Silseth to make another rehab start on June 21. (Last updated: June 17)

RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return:
Late June at the earliest
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. (Last updated: June 11)

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 will undergo season-ending elbow surgery. He said on April 23 that he would undergo Tommy John surgery on April 30 and will have a brace inserted in his elbow. 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 and underwent surgery on May 1.

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)