ANAHEIM -- Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who suffered a concussion and a fractured nose after the Astros’ Jake Marisnick collided with him at home plate on July 7, will undergo a procedure to repair his fractured nose Tuesday. Angels manager Brad Ausmus said Lucroy is expected to be out roughly three weeks after the operation.
Lucroy said it’s the fourth time that he’s broken his nose, but this operation won’t be as serious as the septoplasty that he previously had to fix a deviated septum several years ago. This is a non-invasive procedure called a closed reduction, which will set his fractured nose back into position.
"Basically, they're going to knock me out and then readjust everything back without cutting me open," Lucroy said. "I don't know what they're going to use, but they're probably just going to put me to sleep. The guy told me it'd take 30 minutes."
Lucroy said he’ll have to wear a small cast over his nose for three to seven days after the procedure, and that he hopes to start baseball activities as soon as the cast comes off. His fractured nose is more of an issue than the minor concussion-like symptoms that he suffered after the collision.
"I'm going to be off a little bit after they initially adjust it,” Lucroy said. “They're going to have to put a cast on the outside, like one of those little butterfly wings looking things that stick on and hold it there. Up to a week, depending on what the doctor thinks, with that cast on there. Once it starts to get in place, if there's no bleeding or anything, I should be able to start some activities."
Ramirez to make one more start
Right-hander JC Ramirez, recovering from Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to make another start with Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday as part of his rehab assignment. It could be the final outing in the Minors for Ramirez, who has made eight rehab starts, including seven at Triple-A. He's posted a 7.91 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 15 walks in 33 innings, including a 7.47 ERA in 31 1/3 innings at Salt Lake.
“I think generally speaking, he’s felt good,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “I think we just want to make sure he’s ready. I’m sure he wants to be pitching here immediately, but we want to be comfortable as well that he’s ready to contribute and help us win.”
Ramirez gave up seven runs over five innings in his last start Thursday, and one issue has been Ramirez's trouble regaining his velocity.
“Velocity has been a little bit down," Ausmus said. "But let’s keep in mind he had surgery.”
Middleton to pitch Monday at Triple-A
Reliever Keynan Middleton, also recovering from Tommy John surgery, will move up to Salt Lake on Monday as part of his rehab assignment. Middleton made two scoreless appearances with Class A Advanced Inland Empire last week. Middleton is expected to need at least a week at Triple-A before he’s ready to make his Angels debut in 2019.
Goodwin could return Monday
Outfielder Brian Goodwin, on the 10-day injured list since July 3 with a right wrist contusion sustained on a hit by pitch, took batting practice on the field without any issues before Sunday’s game. Goodwin could be activated as early as Monday, Ausmus said.