MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael Trout missed more than six weeks last season after tearing a thumb ligament on a headfirst slide into second base, so he understands the frustration that Shohei Ohtani is likely experiencing after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right
MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael Trout missed more than six weeks last season after tearing a thumb ligament on a headfirst slide into second base, so he understands the frustration that Shohei Ohtani is likely experiencing after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Ohtani, who received platelet-rich plasma and stem-cell injections on Thursday, was placed on the disabled list on Friday and will be shut down for at least three weeks.
"We're all bummed," Trout said Saturday. "It's a tough loss for this team. Obviously, he hits and pitches, so it's a double loss. The biggest thing in this game is to stay healthy. That's the toughest part."
Trout and Ohtani are among the Angels' top All-Star candidates this season, though Ohtani's status has been muddled by his injury. Trout earned his sixth All-Star selection in 2017, though he opted not to attend as he recovered from his thumb injury. The star center fielder said he would still advise Ohtani to go to the All-Star Game at Nationals Park on July 17 if he is voted in by the fans.
"100 percent," Trout said. "The experience is unbelievable. From the [Home Run] Derby to the game, the atmosphere, the fans. It's just a great experience. If he gets voted in, I'm sure he'll want to go."
Broadcaster OK after health scare
Angels radio play-by-play man Terry Smith left Friday night's broadcast to receive medical attention for an irregular heartbeat. Smith was released from the hospital early Saturday morning and will return to the air on Monday in Seattle.
Fox Sports West analyst Jose Mota will fill in for Smith over the weekend and join color analyst Mark Langston in the radio booth.
Smith is in his 17th season on AM830 KLAA, the Angels' flagship radio station. He is the longest-tenured radio broadcaster in club history.
Right fielder Kole Calhoun, who has been on the disabled list since June 2 with a right oblique strain, has resumed baseball activities and is currently rehabbing in Arizona.
"He's starting to feel a little bit better, but there's a process you always want to be careful with," manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday. "He's starting to get into some baseball activities, so we'll just kind of measure it and see when he's ready to go."
Maldonado receives a day off
Catcher Martin Maldonado was not in the Angels' starting lineup on Saturday afternoon, as rookie Jose Briceno got the starting nod against the Twins following Friday's night game. Maldonado fouled a ball off his left foot in the seventh inning on Friday and was sporting a noticeable limp on Saturday morning, but Scioscia said that didn't factor into the decision to start Briceno.
Scioscia said he's been impressed with the growth that Briceno has shown since being acquired from the Braves as part of the Andrelton Simmons trade in November 2015. The 25-year-old backstop received his first MLB callup last month after backup catcher Rene Rivera landed on the DL and has made the most of his opportunity with the Angels, going 4-for-12 with two home runs and three RBIs in five games.
"He's really starting to understand the things that we feel are important to a catcher helping a pitcher perform at a high level," Scioscia said. "He's really wrapped his arms around game plans, he's understanding pitchers better as he's come through the organization and he's figured some things out in the batter's box. There's a lot of positives with Briceno."
Angels sign second-round pick
The Angels announced Saturday that they've officially signed second-round Draft pick Jeremiah Jackson, a shortstop out of St. Luke's Episcopal High School in Mobile, Ala. The slot value for the 57th overall selection is $1,196,500.
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