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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Angels Injury Updates: Ian Stewart, Dane De La Rosa

By on 5/29/2014 11:30:00 AM

The Los Angeles Angels, who are fifth in the league in runs scored, managed only a run on four hits against Felix Hernandez, falling to the Mariners last night by the score of 3-1. The loss dropped the Angels to two and a half games behind the Oakland A's in the American League West. There is news on the injury front regarding Dane De La Rosa and Ian Stewart, both players the Angels hope to get back soon.

Our own PaulF reported on May 26 that Stewart has been on the disabled list for a week with a minor hand contusion that likely held him back from swinging the bat properly.  Alden Gonzalez of  reported that  Stewart played in a couple of rehab games for Triple-A Salt Lake, but he may be shut down for a couple of days. Manager Mike Scioscia said Stewarts hand is a little sore they're trying to work out that little bit of soreness.

Stewart is in this seventh Major League season. In 24 games this season, he's batting .176 with two home runs and seven RBI. He's a career .229 hitter with 61 home runs and 211 RBI.

As for Dane De La Rosa, he's been trying to battle back from right s/c joint irritation.  Since re-joining his rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake, he's made four appearances, pitching every other day. In his latest appearance on Tuesday, he allowed a run on two hits. In nine overall appearances at Triple-A this season, De La Rosa has allowed five runs on nine hits, while striking out nine in 9 2/3 innings pitched.

De La Rosa was drafted by the Yankees in the 24th round in 2002.  He pitched 12 games with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 and 2012 and struggled to a combined 10.95 ERA in 12 1/3 innings.  De La Rosa had a breakout season last year with the Angels, at age 30.  In 72 1/3 innings, he allowed only 56 hits and 28 walks, while striking out 65. In his only appearance this season, De La Rosa allowed two runs on one hit and a walk in 1/3 of an inning.

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