Los Angeles Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo has missed the last four games with a tightened right calf. When will seven-year player be able to return to the lineup?
The Angels are hoping Callaspo will be able to avoid a getting placed on the 15-day disabled list, but in order to do that he must prove that he is ready to play by the end of the week. The team already knows that he will miss the entire series against the Minnesota Twins, but they are not prepared to rule him out for when the Detroit Tigers come to town over the weekend.
“We’re going to hopefully be able to get him through this series to see how much he progresses, get through the off-day [on Thursday] and make a determination of how his calf is doing,” manager Mike Scioscia told Angels.com.
Callaspo has played well through the first nine games of the 2013 Major League Baseball season as he is batting .273 with one home run, three RBI, four walks, one double and three runs in 33 at-bats. He has also been a solid defensive third baseman in which he has only committed one error in 21 total chances.
The good news is the 29-year-old was able to take batting practice and work on his infield defense this past weekend. That alone is a good sign that Callaspo could very well miss the disabled list altogether and get back to work on Friday.
In the meantime, prospect Luis Jimenez has done a terrific job filling in for Callaspo at third base. The 25-year-old is batting .417 (5-for-12) with one walk and one run. He has also taken care of every chance that came his way on defense, including turning the first double play of his career.