The Los Angeles Angels‘ outfield cannot seem to shake the injury bug, as the team announced Wednesday that Kole Calhoun will be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a right ankle sprain.
With Calhoun out, Los Angeles has decided to call up veteran outfielder Brennan Boesch from the minors to fill his spot on the roster in the meantime. The loss of Calhoun will hurt the Halos in the short term, as he was the team’s lead-off hitter and was beginning to heat up after a slow start to season, as he had three consecutive muli-hit games that included one home run, two RBIs, six runs scored, and a double in each game.
Although Boesch was promoted to fill Calhoun’s spot on the roster for the time being, it will likely be Colin Cowgill who will step in the role as an everyday outfielder and lead-off hitter. Cowgill has played sporadically this season off the bench, but has been productive, as he is batting .333 (4-12) with one home run, one RBI and three runs scored. This includes one game as the team’s lead-off against the New York Mets this past weekend, where he collected two hits with a solo home run and two runs scored.
What this means for the Halos is that Cowgill should be able to provide some solidity in Calhoun’s role, but it nonetheless hurts the Angels offensively, as Calhoun was starting to get a groove at the plate in his new role as the lead-off hitter. This, along with Josh Hamilton out for the next two months, puts the Halos in a bind in terms of production from the outfield.
Yes, Cowgill, Boesch,and J.B. Shuck are fine defensive player, but it is the offensive production that will be missed with Calhoun and Hamilton out of the lineup. With them both sidelined with injuries, it now puts more presssure on Albert Pujols and Mike Trout to carry more load of the offense. As the Halos now have two of their everyday outfielders out of the lineup, it will be interesting to see how Shuck and Cowgill will perform in their place.