Angels Pitching Prospect Suspended 50 Games

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Updated: May 9, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels continue to see their pitchers hit the disabled list. Now they will not have lefty starting pitcher John Lamb for at least the next 50 games. The 26-year-old pitcher has been suspended for testing positive for the second time for drug abuse.

In October, Lamb underwent back surgery to repair a lumbar disc herniation. The Reds designated him for assignment and he was acquired by the Rays. In November the Rays released him and the Angels signed him in December.

The Angels did not expect him to return at least until the All-Star break. His career numbers haven’t been great in the MLB. He’s posting a 6.17 ERA in 24 starts with 86 earned runs allowed in just 119.2 innings of work. The Halos are desperate for pitchers, but won’t see Lamb anytime soon.

In 2008 the Kansas City Royals drafted Lamb in the 5th round of the June Amateur draft. He has never been able to reach his full potential since he was drafted. He’s put together solid seasons in the minors, but has never been able to have much success in the MLB.

In 2016, Lamb went 1-7 with a 6.43 ERA in 14 starts with the Reds. He allowed 84 earned runs in 70 innings, and had basically no success. This back surgery should hopefully help him return healthy, but it’ll have to wait at least 50 games.

The Angels will hopefully have more depth by the time Lamb returns. He wasn’t going to be ready before the All-Star break anyway, so this isn’t a huge loss for the Halos.

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