Freese to begin rehab, Angels look to rebound

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Updated: August 22, 2015

Help on the hot corner may be coming sooner than we think. As per an earlier mlb.com report, it looks as if David Freese will be starting a rehab assignment with AAA-Salt Lake on Sunday. This is pretty good news for the Angels who have yet to find someone to fill the gap left by Freese. Since Freese’s injury, Conor Gillaspie and top 15 prospect Kaleb Cowart have been filling the void, and neither of them have been able to bring any real offensive consistency. Freese has been out since July 23rd with that fractured finger.

In other news it looks like Grant Green will be in the lineup tonight, filling in for the ill Johnny Giavotella. Green is batting .238 in 21 at bats this year. Nick Tropeano was on the opposite end of this call up, being optioned down to AAA SLC. With Tropeano and Shoemaker now occupying the minor league rotation, it will be interesting to see who can win that 5th slot in the starting rotation.

Tonight the Angels will look to get back into the win column after dropping two straight. Andrew Heaney will take the mound against Toronto’s Marco Estrada. Heaney looks to continue a phenomenal rookie season. The left hander has allowed 2 or less runs in nine out of his ten starts. This is not to overlook the opposing pitcher, Estrada. In his last three starts, he is 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA.

The Angels are still 3.5 games back in the AL West and are holding off the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles by .5 game for the second wild card spot. Every game from this point out will be crucial and after Friday nights poor showing against the Wild Card leading Blue Jays, it will be imperative for the Angels bats to get going early.

One bat who doesn’t have to worry about heating up is that of C.J. Cron. In the month of August, Cron is batting a healthy .313. In fact he’s been on a roll since July when he hit .343 that entire month. So while some of the more offensively gifted players have slumped or struggled, Cron has been swinging a relatively hot bat. Speaking of hot bats, Carlos Perez has been able to find success at the dish recently. In the past two weeks, Perez is hitting .364 with a home run and three doubles. With the playoffs looming closer and closer, offense from unfamiliar names is just as crucial as the household ones this time of year.

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