Luis Valbuena Sidelined At Least One Month

Updated: March 23, 2017

Bad news for Angels fans as infielder Luis Valbuena will be sidelined four to six weeks. According to Maria Guardado, Valbuena has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.

Valbuena left Thursday’s game against the Rangers after three innings with hamstring tightness. The Angels are hopeful that the injury would be minor, but the MRI revealed significant damage.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia had this to say about the injury, “Hamstrings are a different animal, so you’re always concerned,” “When he left here, it seemed mild, but you just want to find out exactly what’s going on.”

The 31-year-old infielder underwent season-ending surgery on the same hamstring last season. Injuries limited Valbuena last season, allowing him to only play in 90 games. He also missed two weeks earlier in camp with leg soreness, meaning this could be a big problem for him.

During the off-season the Angels signed Valbuena to a two-year $15 million deal. He was expected to play mostly first base, and some third base as well. This injury opens up a door for another player in camp to grab a roster spot.

Red hot Jefry Marte will likely make the team now with Valbuena going down for ikely at least one month. This spring Marte is hitting .306 with three home runs and nine RBI heading into Thursday’s game. He’s collected 15 hits in just 49 at-bats this spring, and has earned a role on the Opening Day roster.

This injury also means that C.J. Cron will be the everyday player at first base. He’s been hitting the cover off the ball, and likely would end up the everyday guy at first base regardless of the injury. With Valbuena going down it has now opened a door for both Marte and Cron to make a splash on the Opening Day roster.

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