Los Angeles Angels infielder Tommy La Stella was just days away from playing in his first career All-Star Game. “Was” being the key term, because on Wednesday the Angels announced La Stella had fractured his right tibia after fouling a pitch off his leg during Tuesday’s game against the Texas Rangers. According to the Angels, the standard recovery timeline is two-plus months:
La Stella, 30, is in the midst of a banner season. He exited Tuesday hitting .300/.353/.495 (125 OPS+) with 16 home runs in 78 games. The power is notable in part because La Stella had previously homered 10 times in his first 396 big-league games.
La Stella, believe it or not, isn’t the only Angels player heading to the injured list. Outfielder Brian Goodwin was also shelved due to a wrist contusion. In corresponding moves, the Angels brought up outfielder Jarrett Parker and infielder Matt Thaiss.
Of the two, Thaiss is the more interesting. He’s a former first-round pick who has hit .274/.390/.477 while seeing action at both infield corners this season. Though Thaiss is likely just a first baseman or DH in the long run, he has the chance to be an above-average hitter.
The Angels, at 43-43, are four games back in the wild card race. They beat the Rangers on Tuesday night in their first game since the.