Johnny Giavotella/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
The Angels on Tuesday placed second baseman Johnny Giavotella on the 15-day disabled list with what a news release described as a “personal medical condition.”
Giavotella, who is batting .265 with three home runs and 40 RBIs, has not played since this past Thursday. Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that Giavotella was “ill.” Scioscia said he could not say anything more because of Hipaa.
Giavotella told reporters Sunday he had been experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Grant Green is currently spelling Giavotella at second base. The Angels on Tuesday recalled right-handed pitcher Drew Rucinski to take Giavotella’s roster spot.
David Freese/Photo courtesy of Los Angels Angels
Third baseman David Freese, who has been on the disabled list since sustaining a fractured right index finger when he got hit with a pitch on July 22, is making progress.
Freese, 32, on Wednesday threw for the first time while putting pressure on the finger and manager Mike Scioscia was encouraged.
“David threw today and we hope he broke through a plateau because he felt really good about where he was today, not at a level where he needs to be to go out there and play, or get excited about him where he can go and play defense and get close,” Scioscia said before Wednesday’s game against the White Sox. “But this is the best he’s thrown since the injury and it’s encouraging.”
Huston Street/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
Manager Mike Scioscia was impressed. Closer Huston Street had just become a father for the third time when his third son, Rafe William Street, was born at 11 a.m. Wednesday. So what does Street do? He shows up to Angel Stadium for the Angels’ day game, ready to pitch.
According to Scioscia, Street showed up in either the fourth of fifth inning of the Angels’ dramatic 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians, a game in which Street was warming up in the bullpen at the time it ended when the Angels scored three runs in the ninth inning to win.
Had it gone into extra innings, Street would have been on the hill in the 10th.
“He was up for the lion’s share of the night, welcomed his son into the world late morning, came and took a shower and said, ‘I’m ready to go,’ ” Scioscia said. “He was ready to pitch that 10th inning if we needed him.”
Scioscia applauded Street for his professionalism.
Jered Weaver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
Right-hander Jered Weaver, on the disabled list since June 21 with hip inflammation, threw a bullpen session Sunday and is slated for his second rehab assignment Tuesday at Single-A Inland Empire. Scioscia hinted Weaver might be close to being ready for major-league action.
“He had a ‘pen today and Weave, I mean, he’s smiling,” Scioscia said. “He feels great. He’ll throw another rehab game Tuesday.”
Weaver on Thursday tossed 3 2/3 innings for Inland Empire, throwing 63 pitches – 42 for strikes. He allowed one unearned run on three hits, struck out two and walked two. Scioscia said his progress in these games will determine his return to the Angels’ staff.