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.
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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.
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– David DeJesus got off to a rough start in his first game, striking out three times while going 0-for-4. Normally, DeJesus will platoon with Shane Victorino in left field, but DeJesus was in center for this one because Mike Trout missed his second consecutive game with a sore wrist. David Murphy, one of the other new Angels, went 1-for-4 while playing left field. At least he didn’t strike out.
– The Astros re-took sole possession of first place in the AL West with this victory. The Angels, who recently led by two games, have gone 1-5 after a 20-game span in which they went 17-3.
– Albert Pujols hit his 30th home run, becoming the sixth player to hit at least 30 home runs in 13 seasons, the first to do it in his first 15 campaigns.
– Trout missed his second consecutive game with a sore left wrist. Manager Mike Scioscia told the Associated Press before the game that Trout is getting better, but that he wanted to “err on the side of caution.”
– Not a terrific performance by starting pitcher Garrett Richards. Not horrible, though. He allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. What’s interesting is that he struck out just three even though he is throwing hard. It’s been a season-long curiosity. Richards struck out 164 in 168 2/3 innings before his season ended with a serious knee injury in August. He averaged 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He has just 91 strikeouts in 122 2/3 innings this season, a 6.7 average.