The 2022 Los Angeles Angels have to be one of the most disappointing teams in MLB this year.
They had a promising offseason, started off the year on the right foot, and then everything fell apart.
Right now, they have no hope of making the playoffs and have a 52-72 record, fourth in the AL West.
One of the busts of the Halos this year has been Jared Walsh.
Walsh had a .970 OPS in 2020 and a .849 mark over a longer sample size last year.
He hit 29 homers and drove in 98 runs in an amazing campaign.
The numbers just haven’t been there for the most part.
With a .643 OPS and 15 home runs in 423 trips to the plate, Walsh has been a liability for Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, he has had to play hurt at times; and now, he has been declared out for the year with the dreaded thoracic outlet syndrome.
“The #Angels have claimed LHP Rob Zastryzny off waivers from the New York Mets. He has been optioned to Triple-A @SaltLakeBees. In a corresponding move, INF Jared Walsh has been transferred to the 60-day injured list,” the Angels informed via Twitter.
Walsh’s Season Is Over Prematurely
Since there are fewer than 60 days left in the regular season calendar, the move effectively ends Walsh’s campaign.
This means Jared Walsh is out for the season. https://t.co/AjyOfzHPbp
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) August 25, 2022
The slugger had been placed on the 10-day injured list earlier on Thursday, but the move to the 60-day IL opens up a spot to pitcher Rob Zastryzny.
When dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome, surgery is often the best approach to treat it.
We hope Walsh can make a full recovery and come back stronger in 2023.
For now, much like the Angels, he is going home before anticipated.