The 28-year-old played in just 65 games last season as the Angels finished 77-85 and fell well short of the postseason.
But this year, he has led the way and is quickly turning himself into a household name.
He’s hitting .370 with nine homers and 23 RBI so far.
But after crashing into the wall on Saturday night against the Oakland A’s, Ward was feeling some pain in his shoulder and his neck.
He took a day off yesterday as a result.
Angels beat reporter Rhett Bollinger provided an update on Ward’s status via Twitter, explaining that Ward hopes to be back by tomorrow.
Taylor Ward said he’s hopeful to play again Tuesday but is getting an MRI on his neck and right shoulder as a precaution tomorrow. He said he just has some weakness in his right shoulder after running into the wall.
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) May 22, 2022
Ward On The Mend
Crashing into the wall is something a player wants to avoid at all costs.
We’ve seen players get injured over the years after crashing into an outfield wall.
Ward is going for an MRI on his neck and shoulder today, which will determine if he will be able to suit up for the Angels on Tuesday when the Texas Rangers come into town.
The Angels have an off day today, so perhaps just one more day of rest will help Ward fully recover in time for Tuesday’s series opener against the Rangers.
Ward has clearly been instrumental in the Angels’ turnaround and transformation into a contending ballclub.
He’s helped Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Anthony Rendon carry the load as they sit close behind the Houston Astros in the AL West division.
Hopefully, Ward is all set to go on Tuesday against the Rangers.
It would be a shame if he had to miss any time.