Bradley, Rendon continue to progress as Angels rally over Tigers

This Angels season has had its fair share of bad luck with injuries.

In the midst of this misery were the injuries to Anthony Rendon (wrist) and Archie Bradley (elbow) which were of a bizarre nature and/or how they happened.

The team’s athletic coach, Mike Frostad, has expressed optimism about the return of at least Bradley, but both have made progress in their rehab.

Rendon has partially dislocated a tendon in his right wrist, an discomfort he felt during his third shot in a May 8 game. He underwent surgery in late June to fix the problem, which had an estimated recovery time of four to six months.

He was recently given permission to add throwing across the field and hitting in the batting cages to his routine.

“He does a lot of things on the pitch that we weren’t sure he would achieve at that point,” interim manager Phil Nevin said of Rendon.

Rendon is expected to return to spring training in 2023.

Bradley broke his elbow when he fell over the dugout railing while trying to get to the Angels’ June 26 brawl with the Seattle Mariners.

The team were unsure of his recovery timeline and if he would return to the pitch this season. His recovery required at least four weeks without a litter.

More than two months after his injury, Bradley is scheduled to throw a mound in a bullpen session on Wednesday.

He will be re-examined to see how he feels after this session. There is still no fixed timetable for his return.

Trout hits his 31st home run

Angels' Mike Trout runs the bases after hitting a home run.

Angels’ Mike Trout runs the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on Tuesday.

(Ashley Landis/Associated Press)

Nevin knows best the limited impact a solo home run can have in a game. After all, he watched his Angels score seven of them en route to an August loss to the Oakland Athletics.

On Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers, solo homers gave the Angels a promising lead they held for most of the game. However, when the Tigers leveled the scores in the eighth inning, Nevin’s words were true again: Solo home runs don’t win ball games. The Angels won 5-4 in 10 innings.

Normally reliable helper José Quijada started strong in the eighth round, beating his first batter, Eric Haase, with his signature four-seam fastball. But things got dicey after he hit his second batter, Willi Castro, and then passed a double to Victor Reyes.

Quijada was drawn for Jimmy Herget while the Angels needed two more outs. Herget grounded his first batter, Javi Baez, but that play still allowed Castro to score and tie the game 3-3. The run was earned for Quijada.

In the 10th, another Tigers run scored an RBI hit from Baez. Ryan Tepera was the helper on the mound at the time, but the run was undeserved for him as the run who scored was the player who started the inning second.

Mike Trout picked up where he left off in Monday’s game against the Tigers on his first at-bat Tuesday.

At the bottom of the first inning, with nobody on and one out, Trout launched the first pitch he was given by Tigers starter Eduardo Rodriguez and parked it by the hedges behind the midfield wall.

It was his 31st home run of the season and his third straight game to hit a home run. The shot also proved how good Trout has been feeling since returning from a back injury on August 19.

Tuesday’s home run party also included the third time the Angels have hit them back-to-back. Mike Ford and Jo Adell hit in the second solo home run.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-09-06/angels-tigers-gamer-mlb-recap-archie-bradley-anthony-rendon Bradley, Rendon continue to progress as Angels rally over Tigers

Emma Bowman

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