Adell wins award for defense; Schanuel returns

Angels pregame notes regarding Jo Adell's defensive award, the return of Nolan Schanuel and injury updates.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Sports Info Solutions named Jo Adell American League Defensive Player of the Month for May.

Adell has seven defensive runs saved according to the site and has robbed two home runs.

The team recognized Adell receiving the honor during its pregame hitters meeting Monday.

“It was a cool moment for him,” Angels manager Ron Washington said. “He’s been working his butt off, and accolades he received from that he deserved from all the work he put in. And we also let him know that it’s not over with. It doesn’t stop because you’ve been rewarded for something that you’re supposed to do. You’ve been rewarded for it, now do it all the time.”

Knuckleball time

For the first time in nearly eight years, the Angels are facing a pitcher Monday that frequently throws knuckleballs.

Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron throws a knuckleball 37 percent of the time, which is the most for any pitch in his arsenal.

The Angels have not faced a knuckleball pitcher since R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays on August 23, 2016. Toronto won that game 7-2.

“The only thing we were telling those guys is if he let it go high, let it fly. if he let it go low, let it go,” Washington said. “You don’t try to hit a knuckleball. You look for that ball up and if it’s up, jump out your shoes.”

Schanuel gets the “thumbs up”

First baseman Nolan Schanuel missed the entire Seattle series over the weekend with a thumb injury.

Schanuel tested the thumb before the game and Washington felt he was ready to return to the lineup.

“We made him let it go in the cage and we brought him out here and made him let it go on the machine,” Washington said. “Now he understands what his pain tolerance is. The little bit of pain he is feeling, he realized he can deal with it. I think sometimes they think they are supposed to play without pain. But that never happens, not in this game.”

No rush to fill rotation

The Angels sent veteran starting pitcher Reid Detmers to Triple-A Salt Lake City to work on some things in a stress free environment Washington said.

Highly-ranked prospect Ben Joyce was called up to the Angels as a corresponding roster move, but he is a relief pitcher.

The Angels have an off day on Thursday and then another one next Monday. This means the Angels will not need a fifth starting pitcher until June 15 against the San Francisco Giants.

Washington indicated that the plan at the moment is to go with the four-man rotation until then.

“I think that’s what we will do,” Washington said. “If it doesn’t happen like that, remember I said ‘I think that’s what we will do,’ go with the four until we have to make a decision.”

Injury updates

Brandon Drury was on the field Monday fielding ground balls and taking batting practice. He has been on the injured list with a hamstring strain since May 9.

“This is his first day out there doing it and you can still see that he’s thinking about it (the hamstring),” Washington said. “He’s gingered but at least he’s out there and that’s important.”

Mike Trout had meniscus surgery and is rehabbing but not doing baseball activity at this time.

Anthony Rendon is going to begin baseball activity this week. He has a partial tear of his hamstring and has been using the stationary bike according to Washington.

Chase Silseth has a minor league rehab start on Thursday. He is a candidate to fill the team’s starting rotation spot on June 15.