Washington utilizing analytics department; Injury updates

Angels pregame notes on Jo Adell, Jose Soriano and injury updates.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Effective managers rely on a mixture of analytics and their baseball experience when making day-to-day decisions.

Angels manager Ron Washington has had to experiment with various lineup combinations with so many players in the injured list.

Jo Adell has been the best hitter for the Angels this season and is batting in the No. 2 spot for the first time since May 1 against the Phillies. Adell has an OPS of .572 with one home run in four games out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup this season.

“It’s a lefty and I was looking at the lineup trying to figure out who to put in the second hole and a voice hit me and said put Adell there,” Washington said. “That voice was John (Pratt) of our analytical department. So I looked at the lineup I had written up and said I’ll try that.”

Adell has dominated left-handed pitchers this season like Matthew Liberatore of the Cardinals. He has a 1.245 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season and has an OPS of 1.054 at home.

“All he’s got to do is just keep being who he is,” Washington said. “The way our roster is situated right now, I didn’t have a legitimate guy to put there so I figured I’ll put him there. Last time I did it, he got us a run at the beginning of the game.”

Soriano learning on the job

Jose Soriano was fantastic in his first win of the season on May 3 against the Cleveland Guardians. He pitched six scoreless innings with five hits and three strikeouts.

He stumbled in his last start in Pittsburgh and allowed four runs in just 4.2 innings. Washington said Soriano self-diagnosed the problem.

“After his last outing against Pittsburgh he said he wasn’t finishing his pitches and that’s exactly what he wasn’t doing,” Washington said. “It could have been that he was getting a little tired, but he’s against saying he was getting tired.”

Soriano has never thrown more than 82 innings in a professional season. Washington said it’s too early to be worrying about innings for Soriano.

He was asked about whether the team will need to monitor his innings later in the season.

“He will let us know that,” Washington said. “He hasn’t showed that. Of course we are watching it but we haven’t put an amount of innings on him yet. When that time comes that we feel like he has reached that amount of innings, he will go down there (pointing to the bullpen).”

Injury updates

Luis Rengifo was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a skin infection prior to May 9. He took some infield work on Monday prior to the game.

“It was all work right at him but he can feel the friction at the bottom of it,” Washington said. “Hopefully he will be ready to come off the IL on time. Thursday he is eligible but it’s an off day. We will just wait and see if he’s going to be ready Friday. The next couple of days is really going to tell.”

Miguel Sano came out one day over the weekend and took ground balls but has not been able to swing the bat yet.

Anthony Rendon attended the series against the Royals and is making progress according to Washington.

“He’s walking up and down the steps now so that’s progress,” Washington said. “He’s able to ride the bike. The hamstring is fickle, very fickle.”

Michael Stefanic and Guillo Zuniga are starting rehab assignments Monday with the ACL Angels (Arizona Complex League).