Angels promote Stefanic; Rendon ramping up

Henry Tran-The Sporting Tribune
Angels notes about Michael Stefanic, Anthony Rendon and a pair of Angels in the Arizona Complex League making progress this week.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels called up infielder Michael Stefanic for the first time this season Saturday.

Stefanic suffered a quad strain during spring training, an injury that landed him on the 10-day injured list. He had a setback in his recovery late in April and was moved to the 60-day injured list April 30.

After playing some rehab games with the Arizona Complex League Angels, their rookie-level team. He went to Triple-A Salt Lake City on May 21.

Stefanic was reinstated from the 60-day injured list on May 29, but was optioned by the Angels to spend more time in Triple-A. He hit .352 in 15 Salt Lake games and had an OPS of .890.

“It was long. It was a little bit frustrating to be completely honest,” Stefanic said. “It’s all behind me now and I’m just focused on showing up everyday and playing my best.

“I’m excited to be healthy and it’s always nice to get back into a big league clubhouse.”

Angels manager Ron Washington said he hasn’t seen Stefanic, but got positive reports from Triple-A.

“I’ve heard he’s progressing with his game,” Washington said. His running is still not fully up to par, but he’s been moving well on the defensive side and he’s getting rave reviews about his bad.”

Kyren Paris was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake City to make room on the major league roster for Stefanic. Paris had six hits in 54 at-bats for the Angels with a .440 OPS in 21 games.

Rendon progressing

Anthony Rendon, who has been on the injured list since April 21 with a partial tear of the hamstring, took ground balls for the second consecutive day Saturday.

He also did some exercises in the outfield with no restrictions according to Washington.

“I watched him out there in the outfield and it seemed like he was doing them unrestricted,” Washington said. “He’s not ready yet but at least we are ramping up what he’s doing. He did go in last night after he worked out with no issues.”

Rendon still has time before a return to the major league team is considered, but his timetable for a return is weeks rather than months.

“I think I’m ahead of schedule,” Rendon said on Wednesday. “I’m trying to push it each and every day. Let my body tell me that it’s painful, it hurts or it’s not ready. So we’ll get back as soon as possible.”

Detmers roughed up

Reid Detmers made his first appearance in Triple-A Salt Lake City Friday after being optioned by the Angels last weekend.

The lefty struggled through five innings allowing 10 hits, seven earned runs with four home runs and eight strikeouts.

38 percent of his pitches were sliders and 35 percent were fastballs. His velocity was up on his slider, but down on the rest of his pitches. The spin rate on all of his pitches was slightly down, but not enough to raise concerns about a potential injury.

Washington said Saturday that he had not seen the report about Detmers because he went to the field early Saturday, but it might be on his desk later in the day.

“It’s not about the results it’s about him landing his pitches. His fastball and his slider,” Washington said of Detmers. “I didn’t read the report if it’s on my desk because I got out of my office at one.”

Angels injury updates

Sam Bachman pitched three innings Saturday for the Arizona Complex League Angels. He allowed three hits, a solo home run and struck out two.

Bachman removed himself from a rebab outing on May 30 with neck stiffness, but pitched on June 3 with no issues.

In the same game Saturday, Miguel Sano went 1-3 with a RBI and struck out twice. Sano hit the injured list on May 1 with knee inflammation.

He began a rehab assignment late in May but accidentally burned his knee with a heating pad on May 25. Saturday was his first game back since the heating pad incident.

Brandon Drury was at the stadium Friday taking ground balls and batting practice. Washington said they pushed him harder than they ever have on Friday and he could begin a rehab assignment next week.

“He certainly looks like he’s ready to go,” Washington said Friday. “Once we go on this next road trip (beginning Monday), he’ll be out of here.”