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Angels Get Concerning News With Latest Taylor Ward Injury Update

Devon Platana
The Los Angeles Angels have received concerning news with the latest Taylor Ward injury update.
The Los Angeles Angels have received concerning news with the latest Taylor Ward injury update. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels were defeated, 4-2, by the Oakland Athletics on Friday night and lost one of their top players in the process. Outfielder Taylor Ward exited the contest in the ninth inning after colliding with the right-field wall and did not return with an undisclosed injury.

Any fans looking for positive news regarding Ward's situation on Saturday might be concerned instead. Angeles manager Joe Maddon told reporters after the game that Ward is still being evaluated and that he wasn't even sure what the injury was.

Taylor Ward Injury Update

Losing Ward for any amount of time will surely hurt the Angels. They currently trail the Houston Astros by 1.5 games in the AL West race and need all the help they can get to keep things close.

Ward's production is going to be tough to replicate. The 28-year-old's career-high nine home runs currently are the second-most on the team while his 23 RBIs rank fourth. He also has an MLB-best .370/.481/.713 slash line.

If Ward is slated to miss some extended time, the Angels could promote Jo Adell from Triple-A Salt Lake again. The former No. 1-ranked prospect has five HRs and 11 RBIs while batting .256 in 11 games since being optioned back on May 3.

Regardless, the best-case scenario is if Ward's injury isn't serious and he's able to suit up in the near future. He's currently tied at +7000 for the 12th-best odds to be named 2022 American League MVP on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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