The hits just keep coming for the Los Angeles Angels. Not only have they lost five of their last six games, but they also just lost their starting shortstop for the rest of the year.
Andrew Velazquez was diagnosed with a torn meniscus on Wednesday and will require season-ending surgery. He apparently suffered the injury while fielding a ground ball during the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Guardians, which caused him to exit the game early.
Andrew Velazquez Injury Update
Los Angeles Angels News
This is another brutal injury for the Angels, who haven't been able to stay healthy this year. That's one reason why they're currently 20 games below .500 and one loss away from a seventh straight losing season.
Until now, Velazquez had been one of the few Halos players fortunate to avoid an extended absence. He'd played in 125 of LA's 142 contests before going down, ranking second on the team in games played behind only Shohei Ohtani.
It's a tough end to the 28-year-old's first full season, as he'd finally earned an everyday role in his fifth MLB season. While his offense was subpar (.540 OPS), he was one of the best-fielding shortstops in all of baseball this year, ranking second at the position with 13 defensive runs saved. He also showed good speed on the bases with 17 steals in 18 attempts.
The Angels will miss Velazquez's daily presence at shortstop as they play out the string on another disappointing season, but hopefully, he can return healthy and help the club return to contention in 2023.