Angels place Tony Watson on IL, activate James Hoyt – Daily News

The Angels will be without one of their two left-handed relievers for at least the next week.

Tony Watson was placed on the injured list Sunday with a strained left calf. The veteran southpaw said he had been trying to remedy the injury with treatment in Seattle to no avail. He hasn’t pitched since throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in Arlington, Texas, and the IL stint was backdated to Thursday.

“I thought it was better to get it done now, get it over with, and move past it,” Watson said. “That way physically and mentally you’re not nagging with it all year, and move on.”

It’s only the second injured list stint in Watson’s 11-year career. In September 2019 he fractured his left wrist attempting to lay down a bunt, ending his season a couple weeks early. Watson said he resisted going on the injured list then, too.

“I take a lot of pride on posting up and being out there for the guys,” he said. “This is definitely new territory for me.”

Right-handed reliever James Hoyt was activated from the taxi squad prior to the Angels’ game Sunday in Seattle.

Hoyt, 34, has made 98 appearances in his career (2016-20) with Houston, Cleveland and Miami. The Angels acquired him from the Marlins for cash on March 29. The 6-foot-6 right-hander went 2-0 with a 1.23 earned-run average in 24 games last season.


Kurt Suzuki has caught both of Shohei Ohtani’s starts since Ohtani returned from a finger blister. Suzuki will be behind the plate again Monday when the Angels host the Rays, Maddon said.

The ability to block a pitch in the dirt ― particularly Ohtani’s sharp-breaking splitter ― is instrumental in the pairing. Suzuki has generally rated as a poor pitch-framer in his career but is lauded for his ability as a blocker.

“Right now catching Ohtani is no day at the beach,” Maddon said. “It’s not easy to frame Shohei Ohtani’s pitches. Sometimes it can be self defense early in the game.”

Ohtani issued two walks, threw one wild pitch, and hit a batter in the first inning of his most recent start last Monday in Texas. On April 20 against the Rangers, Ohtani walked the bases loaded in the first inning.

If history repeats itself Monday, Suzuki can only do so much to frame Ohtani’s pitches.

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