The Los Angeles Angels have had their fair share of injuries this season. It wasn’t on the Cleveland Indians’ level, but it was enough to compromise some of the team’s success last year. Between Matt Shoemaker’s ball to the temple and Albert Pujols’ foot woes, multiple players this year needed surgery to prepare for the 2017 season.
Two players fans can feel confident about being ready for anything in 2017 will be first baseman C.J. Cron and outfielder Kole Calhoun. Cron went in for left thumb surgery in October, most likely after experiencing residual pain from breaking his hand earlier in the year. Meanwhile, Calhoun went under the knife for a core muscle injury, the origin of which is still a mystery.
Both players have been officially cleared for any baseball activity, according to general manager Billy Eppler.
Cron had a couple hot streaks in 2016. While he has stayed relatively under the radar while on the Angels, May, July, and August were great months for him. In three examples, Cron collected 20 RBI in May and hit two home runs in a July game, along with maintaining an eight-game hitting streak in August.
Calhoun also had some flames coming from his bat in 2016, even with the stress/excitement of welcoming a child into the world. He had a few key hits that kept the Halos’ hopes alive, such as his tie-making home run and his seven extra-base hits in a five-game span in September. He also ranked second on the Halos in runs, 21st in the AL.
Now that both players are clear to participate in Spring Training, Cron and Calhoun will be healthy and ready for top performance throughout the regular season, and with any luck, injury free.
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