The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without their starting third baseman for at least the next couple of weeks. David Freese fractured his right index finger when he was hit by a pitch by Mike Pelfrey last night, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
Freese's injury is actually to his right index finger. Has a splint on it, which he'll wear for two weeks.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 23, 2015
Freese said it's similar to the fractured right middle finger he suffered last year. Missed about three weeks then; hopes for the same now.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 23, 2015
It was known that the Angels were already looking for outfield help, being linked to Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick and Gerardo Parra. But now it appears that they might have to alter their approach at the deadline.
They are going to have to replace a .240/.309/.397 line over the next two to three weeks at least. In their minor league system, the Angels have Kyle Kubitza, a 25-year-old prospect they acquired from the Braves this past winter. With Triple-A this season, Kubitza is hitting .276 with a .346 on-base percentage.
He didn't have the best go of it during his first cup of coffee at the big league level, so the Angels may air on the side of caution with him now. There are some options on the market that the Angels could explore however.
Ben Zobrist is obviously atop the list of infield targets and because of his versatility, he could help the Angels now in the infield and then fill their outfield need when Freese returns. The Braves have been looking to move Juan Uribe, and he could be a potential fit for the short term, while provided depth once the Angels are fully healthy.
The Angels have come around on the idea of adding rental players for 2015, and with this injury, they may have to seriously consider that as an option.