The Angels have acquired shortstop Brendan Ryan from the Nationals for cash considerations or a player to be named later, according to a team announcement. Ryan will immediately join the Angels' major-league club.
Ryan will likely see significant time at shortstop in the wake of Andrelton Simmons' thumb injury, with Cliff Pennington serving as another option. Simmons will likely miss the next 6-8 weeks after tearing a ligament in his left thumb.
Ryan, a Southern California native, has spent his season at Triple-A Syracuse, posting a .263/.305/.382 line after signing a minor-league deal with Washington in early February. Ryan, who is earning $1 million this year, joined the Nationals after being traded from the Yankees to the Cubs in the Starlin Castro deal and then subsequently released by Chicago.
Ryan is a career .234/.295/.315 hitter in parts of 9 major-league seasons with the Cardinals (2007-10), Mariners (2011-13), and Yankees (2013-15).