Sport: Angels reinstate infielder David Fletcher from 60-day IL

Duran rallies Rangers past Angels despite immaculate inning

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The Angels have activated infielder David Fletcher from the 60-day injured list. He’s in Thursday's lineup at second base. Michael Stefanic was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move. To create space on the 40-man roster, the Halos transferred veteran infielder Matt Duffy from the 10-day to the 60-day IL.

Los Angeles Angels shortstop David Fletcher. © Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles Angels shortstop David Fletcher.

It has been a rough season for Fletcher, who’s spent the bulk of the year on the shelf. He missed the first three weeks of the year recovering from a strain in his left hip. Fletcher returned to action for about two weeks, then went back on the IL with recurring hip issues. He underwent adductor surgery in mid-May and has spent nearly three months recovering.

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In Fletcher’s absence, the Angels have struggled to a 42-56 record that has them ahead of only the A’s, Royals and Tigers in the American League standings. Lack of production at second base has been among the factors for that, as the Halos have gotten a meager .236/.294/.319 showing out of the position. Six players — Fletcher, Stefanic, Duffy, Luis Rengifo, Tyler Wade and Jack Mayfield — have tallied at least 20+ plate appearances as part of the second base rotation.

Duffy has been out since June 27 with what the team originally termed lower back spasms. There hasn’t been much word on his status over the past month, but he’s evidently not close to a return. The 60-day window backdates to his original IL placement, so Duffy won’t be back on the diamond at Angel Stadium until at least the final week of August.

Fletcher's leadoff homer propels Angels to 3-1 win over A's

  Fletcher's leadoff homer propels Angels to 3-1 win over A's ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — David Fletcher hit a leadoff homer, José Suarez didn't allow an earned run in his second consecutive start and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Tuesday night. Elvis Andrus had three hits and Sean Murphy reached base three times along with driving in a run for the Athletics, who have dropped three straight following a four-game winning streak. Fletcher — who missed 69 games due to a left hip strain — drove a fastball from Cole Irvin (6-8) over the left-field wall in the first inning. It was the Angels' fourth leadoff homer this season and the sixth leadoff shot of Fletcher's career.

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