Angels Acquire Brendan Ryan

Angels acquire shortstop Brendan Ryan following loss of top shortstop, Andrelton Simmons.

ANAHEIM -- Two days after the Los Angeles Angels lost their shortstop, Andrelton Simmons, to a thumb injury, they went out to fill bench depth in the likes of Brendan Ryan.

Ryan, a nine-year veteran, was spending time with the Washington Nationals Triple-A affiliate, batting .263 with a .686 OPS. Very early Tuesday morning, Ryan received the call he'd be joining the Angels, just to add to an already eventful night.

"We lost all our power at the stadium and that was kind of funny," laughed Ryan. "Everyone is walking around with flashlights in the shower, nobody could see anything. Another day in the minors I suppose."

The Angels will be without their top shortstop, in Andrelton Simmons, while he recovers from left thumb UCL surgery. This leaves a literal hole in the six-spot of the defensive lineup that GM Billy Eppler feels he can fill with Ryan and another off-season acquisition, Cliff Pennington.

The Angels will still likely go to Pennington to fill in at shortstop during Simmons' time on the disabled list, which isn't as far of a subraction as many think. Pennington has the 12th best UZR rating of any Major Leaguer at shortstop since 2012, with the 12th most defensive runs saved at the position.

Though picking up Ryan or moving Pennington won't fix any solutions on offense, Pennington has been hitting better than the injured Simmons, with a .592 OPS over a .526 rating. Ryan also says he's very flexible to play any position, as he's proven, playing seven different positions in the Majors, including time on the mound.

"The more reps you get anywhere the better you're gonna feel. I've even got a catcher's glove in [my locker] in case. I will say I did get a couple innings on the mound last year, scoreless mind you."

Manager, Mike Scioscia, hasn't used a position player to pitch during his time at the helm. Ryan is ready for that to change.

"We'll work on that, he hasn't seen my stuff, clearly."

For the Los Angeles native, Ryan will now be able to sleep in his own bed for the first time since February, and also see his wife and child for the first time since the end of Spring Training.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Ryan, the Angels put Garrett Richards on the 60-day disabled list, following news he tore his UCL and will"likely need Tommy John surgery."



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