Angels option slumping Justin Bour, will recall Jared Walsh to take his spot

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Once Ohtani came back last week, though, the chance for playing time shrunk. Pujols, who has been hitting better lately, is expected to play most of the time at first, leaving Bour on the bench.“It’s going to be hard to get him at-bats at the big-league level because obviously, the goal here is to win,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “Going down isn’t punishment. It’s more that we want to get him at-bats to get himself right to come back and help us.”Bour said the chance to get regular at-bats at Salt Lake “can help. I have to figure some stuff out and get back.”Bour said he didn’t think he needed a mental break.“Mentally, I think I’m OK,” he said. “I think I’ve come every day with a positive mindset and do what I can to help the team. Production-wise, it hasn’t been there.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Bour’s slow start finally resulted in him getting sent down to Triple-A.The Angels optioned Bour and his .163 batting average after Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins. They are expected to recall two-way player Jared Walsh to take Bour’s spot on the roster on Wednesday.“I can’t really say it’s coming to any kind of surprise,” Bour said. “The beginning of the season really hasn’t clicked for me like I know I’m capable of doing. There are two ways to look at it. I look at it as an opportunity to go down and figure some stuff out and get back as soon as possible.”Bour, 30, signed a $2.5 million deal with the Angels over the winter. They had hoped he could fill some of the gaps at first base while Albert Pujols was at designated hitter, prior to Shohei Ohtani’s return. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Aside from his lack of production, Bour has had at least three embarrassing mental gaffes. After he’d been called safe at second, he left the base believing he’d been tagged out. He failed to run out of the box on a pop-up, allowing the Seattle Mariners to let the ball drop and turn a double play. He also was unaware of the Angels’ defensive positioning, so he stopped pursuing a ground ball that ended up rolling through the uncovered right side of the infield in Kansas City.Bour’s departure opens the door for Walsh to make his major league debut.A first baseman, outfielder and left-handed pitcher, Walsh was hitting .302 with 10 homers and a 1.002 OPS at Salt Lake. Walsh can play first when Pujols needs a day off, and he can also fill in in the outfield.Walsh has also pitched five innings so far this season at Triple-A, allowing two runs. He would be the Angels’ only left-handed reliever.last_img read more