In a promising development, Angels outfielder Mickey Moniak may soon rejoin the team in game action this Friday. He has been sidelined for the past 10 days due to a persistent back issue, but Manager Phil Nevin has given the green light for his potential return.
As of now, Moniak boasts an impressive record of 83 games played this season, maintaining a batting average of .280 with 13 home runs and 43 runs batted in. This season has undoubtedly marked a peak in his young career, making his return to the lineup a welcome prospect.
Moniak’s outstanding production throughout the year has been a highlight for fans and the team alike. His presence back in the daily lineup would be a welcome boost, even in the current phase where the Angels are playing for the sake of playing. It’s worth noting that additional playing time for Moniak could contribute significantly to his future performance, something the team is keen to ensure as they approach the offseason.
“It’s a low back spasm that’s really causing him some discomfort,” Nevin said. “Those things can come and go. So hopefully with these days off, and actually a little less treatment to not flare it up, and the off day (Thursday), we’ll see how he is on Friday.”
During Moniak’s absence, the Angels have turned to other young players to fill key roles, experimenting to find the best fit as they approach the final stretch of the season. Manager Phil Nevin’s own future with the Angels remains uncertain, given the team’s struggles this season. However, he may have a chance to sway the front office’s decision if he can rally the team’s performance over the remaining weeks. This season has indeed been a grueling one for the Angels, with a continued playoff drought and numerous unanswered questions looming over their offseason plans.