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Franklin Barreto will be shut down for 4-6 weeks due to elbow inflammation.
Barreto has played well in spring training, slashing .350/.409/.650. It was likely going to be an uphill battle for Barreto to see regular playing time this year. Barreto's best path to playing time is as a super utility player. He and the Angels will now have to wait 4-6 weeks before Barreto can fulfill that role.
Angels SS Franklin Barreto (shoulder) was fully cleared for baseball activities Friday.
Barreto underwent surgery on his left shoulder in September and missed the rest of the 2020 campaign. He was acquired by the Angels at the trade deadline and appeared in only six games with his new team. Barreto is fully cleared for baseball activities, but his role with the Angels is unclear at this time. The 24-year-old SS slashed .074/.107/.074 across 28 plate appearances in 2020 for the Angels/A’s last season.
Franklin Barreto injured his shoulder while sliding into second base on a steal attempt in Sunday's game against the Astros.
He exited early and was replaced by Luis Rengifo. Angels manager Joe Maddon said it was a shoulder injury but didn't have a diagnosis. Consider Barreto day-to-day for now.
Franklin Barretto cleared was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday.
Barretto was acquired by the Angels via trade on Friday and has yet to play a game for his new team. He was activated off the COVID list Wednesday and is expected to be in a utility role for the Angels. Barretto has scored five runs over 11 plate appearances so far in 2020.
Franklin Barreto has a good chance to win the second base job for the A’s to start the season after Jorge Mateo was traded to the Padres for a player to be named.
Barreto has shown legitimate power in the minors with an improving running game. At age 24, he still has a chance to regain his power stroke and the stolen bases would be a nice addition from a middle infield spot. Barreto will see competition from Vimael Machin and Sheldon Neuse, but remains the one to watch for the A’s second base job to start the season.