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Los Angeles Angels place Max Stassi, Juan Lagares on IL as injuries mount

Apr 9, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, CAN; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Chris Rodriguez (73) congratulates catcher Max Stassi (33) after beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels placed catcher Max Stassi and outfielder Juan Lagares on the 10-day injured list as injuries continue to plague the team.

Tuesday’s moves come on the heels of third baseman Anthony Rendon (groin strain) hitting the IL with a groin strain and outfielder Dexter Fowler (torn ACL) being lost for the season.

Stassi, who turned 30 last month, suffered a left thumb sprain on Monday night. X-rays were negative Monday, but Tuesday’s MRI revealed a sprain.

The Angels, with Kurt Suzuki becoming the team’s primary catcher, recalled Anthony Bemboom for backup duties.

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Los Angeles selected the contract of Jon Jay to fill in for Lagares and transferred Fowler to the 60-day IL.

Stassi, who started six games this season, is 6-for-16 (.375) with a home run and three walks. He’s a career .221 hitter as he begins his ninth big-league season.

Lagares, 32, is also in his ninth MLB season. A career .253 hitter, he’s 0-for-7 in two games this season.

–Field Level Media