The second busload of Angels arrived at Guaranteed Rate Field at 4 p.m. Thursday, carry-ons in tow, ready for one last postgame flight across much of the United States.
Seventeen hours earlier, they had been eliminated from postseason contention, and the club’s collective gaze turned toward 2018. Unsurprisingly, many of the position players received the day off, though the news came as a surprise to some.
“Well,” second baseman Brandon Phillips said as he eyed the lineup card, “I guess I’m not playing today.”
Phillips missed two games earlier this month because of a back strain. Justin Upton, the Angels’ other Aug. 31 acquisition, had played every September game, as...