Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy will have surgery to repair broken nose

Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy is carted off the field after Houston Astros baserunner Jake Marisnick collided with him at home plate July 7.
(David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

In the week since being knocked unconscious in a home plate collision in Houston, Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy has walked around sporting a shiner and spoken as though plagued by a cold.

He will address one issue Tuesday. He is scheduled to undergo a closed reduction surgery on his broken nose, an injury sustained when he tried to prevent the Astros’ Jake Marisnick from scoring in a tied game July 7. Lucroy was also concussed on the hit, which sent him to a hospital.

Lucroy’s recovery from the readjustment — the surgery is a noninvasive procedure — and the concussion could keep him out of the Angels’ lineup for three weeks, manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday.

Lucroy, who was well enough after the gruesome injury to ride in a car to Louisiana and serve as an honorary pallbearer for the funeral of his former college coach Tony Robichaux, was more optimistic. He does not expect to be in a nose cast after the surgery for more than a week.

“Once [my nose] starts to get in place, if there’s no bleeding or anything I should be able to start some activities,” Lucroy said.


Trout exits early

Angels star Mike Trout was removed from Sunday’s series finale win over the Seattle Mariners before the start of the third inning because of right calf tightness and replaced in center field by Kole Calhoun. The Angels announced Trout as day to day, and he is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. Trout said afterward the injury is not serious and that he lobbied to stay in the game.

Trout was hitless in one at-bat. He had reached base in each of the 10 previous games. During that span, he batted .368 with a gaudy 1.532 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. In Saturday’s 9-2 victory, he hit his eighth home run in seven games.

“He irritates me a little bit because eight home runs is about a season’s worth for me,” Ausmus joked. “And he does it in a week. I can’t keep throwing accolades at this guy. He’s the greatest competitor in the game.”

Back to Texas

When the Angels make their final regular-season trip to Arlington, they will have to relive the memory of Tyler Skaggs’ passing while playing a split doubleheader.

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The Texas Rangers announced the July 1 game postponed because of Skaggs’ death will be played Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. PDT, followed by the regularly scheduled game at 5 p.m.

Short hops

Outfielder Brian Goodwin reported feeling better after taking swings on the field for the first time since getting hit on the wrist by a pitch July 2. Ausmus said the Angels will make a decision on Goodwin’s roster status soon. … Reliever Keynan Middleton will make another triple-A rehab appearance Monday. Middleton, who is in the final stages of his recovery from Tommy John surgery, could return to the Angels by Aug. 1. He has made three appearances since July 5 and struck out seven in three innings. … JC Ramirez is also nearing a return from Tommy John rehab. He will make at least one more start at Salt Lake. His last outing Thursday lasted five innings, and he allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits and two walks. Ausmus said Ramirez has not expressed concern about his fastball velocity, which has hovered in the low 90s. Before surgery, Ramirez averaged nearly 96 mph.