Angels reliever Jake Jewell has been diagnosed with a fractured right fibula, the team announced, he will require season-ending surgery.
Jewell suffered the injury on a play at the plate last night. The images left little doubt that he was seriously hurt, with a cart removing him from the diamond. At this point, his long-term outlook is not clear, though hopefully he’ll be able to rest and rehab over the winter and return to full strength next spring.
Certainly, that’s not how anyone would have wished Jewell’s third MLB outing would end. The 25-year-old, a former fifth-round draft pick, had only just ascended to the big leagues to help fill out an increasingly thin Halos’ staff. Now, he’s the latest to go down with injury — in this case, in quite an unusual and unfortunate manner.
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Jewell had never even pitched at Triple-A when the 2018 season began. He quickly earned a promotion to the highest level of the minors, but had struggled there before moving to the bigs. In 25 frames at Triple-A, Jewell managed a 3.60 ERA but handed out 6.1 BB/9 to go with his 8.6 K/9 and 54.9% groundball rate. Jewell, who had previously been added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, did show a 97+ mph heater in his brief time in the majors.
Jewell was trying to make a play at the plate in the eighth inning. With runners on second and third and Mitch Moreland at the plate, Jewell uncorked a wild pitch.
He raced to the plate to cover and appeared to slip before getting there, with his right ankle getting caught beneath him.
The right-hander remained down on the ground for several minutes before a stretcher was wheeled out to home plate. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for evaluation.