first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Without Upton, Ohtani and possibly Trout, the Angels will face a daunting challenge over the last 14 games.“We’re going to have to find a way,” Ausmus said. “We’re going to have to put some good at-bats together and battle. We’re not playing easy teams. We are playing some of the best teams in the American League. You’ve got to buck up a little bit.”All the Angels’ remaining games are against teams currently in position to make the postseason: the Rays, New York Yankees, Oakland A’s and Houston Astros.“It’s definitely going to be tough,” said Kole Calhoun, who hit his 30th and 31st homers while batting in the No. 3 spot of the short-handed lineup on Friday. “You look at our schedule and it’s not going to be easy for sure. I’m going to go out there and play and play hard. Try to go out and compete. Those are some big guys who are a huge part of this team that we are without. It’s going to take some guys stepping up.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “The big things is he can get a full offseason of training and be full go when we get to Tempe in 2020,” Ausmus said after the Angels’ 11-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. “That’s the important part.”Upton was not available for comment after the game, when the Angels announced the diagnosis. He had expressed frustration on Wednesday night, when the Angels first announced that he was having more problems with his knee.Besides the bookend knee issues, he sprained his toe just before Opening Day, missing the first 2½ months.And in between he had trouble finding his swing, hitting .215 with 12 homers and a .724 OPS in 219 at-bats. Upton’s career average is .266 and his OPS is .822.Ausmus said there was “no question” that Upton’s injuries affected his performance.center_img ANAHEIM — Justin Upton’s season has ended the way it began.Upton missed most of spring training with tendinitis in his right knee, and on Friday night he was diagnosed with patella tendinitis in the same knee, ending his season. He will undergo a platelet-rich plasma injection next week, and six weeks later be able to begin strengthening the joint.The Angels will now play the rest of the season without Upton and Shohei Ohtani, who had knee surgery on Friday, and with Mike Trout still battling a foot problem that has cost him a week.As for Upton’s injury, Manager Brad Ausmus said the bright side is that Upton at least can get a head start on a healthy offseason, which he didn’t have as he battled the knee issue throughout the winter and into spring training. “In a sense, it’s been a lost season from an injury perspective,” Ausmus said. “Never really got rolling, then another injury. I think he’s really looking forward to an offseason where he can get going.”Upton briefly got going in August, when he had a 12-game stretch in which hit .297 with four homers. After that, though, he hit .177 over the last 18 games.Although pitching issues were mostly responsible for the Angels’ disappointing season, there is no doubt that missing an effective Upton in the middle of the lineup also proved costly.“If he’s having a normal Justin Upton season and he’s there for the whole six months of the season, that’s a huge difference offensively,” Ausmus said.Ausmus said he could tell Upton was having a difficult time handling the way his season unfolded.“He’s accustomed to performing at a certain level and he didn’t feel like he was performing at that level,” Ausmus said. “He’s human. There’s going to be days of frustration or moments of frustration.”Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img