Joe Thatcher RP LAA 4 Months

Thatcher was not included on the Angels' ALDS roster, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

A trade acquisition from the Diamondbacks in early July, Thatcher went on to post an 8.53 ERA and 2.21 WHIP in 16 appearances (6.1 innings) with the Angels. He had a 2.63 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 37 appearances (24 innings) prior to being dealt. Vinnie Pestano was chosen to fill the final bullpen spot.

Joe Thatcher RP LAA 5 Months

Thatcher was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Thatcher will add another arm to the Angels bullpen for the remainder of the season, and he could extend that into the postseason with a good showing in September.

Joe Thatcher RP LAA 5 Months

Thatcher (ankle) will meet with the Angels on Tuesday to be evaluated. The outcome will result in him either being activate or throwing a simulated game, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Thatcher will join the Angels' bullpen if he's activated, or will need to throw a simulated game in preparation for activation at a later point. The veteran pitcher will also provide some added experience to the bullpen, and could be a candidate to stay on the team for the postseason.

Joe Thatcher RP LAA 5 Months

Thatcher (ankle) allowed two runs on two hits in an inning pitched for Double-A Arkansas on Sunday.

Thatcher pitched in a live game for the first time since Aug. 2. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, manager Mike Scioscia said that the length of Thatcher's rehab stint will be determined by how he looks on the mound, and how he feels after each outing.

Joe Thatcher RP LAA 5 Months

Thatcher (left ankle sprain) felt good during drills Friday and is expected to pitch in a minor league playoff game Sunday,'s Alden Gonzalez reports.

Assuming everything goes as planned for Thatcher, he could be pitching out of the Angels' bullpen in a setup role again relatively soon.

Joe Thatcher RP LAA 5 Months

Thatcher (ankle) faced hitters in the batting cage Thursday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Thatcher was pleased with how the session went and will attempt to take part in some fielding drills Friday. The Angels believe the lefty should be available out of the bullpen in the coming days, but it's too early to say for certain when he might be activated.

Joe Thatcher RP LAA 5 Months

Thatcher (ankle) has started running and hopes to start throwing off a mound Saturday, but he is still at least two weeks away from returning to the Angels' bullpen, the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports.

He is dealing with a ligament sprain, and while a return in mid-September is possible, he won't offer much fantasy value as a middle reliever in the Angels' bullpen.

Joe Thatcher RP LAA 5 Months

Thatcher (ankle) is doing some light throwing off a mound in Arizona, but is "not close" to a return, according to manager Mike Scioscia,'s Alden Gonzalez reports.

The ligament sprain is expected to keep him out until at least early-September, but as a middle reliever, he offers little fantasy value, especially after the Angels bolstered the bullpen prior to the trade deadline.

Joe Thatcher RP LAA 6 Months

An MRI Monday confirmed a ligament sprain on Thatcher's ankle and he is expected to need 3-to-4 weeks to rehab the injury,'s Alden Gonzalez reports.

Joe Thatcher RP LAA 7 Months

Angels acquired LHP Joe Thatcher and OF Tony Campana from the Diamondbacks in exchange for OF Zach Borenstein and RHP Joey Krehbiel.

The veteran southpaw makes for a nice addition to the Angels bullpen which was lacking in quality left-handed arms. He has done a nice job for the D'Backs this season, posting a 2.63 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 25/3 K/BB ratio over his 24 innings of work. Despite adding Thatcher and Jason Grilli this week, the Angels are rumored to still be in the market for further bullpen upgrades.