Adell sprains ankle, strains hamstring

Top Angels prospect expected to be sidelined 10-12 weeks

Jo Adell advanced three levels and played in the Futures Game last year before earning an invitation to Spring Training. (Matt York/AP)

By Chris Bumbaca / MiLB.com | March 10, 2019 10:08 PM

The Angels learned Sunday night that top prospect Jo Adell will be sidelined 10 to 12 weeks after tests revealed he suffered a Grade 2-plus right ankle sprain and a Grade 1-plus left hamstring strain.

MLB.com's No. 14 overall prospect was injured while running the bases in Saturday's Cactus League split-squad game against the Cubs.

Adell, starting in center field during his first big league Spring Training, led off the second inning with a single and Wilfredo Tovar followed with a base hit through the right side. As the 19-year-old turned second, he slipped, fell and appeared to be in considerable pain. 

"I knew I could get to third base on the play, so I kind of turned on another gear and felt the top part of the hamstring pull," Adell told MLB.com. "I tried to shut it down. When I got around the bag, I rolled the ankle over after that."

The Angels' top prospect walked off the field under his own power before leaving on a cart. He was spotted on crutches after the game and underwent an MRI on Sunday.

"For me, it's just a minor setback," Adell said. "I'm going to be in here every day, working, trying to get back. The [training] team is great. They're going to have a plan for me and they already do. I'll be back before you know it and be ready to roll."

Adell performed well in his first showcase against Major League talent, hitting .391 with three RBIs in 11 spring games. The 10th overall pick in the 2017 Draft moved from Class A Burlington to Double-A Mobile during a breakout 2018 campaign in which he batted .290/.355/.543 with 20 homers, 77 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 99 games.

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It was good enough to earn him Organizational All-Star honors and an invitation to camp. When the Louisville, Kentucky native returns from the injuries, he'll likely go back to Mobile in his age-20 season. 

"You're talking about a super athlete, and he goes out there every day and is just fun to watch. He's a special player," Ryan Barba, who managed Adell with Class A Advanced Inland Empire last year, told MiLB.com in November. "He's loaded with talent but still continues to work hard every single day. He's a guy that can do a lot of different things. Hopefully, he'll be in the big leagues soon, but all I can say is: he's a special talent."

Chris Bumbaca is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @BOOMbaca. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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