Angels’ Taylor Ward feeling better, hopes to play on Tuesday

ANAHEIM — Taylor Ward missed a second straight game after his collision with the fence, but he’s not planning on a missing a third.

Ward said after Sunday’s game that he thinks he will be back in the lineup after the off day, for the start of a series against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

“I think so,” he said. “It just depends how I wake up tomorrow. Once it subsides I think I’ll be good to go. I think I could play now to be honest. I really do. Playing up to my ability? I’m not exactly sure what what that would be.”

Ward, who has been one of the best offensive players in the majors through the first quarter of the season, crashed into the fence just after making a catch in the ninth inning on Friday. At first it was unclear whether he’d hurt his head, his neck, his shoulder or his wrist.

The eventual diagnosis was that he had a stinger, which affects the nerves running between his neck and right shoulder. He said he took some swings and made some throws on Saturday. He didn’t feel any pain, but there was some weakness.

The Angels kept him out of Sunday’s game, too, and will send him for an MRI exam on his neck and shoulder on Monday.

“Feeling better,” Ward said. “No headache anymore. My neck pain’s gone. Really the biggest thing right now is…

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