Found June 13, 2013 on Monkey with a Halo:
The June 13th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Blanton to have next start skipped, Madson wonders if HGH could help and much more... The Story: Joe Blanton will not make his next scheduled start. The Monkey Says: They say they are only pushing him back a few days, presumably so he doesn't get exposed by the Yankees. They haven't committed to when he will start next though. The Angels will need someone to start Tuesday the 18th, so that could be Blanton unless the Halos liked what Jerome Williams gave them yesterday. They've given themselves an out here, hopefully they follow through but my hunch is that Blanton will get at least one more shot. The Story: Ryan Madson wonders if HGH, under the care and direct supervision of a physician, could help him in his recovery. The Monkey Says: Madson was very careful to limit his curiousty only to HGH and only under a doctor's care so as not to stir the PED hornet's nest. Personally, I think this is a very valid question. The MLB-paid doctor in the article claims there is no recuperative benefit to HGH(and, yes, there are studies that show it helps with recovery from injury), but that is largely what athletes have used it for. That, of course, begs the question of why HGH is banned if it doesn't help? At this point, the well is probably poisoned since HGH has the taint of on it now. Even if the medical community finds that it can help with recovery without adverse long-term effects, MLB will probably never allow it. This despite the fact that they allow Adderall, which is just a brand name for speed, exemptions at several times the rate of the rest of society. The Story: Which catch against J.J. Hardy was better: Trout's or Bourjos'? The Monkey Says: I don't know. Trout's athleticism was absolutely amazing, but I think Bourjos might have actually had the higher degree of difficulty. I think Trout gets the edge still, but I really had to think about it. The Story: Scott Downs is morphing into a lefty specialist. The Monkey Says: I love that this piece is framed as if this is a positive development for Downs when in reality it has a lot more to do with him clearly losing his effectiveness, especially against right-handers. The Story: Thirteen Angel minor leaguers were named to the various minor league All-Star games. The Monkey Says: I'll take things that mean absolutely nothing for $800, Alex. [follow]

Los Angeles Angels Peter Bourjos with a Highlight Reel Catch

Check out Peter Bourjos' amazing catch as he went up and over the centerfield fence to rob J.J. Hardy of a home run in tonight's contest against the Baltimore Orioles. Mike Trout robbed Hardy of a home run last season in Baltimore and it became the catch of the year. The Angels even put together a poster of Trout's catch and gave it away to the fans in attendance on...

Angels' Joe Blanton to miss next start due to struggles

Angels' starting pitcher Joe Blanton (1-10) will miss his next start which was scheduled this weekend versus the New York Yankees. The nine-year veteran has a 5.87 ERA through his first 13 starts in an Angels' uniform. According to the LA Times, Mike Scioscia did not specify how long Blanton's hiatus will be, but did say that he will "push him back a couple...

Angels' Ryan Madson in favor of players using HGH while rehabbing

It's been 14 months into recovery from Tommy John surgery and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ryan Madson has finally reached the point where he is willing to try anything to get back on the baseball diamond — even Human Growth Hormone. "If HGH were legal, just in the process of healing, under a doctor's recommendation, in the right dosage, while you're on...

Angels place Robert Coello on DL with shoulder inflammation

The Los Angeles Angels placed right-handed reliever Robert Coello on the 15-day disabled list yesterday due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder, according to Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times. Coello was nearly unhittable in his first 11 appearances for the Angels, posting an ERA of 0.68 over that span. However, he's been hit hard in his last two outings, getting...

Trade Candidate: Jason Vargas

The Angels are 10 games under .500. They are 11.5 games back in the division and 9.5 games back in the Wild Card race. Baseball Prospectus and each give the Angels a roughly 5% to 7% chance of earning a playoff berth. Go ahead and cling to that hope if you want. We here at Monkey with a Halo would be ecstatic if they somehow pulled that off, but we are also realistic...

GIF: Peter Bourjos makes amazing catch to rob J.J. Hardy of home run

Tweet   When Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia fills out his lineup card and inserts the name Peter Bourjos he doesn’t necessarily do so for offensive purposes. That’s what Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo, Mike Trout, and Josh Hamilton are for. Bourjos’ defensive capabilities are good enough to shift Trout, pretty impressive with the glove [...]

Why I Still Watch the Games

By David Saltzer, Senior Writer -  Chuck Richter started a thread on about why he’s still watching Angels games this year. In his opinion, it’s about watching individual players: Bourjos stealing a homerun; watching Trout develop; Trumbo launching a bomb; Weaver possibly throwing another no-hitter; Kendrick competing for a batting title, etc...

Peter Bourjos robs JJ Hardy of home run

Last June in Baltimore, Mike Trout made an amazing catch to rob JJ Hardy of the Orioles of a home run at the center field wall. This June, it was Peter Bourjos' turn. The Los Angeles center fielder made this remarkable grab of Hardy's deep fly ball in the first inning of Tuesday's Angels-Orioles game, dredging up memories of Trout's insane catch from a year ago. There...

Halo Headlines: Burnett out at least a month, Coello placed on DL, De La Rosa recalled

The June 12th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Sean Burnett out at least a month, Robert Coello placed on the DL, Dane De La Rosa recalled and much more... The Story: Sean Burnett's exam found no new damage, but he won't touch a baseball for at least a month. The Monkey Says: So there is no surgery, but there is also no real idea of...

Inside Edge: Grading Dipoto’s Offseason Pitching Moves

 By Greg Bird, Staff Writer -  Let me start the train of articles pointing the finger at who’s to blame for this Halo mess. The season looks bleak and long at this point. Everything seems to be going wrong and I mean everything. The question is could the Angels have done things differently and changed their fortunes? I want to look back at the offseason pitching...

Not good enough; Angels fall to the Orioles, 3-2

The Angels continue to confound with their winless ways. They pitched well, they played remarkable, stunning, jaw-dropping defense, and still couldn't defeat the Baltimore Orioles. Starter Jason Vargas pitched as well as he could've. Peter Bourjos, fresh off the DL, showed just why he is in centerfield instead of Mike Trout, robbing JJ Hardy (the same guy Trout robbed last...

Halo Headlines: Angels tried to draft Tebow, sign a top draft pick

The June 14th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels tried to draft Tebow, sign a top draft pick and much more... The Story: Former scout Tom Kotchman recalls the time the Angels tried to draft Tim Tebow. The Monkey Says: Drafting football players was an old trick the Eddie Bane regime loved for some reason. Let's just be thankful that...

Preview: Yankees @ Angels (6/14/13)

Andy Pettitte (5-3, 3.82 ERA) kicks off the three game series with the Angels and squares off against CJ Wilson (4-5, 4.02 ERA). Pettitte got his 250th career win in his last start, holding the Mariners to a run on three hits over 7 1/3 innings. He is 14-11 with a 4.49 ERA in 31 career starts against the Angels. In Wilson’s last start against Boston, he gave up only four runs...
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