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Los Angeles Times:
Young catcher is trying to stick with the big league club for good, but after a rough patch last season and with the likelihood that the Angels won't carry three catchers, he might be headed back to triple A for more seasoning.Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. -- There comes a time in every highly touted youngster's career when he must turn promise into production, when he must perform with some consistency in the big leagues or risk going from prospect to suspect.
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Nothing that happens in the Angels' camp this spring will be more closely scrutinized than every step Kendrys Morales takes on his attempted comeback.
Morales has not played since suffering a fractured ankle in May 2010. But his return to full health could further transform an Angels lineup that has already added first baseman Albert Pujols.
In the first week of camp, Morales...
The February 24th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...
Coming off a year where they didn’t make the postseason but they got back in the mix, the Angels have a very good team. They have been one of the better teams in the American League over the past decade but had seen a decline in the last couple of years. They are back in a big way with the signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. This is a look at their 40 man roster in...
Jordan Walden came into spring training trying to improve on a season that wasn't what he wanted it to be.
The Angels closer was 5-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 32 saves in 2011 but he also had 10 blown saves, tied for the major league lead.
''It wasn't as good as I wanted it to be, but I learned a lot,'' Walden said.
This season, Walden hopes to make his fastball...
Tempe, Ariz. Even if Kendrys Morales' running program goes exactly as planned, with no setbacks, the earliest the Angels slugger would play in exhibition games is mid-March, Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday.
Morales has missed the last year and a half because of a broken left ankle, but if he regains his 2009 form, when he hit .306 with 34 homers and 108 runs batted in, he...
Kevin Jepsen, a key reliever in 2009 but slowed by knee issues the last two years, appears sound after surgery, is back up to his original playing weight and hopes to regain his high-90s velocity.You can see it in the ease and comfort of his delivery, his explosive thrust toward the plate and the way the ball comes out of his hand. You can hear it in the loud pop of the catcher's mitt.
Torii Hunter arrived at Angels camp Sunday, greeted by a pile of new spikes and prime locker placement -- Albert Pujols on one side, Vernon Wells on the other.
The Angels signed veteran reliever Juan Rincon to a Minor League deal -- though it doesn't include a Spring Training invite, so the 33-year-old right-hander will stay on the Minor League half of the complex throughout the spring.
Angels' Torii Hunter wants to play two or three more years.
For a man who had the lowest batting average and on-base percentage among qualifying players last year, Vernon Wells seemed especially confident and enthusiastic when he arrived at the Angels' Spring Training facility on Saturday. In his mind, several things are working in his favor heading into 2012
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I'm Scotty Allen and I'm somewhat of a "Jack of all trades". I'm a former Marine and current grad-student, amateur scout for a sports agency, senior columnist for LA Angels Insider, minor league writer for Monkey with a Halo, and a correspondent for The Outside Corner. My favorite team is of course the Los Angeles Angels, but I find myself routinely rooting...