Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 6/18/13
The June 18th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton doesn't know why he didn't play on Sunday, Madson resumes throwing and much more... The Story: Ryan Madson has resumed playing long toss but is still dealing with pain. The Monkey Says: That he is throwing is nice and all, but even he admits that they still don't know what the source of the pain is. This is not looking promising. The Story: Josh Hamilton still doesn't know exactly why he was scratched from the lineup on Sunday. The Monkey Says: Scioscia claims it was both mental and physical, but basic logic suggests that it was just that Sosh didn't think Hamilton could be effective against C.C. Sabathia. Why he couldn't make that clear to Hamilton though is a mystery. The Story: Mike Scioscia is confident that Jered Weaver is making progress. The Monkey Says: He hasn't been that sharp in his three starts since coming back from injury, but he did miss 50 days on the DL and really only had one simulated game as his rehab, so it isn't a huge shock that he might still be a bit rusty. The fact that his velocity has held up is a very good sign, now he just needs his command to come around. The Story: Mike Trout became the fastest player to score 200 runs since Ted Williams. The Monkey Says: Imagine how much faster it would have happened if he didn't have depleted versions of Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols hitting behind him. The Story: For Mike Trout, there is no ceiling to what he could accomplish. The Monkey Says: A nice fluff piece on Trout, but given that it is in the Washington Post, I can't help but wonder if this isn't a columnist trying to troll the Nationals and Bryce Harper. The Story: The Angels continue to be plagued by one of the worst defenses in baseball. The Monkey Says: This one is a mystery to me because they are generally a very talented defensive team. Callaspo obviously has his struggles and playing long periods without Bourjos and Aybar don't help, but they still shouldn't be this bad. The Story: A look at prospect Mark Sappington's progress this year in High-A. The Monkey Says: Sappington has posted solid numbers with the 66ers, but the reports of noticeable arm speed issues and an inconsistent breaking ball are discouraging. The general consensus has been that he will wind up in relief and this report does little to change that although some of his flaws are of the fixable variety. The Story: A look at the shift in Albert Pujols' hot zones for power within the strike zone. The Monkey Says: It looks to me like he is still more dangerous inside, it is just that the ceiling for his danger has been lowered, likely because of reduced bat speed. How much of that is from mere aging and how much is from his leg ailments, it is hard to say. The Story: C.J. Wilson talks about what MLB players think about when it comes to the hotels they stay in on the road. The Monkey Says: Wilson lords his clean eating over the other players who are all primarily interested in eating overpriced candy from the minibar. [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: David Lee signs with the Spurs

Craig Sager to miss Olympics while undergoing bone marrow transplant

Jarryd Hayne wouldn’t have retired if NFL had minor league system

Draymond Green: ‘Me and LeBron are friends’

Pierre-Paul won't need to wear club on hand this season


Report: Four cities remain in contention to host 2017 NBA ASG

Doc Rivers: Clippers have plan to let Paul Pierce retire as a Celtic

Another young 49er, Kaleb Ramsey, retires from NFL

Saints GM: Drew Brees’ contract situation is not a ‘distraction’

Tim Tebow: ‘I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in’

Olympic athletes warned about Rio's 'human crap' waters

Hue Jackson: Browns will give Josh Gordon a fresh start

Diamondbacks nearing Daniel Hudson trade

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

What would George Costanza have traded to get Bonds and Griffey?

Gabby Douglas can make USA Gymnastics history at Olympics

Week 3 will determine the Big Ten's reputation this season

Cam Talbot thinks the Oilers are close to making the playoffs

The new era of WWE SmackDown has liftoff

Vlade Divac: Cousins ‘most dominant player in the world’

Wild offer to make Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' new goal song

Canucks don't dismiss acquiring player with past issues

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ordered to pay $900K to auction house

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker