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The July 22nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Harris designated for assignment, Scioscia wins his 1200th game and much more...
The Story: Brendan Harris was designated for assignment and Tommy Field was promoted to take his place.
The Monkey Says: Harris didn't perform with the bat and was nothing special with the glove, so the Halos opted to promote Field who has a solid track record of production in the minors. With the short bench the Angels carry, it seems they just wanted a guy they could count on a bit more to come through at the plate.
The Story: Mike Scioscia won his 1200th game as a manger on Friday.
The Monkey Says: The fact that he has done all of that with one team is impressive. The question now is what team will he be managing for win #1300?
The Story: Albert Pujols' legs feel 'decent' after the All-Star break.
The Monkey Says: The rest no doubt helped, but he still looks to be in a lot of pain when he runs. He has been hitting well since the break though. It makes one wonder if Scioscia shouldn't make sure that Albert gets one day off each week, especially with the Angels only having four off days the rest of the season.
The Story: Jason Vargas will be examined early this week with hopes of throwing off a mound to follow.
The Monkey Says: He is three weeks into a projected recovery of four-to-six weeks. He hasn't had any setbacks, but it looks like his return will be closer to six weeks than four.
The Story: Mike Trout is atop Fangraphs' trade value rankings for the second straight year.
The Monkey Says: Now, about that contract extension...
The Story: Mike Trout is proving himself all over again.
The Monkey Says: Not that he needed to prove himself. This was more about analysts proving to themselves that it is possible for someone to be this great two years in a row at such a young age. Instead of assuming that Trout had an outlier season, he has instead shown that he is the outlier.
The Story: Tommy Hanson has officially been named the starter for Tuesday's game.
The Monkey Says: This was always the plan, but now he appears to have gotten all the clearances he needed to make it official.
The Story: Robert Coello still has not resumed throwing.
The Monkey Says: I wouldn't count on seeing him again before September if it all this season.
BEST OF MAXIM
ANAHEIM, Calif. Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, whose offensive struggles have been a source of concern for the team this season, was a late scratch Monday night because of an injury to his right ankle.
Manager Mike Scioscia said Hamiltons ankle "locked up" on him at some point after Sundays game against the Oakland As. In a tweet, the Angels called it a "stiff...
The July 23rd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Aybar a trade candidate, Hamilton complains about Angel Stadium lights and much more...
The Story: Speculation that Erick Aybar could become a trade candidate if the Angels decide to sell.
The Monkey Says: I'm not entirely against this as Aybar is no star, but he is pretty good and signed to...
Interview conducted by Rick Dykhuizen, AngelsWin.com Contributor
After the June, 2013 draft, AngelsWin.com spoke with Ric Wilson, the Los Angeles Angels Director of Scouting about the players taken by the Angels in the draft. At the end of our interview, we did a lightning round of questions with him to rate the players recently picked. When it came to the best overall hitters...
The Los Angeles Angels came out strong to start off the second half of the season against the Oakland A’s. Busting out of the gates were the Angels top of the rotation, Jered Weaver and CJ Wilson, who both dominated the A’s to earn the first two victories of the three game weekend series.
Jered Weaver (photo credit: Harry How/Getty Images North America)
The inconsistency of the...
What happened to pitcher vs. batter protocol? That went out the window on Sunday as Albert Pujols untucked Bartolo Colon’s jersey after flying out to deep center field. Watch, as the Fellow Dominican Republic native Pujols tugs at the unsuspecting Colon’s uniform top (via MLB.com) On a somewhat serious baseball note, I have a few questions: 1) What happened to Albert Pujols...
The Los Angeles Angels held outfielder Josh Hamilton out of yesterday's series opener against the Minnesota Twins as he was dealing with right ankle stiffness. Hamilton isn't sure what the cause of his discomfort is, and the Angels are considering him day to day with the ailment, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
"I have no idea why," Hamilton said after...
Robert Coello traveled to Arizona to continue his rehab after the Angels took off towards Chicago, then Seattle, and then the All-Star Break.
Coello's doctor visit on July 15th would have allowed him to start a throwing program, but that's not the way it turned out according to according to William Boor of MLB.com.
"He's not throwing the baseball yet, but his...
Source: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson has been activated from the disabled list.
Hanson, 26, has been out since mid-June with a strained right forearm. He will pitch in Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota.
The right handed Hanson has struggled this season with a 5.10 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over 47 2/3 innings of work.
ANAHEIM, Calif. Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson said he hopes baseball will be able to move away quickly from the suspension of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, but he also knows it won't be easy and that more punishments are probably coming.
Braun, who beat out the Dodgers' Matt Kemp for the National League MVP away in 2011, was suspended without pay for the final 65...
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Mike Trout - If there is one reason to root for the Angels to get back in the playoff race, it is so that Trout can become a more serious MVP candidate. I mean, who doesn't want to re-live the Cabrera vs. Trout holy WAR?
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
JULY 21, 2002
GAME 97 - MARINERS AT ANGELS
ANAHEIM – If the Seattle Mariners wondered if the Angels were truly a different team than the one that finished 41 games out in 2001, they are wondering no more.
The Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Mariners with a 7-5 victory before 34,945, moving to within one game of...
The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels matched up on Saturday night for the middle game of this three-game set, with the Angels riding a masterful outing from C.J. Wilson en route to a 2-0 win.
Oakland was again without the services of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for a second straight night, as he continues to deal with a sore left wrist.
Wilson entered Saturday’s start not...
A day after being dominated by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and C.J. Wilson, the Oakland A’s returned the favor on Sunday afternoon behind a complete game shutout from All-Star Bartolo Colon.
Matched up against Jerome Williams, Colon was easily the star of the day, mixing his fastballs and occasional off-speed pitches with authority en route to his 13th win of the season....
MONDAY, 7/22: Joe Blanton vs. Kyle Gibson: Finally, someone with a worse ERA than Blanton.
But seriously... Gibson is actually a high profile prospects who has only made four starts. In other words, he has an excuse. Blanton, not so much. Well, actually he might if it turns out he hurt his hand pummeling that Gatorade cooler.
After coming out of the All-Star break red hot and looking nearly unstoppable the Angels have continued their bi-polar act of looking amazing one day and looking like a little league team of rejects the next. A multitude of errors mixed with an inability to hit the ball led to the Angels dropping the final game of the series and missing a crucial sweep to start the 2nd half. One...