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The June 24th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Madson may be done for the season, Vargas out 4-6 weeks, Hamilton and Bourjos injured and much more...
The Story: Mike Scioscia admits it is possible that Ryan Madson may not pitch at all in 2013.
The Monkey Says: What disaster this Madson signing turned out to be. It is just a shame for the guy that his season and career are in such a state, but it is more of an indictment on Dipoto that he hung much of the improvement of this terrible bullpen on a guy coming off injury without also acquiring a fallback plan.
The Story: The current prognosis for Jason Vargas is that he will miss four-to-six weeks due to the blood clot in his left arm pit.
The Monkey Says: He will get a second opinion today though, but if he only misses a month or so, that is actually about as good as he could hope for in this kind of situation as blood clots in the shoulder area have ended careers before. Whatever the case, it is pretty safe to assume that Vargas will not be on the trading block at the deadline due to this medical red flag.
The Story: Josh Hamilton missed the Pittsburgh series after getting a cortisone shot for a wrist injury.
The Monkey Says: Scioscia was careful to avoid saying that this injury was behind his hitting woes. If so, that is kind of a shame because having an explanation behind Hamilton being terrible would make us all feel a lot better about the four-plus years left on his contract.
The Story: Peter Bourjos left yesterday's game after hurting his thumb sliding into second base.
The Monkey Says: No word on the severity yet, though he is expected to see a specialist this week. If he hits the DL, let's hope the team calls up Kole Calhoun to take his place rather than rely on a combination of J.B. Shuck and Brad Hawpe. Shuck held his own last time, but Calhoun deserves a shot and the Halos really need to find out what the kid is capable of.
The Story: The Angels signed their top pick in the draft, Hunter Green, to a slot value contract.
The Monkey Says: That is great news both that they signed the high schooler but that they didn't have to go over slot to do it. They also signed seventh-rounder Garrett Nuss over the weekend, so they have just three draft choices remaining that haven't signed.
The Story: Howie Kendrick isn't going to mess with his approach even though the team wants him to pull the ball more.
The Monkey Says: He finally breaks through and they want him to change? Are we sure Mickey Hatcher isn't still the hitting coach?
The Story: Mike Trout is on pace to have one of the greatest 21-year old seasons of all time.
The Monkey Says: I'm pretty sure that whatever age he is, he is a good bet to have one of the best seasons ever.
The Story: Arte Moreno talks about all of the Angels' struggles.
The Monkey Says: Most importantly, he once again said he would not even discuss personnel changes until after the off-season.
The Story: The Angels replaced the chain link fences on the outfield wall with plexiglass.
The Monkey Says: If you think they didn't do that specifically to save Trout, especially after what Bryce Harper did to himself at Dodger Stadium around the time the Halos made the change, you're crazy.
The Story: Is Jered Weaver a potential Hall of Famer?
The Monkey Says: Nope and I didn't even really need to think about it all that much. He never won a Cy Young and he doesn't have a long history of being a big strikeout guy. Plus it looks like he is headed into a significant decline, so he won't get a chance to pad his stats. Maybe had he held his peak for another two or three years, but if he keeps pitching like he is now, or worse, I doubt he even gets enough votes to make it to a second ballot.
The Story: Mike Trout narrowly trails Adam Jones for the most All-Star votes in the AL outfield.
The Monkey Says: Ask me how much I care. Go ahead, I dare you.
The Story: Felix Hernandez wore a commemorative patch for Dr. Lewis Yocum during his start at the Big A last week.
The Monkey Says: I am not at all spiritual, but I like to think Dr. Lew intervened there to help the Angels pull off that comeback win against King Felix. Now if only we could get all opposing pitchers to wear the patch, the Angels would be set.
The Story: It is time to trade Mark Trumbo.
The Monkey Says: NOPE. Not even a little bit. If anything they should re-sign him. Believe it or not, the thing this offense is lacking the most is power. Yes, they need to re-stock the farm system, but they also need to contend next year and that won't happen if they have only the rotting corpses of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton providing the power behind Mike Trout.
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DETROIT Angels pitcher Jason Vargas will undergo surgery this week to remove a blood clot from his left armpit area, a procedure that is expected to sideline the left hander for three weeks to a month.
Vargas was examined Monday by Dr. Peter Lawrence of the UCLA Medical Center. Lawrence confirmed the initial diagnosis and recommended surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Russell...
The Los Angeles Angels lost center fielder Peter Bourjos
yesterday, as he exited the team’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates after
injuring his left thumb. As of last night, the Angels were still awaiting results
of initial tests on Bourjos’ thumb, according to William Boor of MLB.com.
While it’s unclear exactly when the injury was sustained, it
In this day and age, it seems like everyone and everything gets its own meme. As such, it should be no surprise that Mike Trout now has a burgeoning meme in his honor, what with him being the best player alive and all. The new trend taking Twitter by storm is #Trouting, which is basically taking pictures of themselves striking a pose that resemble the famous photo of Trout running...
The June 25th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout back in the MVP debate, Angels fans are not paying attention and much more...
The Story: Mike Trout has re-inserted himself into the AL MVP debate against Miguel Cabrera... again.
The Monkey Says: Trout, Cabrera and Chris Davis are all neck-and-neck in terms of WAR, but I have a hard time...
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed Hunter Green, their first pick of the 2013 MLB Draft. Green is a 6-foot-4, 180 pound, seventeen-year-old (eighteen on July 12), left-handed pitcher out of Warren East High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The wait to draft Green was long for Angels Scouting Director Ric Wilson, as the Angels did not have a first round pick, and had...
Mike Trout is only 21 years old and in his second big league season, but it’s not too early to start talking about the phenom’s chances of making it to Cooperstown. SUBWAY® is celebrating “The Boys in the Hall” and asked us to evaluate Trout’s likelihood of becoming a Hall of Fame player. Based on [...]
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By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
JUNE 22, 2002-GAME 71
ANGELS AT BREWERS
MILWAUKEE -- A masterpiece it wasn't, but Jarrod Washburn's paint-by-numbers pitching performance Saturday night was all about the results.
The Angels' starter needed 122 pitches to work his way through six innings, but when he was finished the Milwaukee Brewers had scored...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
JUNE 23, 2002
GAME 72 - ANGELS AT BREWERS
MILWAUKEE -- The Angels offense was so good during the series against the Milwaukee Brewers, it only needed two innings Sunday afternoon to complete its work for the day.
The Angels got all five runs and six of their nine hits in the first two innings and made it stand up in a 5-2...
Albert Pujols doubled, singled, scored a run and drove one in - all in an eight-run fifth inning - and the Los Angeles Angels routed the Detroit Tigers again, 14-8 on Tuesday night.
The Angels have won seven straight against Detroit, by a combined score of 48-17. C.J. Wilson (7-5) allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings for Los Angeles.
Rick Porcello (4-5) gave up seven...
Normally, I'd be plenty happy with two wins in three games on the road, particularly on the West Coast with AL rules against a decent offense like the Angels with a ton of pitchers on the disabled list. Here's the thing, though: Joe Blanton is starting for the Angels today. Joe Blanton has served up taters like a lunch lady this year. He's got a 5.62 ERA and the Angels...
As the halfway point of the season approaches, I think it’s fair to say most Angels' fans are wishing they could start it all over again. 11 games out in fourth place in the division really isn’t what we were expecting. On that note, here are five other thoughts that have been rattling around my brain, which I really didn’t expect to be having now, or at any point.
It's getting harder and harder to write something original about the Angels these days. It sure looks like the team is starting to realize this won't be there year. Tonight's game was a perfect showcase of a team that just doesn't seem to know what to do. They have struggled all season to get any sort of rhythm and rather than get angry the team seems to be going...
Let's face it, this whole Josh Hamilton thing isn't working out so great. He's easily the most disappointing and most frustrating player on an incredibly disappointing and frustrating team. The problem is that Josh isn't going anywhere. We fans are just going to have to make the best of it, so to prepare you for what is sure to be a tough emotional journey, we present...
The June 26th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Vargas to miss a month with surgery, Bourjos ready to play, Halos acquire Cowgill and much more...
The Story: Jason Vargas will have surgery to remove his blood clot and will miss 3-4 weeks.
The Monkey Says: That is actually great news. He won't be able to throw for two weeks, but the team...