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The April 17th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Madson nearing a return, Weaver using a bone stimulator to hasten his return and much more...
The Story: Ryan Madson had his most complete bullpen session yet and could soon begin facing batters.
The Monkey Says: That could have him activated from the DL in the next 10-14 days which would be exactly what the embattled Angel bullpen needs. This, of course, means that he is bound to tweak his elbow again or maybe just trip over a black cat while ducking under a ladder only to smash his face into a mirror, breaking both his face and the mirror.
The Story: Jered Weaver has been using a bone stimulator device on his broken elbow in hopes of speeding up his recovery.
The Monkey Says: Can he find a velocity stimulator for his throwing arm? The detail that this device helped Pujols accelerate his recovery from his broken wrist is certainly encouraging, but I wouldn't expect any miracles. If this was such a magical device, wouldn't everyone be using them? Now please allow me to pause for a moment to pat myself on the back for getting through this entire blurb without making a juvenile joke about the potential other uses for a "bone stimulator." Thanks.
The Story: An AL talent evaluator believes that Albert Pujols' legs are on their last legs.
The Monkey Says: Get it? Pure comedy, folks. Scouts are hilarious. Scouts aren't, however, doctors. Albert is clearly ailing right now and he may be at a point where his health issues aren't ever going to go away. It is probably smart for him to primarily DH this season, but I don't think it means that after an off-season to rest that he will be incapable of playing first on a more regular basis in 2014.
The Story: Speculation that Tony La Russa could take over as manager of the Angels.
The Monkey Says: This guy is a real old fashioned newspaper reporter yet he goes and drops that nugget at the end of his random thoughts compilation without explaining whether or not this is just his own wild speculation (probably) or if he has heard some sort of real rumor to support the claim. I suspect it is the former, because if it was real, it would make a for a much juicier story. I also don't think TLR would be a good match for the Angels. Part of what seems to be hurting the Angels is Scioscia overmanaging and La Russa is the guy who practically invented overmanaging. I also suspect that Tony would want a lot of control of the roster and the Halos just went through the process of wresting that control from Scioscia, so I would imagine they'd be reluctant to just hand it all over to La Russa
The Story: Mike Trout needs to return to the leadoff role.
The Monkey Says: I kind of agree, but I think the payoff of changing the order is so small that it isn't worth getting worked up over. I actually like the idea of having Trout, Pujols and Hamilton hit in succession, but I'd rather it be Trout at leadoff, Hamilton in the two-hole and Pujols third. If that can't be the arrangement, then flipping Trout with whoever is leading off at the moment really doesn't bother me one way or the other.
The Story: A breakdown of Josh Hamilton catching a baseball with his face.
The Monkey Says: To say that Hamilton has had a bit of a rough time learning to play right field would be an understatement.
The Story: Troy Percival may or may not be in talks with the Angels regarding a coaching role within the organization.
The Monkey Says: This sounds like wishful thinking on the part of some fans. I fail to see what Percival would bring to the table as a coach as I imagine his only advice would be, "squint your eyes and then throw real hard."
BEST OF MAXIM
Ryan Madson is feeling pretty close to normal. After suffering through an entire season missed in 2012 thanks to Tommy John surgery, Madson expected to be ready for Opening Day this year. Unfortunately, he developed tightness in his elbow and was shut down. Now, he is nearing his return. Finally.
Madson said today was the "closest I've felt to normal."...
MLB News: Outfielder Scott Cousins was outrighted to Tripla-A Salt Lake by the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday. Clearing waivers, he will remain in the system as insurance in case of injury do the parent club thoughout the season. He was designated for assignment a few days ago to make room for Michael Roth on the 40-man roster.
Fantasy Ramifications: None.
The post Los Angeles Angels...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
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GAME 15 - ANGELS AT A’S
OAKLAND -- This one, they couldn't blame on Tim Salmon.
With Salmon on the bench to rest his sagging ego, the Angels' offense struggled against the Oakland A's No. 5 starter and lost, 4-2, before 9,145 at the Oakland Coliseum.
Starting pitcher Eric Hiljus beat the Angels...
Yeah, its one of those strange spots..
Although we have been seeing some signs of life, the pulse still isn’t strong in the Angels. OK, the injuries haven’t been as disastrous as they could have been, with Luis Jimenez covering third base more than adequately, and although we miss Erick Aybar, Harris and Romine haven’t embarrassed themselves at shortstop. The pitching has been predictably unpredictable, but Weaver...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
APRIL 16, 2002
GAME 13 - RANGERS AT ANGELS
ANAHEIM -- First, Darin Erstad used his head. Then, he used
After nearly taking down the outfield fence with his head in
an attempt to make a catch in second inning, Erstad lined a two-run double in
the bottom of the 10th inning to overcome a 5-4 deficit and give the Angels...
The Angels recently shifted Garrett Richards from a middle relief role to starting role, promoted Luis Jimenez from AAA to the Major League squad, promoted Michael Roth from AA and put him into a long relief scenario in which he’ll piggy-back on Richards’ starts and promoted the recently acquired Dane De La Rosa to the bullpen from AAA. Undoubtedly while some news sources believe...
The April 16th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels potential suitors for Headley, Arte Moreno paying for his own moves and much more...
The Story: The Angels could be a suitor for Chase Headley if/when he becomes available via trade.
The Monkey Says: I seriously doubt it, but I understand why people will bring it up. Frankly, the Angels...
Ben and Sam discuss how big a signing bonus Mark Appel will get in the amateur draft, then assess Mike Scioscia`s job security.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer had a home run among his four hits and drove in three runs for the Minnesota Twins in an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on a cold, windy Monday night that helped send several fly balls to the deepest parts of Target Field.
Kevin Correia (1-1) earned his first American League win after finishing seven innings for the third time in as many starts...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins have had their series finale at Target Field postponed by rain.
The decision was made about 15 minutes before the scheduled start of Wednesday night's game. The Twins won the first two games of the series to drop the Angels to 4-10, matching their worst start in franchise history.
The Twins said the makeup date...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer had another four hits and three RBIs to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
Mauer sprayed four singles into the Target Field outfield, making him 8 for 10 in the series through two games and raising his average to .386. Brian Dozier added two hits and two RBIs in his first career game batting leadoff for...
It couldn't possibly get worse, right? No. Actually, it seems like it can. After Joe Blanton stunk up the joint last night serving up taters to the whole ballpark out in frigid Minnesota, Jason Vargas out-stunk him. One could try to rationalize the sudden loss of Vargas' command of his pitches, chocking it up the cold air, or sympathy for Blanton, or a Space Jam-esque alien...
With the Angels absent from the playoffs since 2009, and off to a 4-10 start this season — below even the lowly Astros in the AL West — there’s already heavy speculation about manager Mike Scioscia‘s job security. Scioscia is baseball’s longest-tenured manager and is signed through 2018, but after the Angels signed Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton to huge, multiyear deals...
On Mondays Phil Naessens Show Sports-Kings/Reading Between the Seams Managing editor David Whitlock joins Phil to discuss the Padres/Dodgers brawl, the injuries to Jose Reyes and Jered Weaver and several key matchups this week including the Colorado Rockies/New York Mets, Tampa Bay/Baltimore, St. Louis/Pittsburgh, Detroit/Anaheim, Houston/Cleveland, New York Yankees/Toronto and...