Found August 24, 2012 on Monkey with a Halo:

The August 24th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Pujols day-to-day with a calf injury, Wilson offers no excuses for his struggles, Angels rank 4th in ESPN's MLB Future Power Rankings and much more...

The Story: Albert Pujols is day-to-day after his MRI only revealed calf inflammation.

The Monkey Says: He'll hopefully be back in the lineup some time this series, but probably at DH for a few games.  Bullet dodged.

The Story: C.J. Wilson offers no excuses for his poor pitching of late.

The Monkey Says: This was written before he melted down again last night.  Suffice it to say he did not "take the hammer to the ant."

The Story: Mike Trout is ruining rookie season standards for everyone.

The Monkey Says: And I am enjoying every single minute of it.

The Story: The Angels were fourth in ESPN's Future Power Rankings.

The Monkey Says: That is nice and all but I am more concerned that they are also in fourth place for the final AL Wild Card standings.

The Story: Uni Watch rates the Angels as having the 36th best uniform in pro sports.

The Monkey Says: I have no qualms about that ranking.  The uniforms are sharp and clean, but not flashy.

The Story: Peter Bourjos claims his wrist has been a problem since back in Spring Training.

The Monkey Says: That would certainly explain his struggles at the plate, well, that and his sporadic playing time.  However, hold on, let me put on my fake doctor's coat, I have a hard time believing a few days of rest is going to make everything all better.

The Story: Jerry Dipoto calls questions about Mike Scioscia's job security a "distraction."

The Monkey Says: JeDi never outright guarantees that Scioscia will be back, but the fact that he, a man once described as the real Chris Traeger, got "perturbed" by the line of questioning certainly seems to indicate that he is not considering firing Scioscia at any point.  Nor should he, in my opinion.

The Story: One issue that might be causing Zack Greinke problems is that his catchers in Milwaukee were much better at framing than Chris Iannetta.

The Monkey Says: Everyone make sure Scioscia never sees this.  It is all the evidence he needs to force a trade to re-acquire Jeff Mathis.

The Story: Steven Geltz talks about getting called up and making his MLB debut.

The Monkey Says: In which, a professional ballplayer in his early twenties uses the phrase "Holy cow!"



Pujols leaves Wednesday's game with calf tightness

Angels first basemanAlbert Pujols left Wednesday nights game at Boston against the Red Sox afterexperiencing tightness in his right calf. Pujols appeared to pullup as he was running to third base on a fourth-inning ground out by KendrysMorales. He waved off team trainers and eventually scored on a single by MarkTrumbo. But Pujols was check bytrainers when he returned to the dugout...

Pujols is day-to-day with calf injury

The Los Angeles Angels will be without their most dangerous hitter, but probably not for long. Albert Pujols left Wednesday's game in the fourth inning with a right calf injury. He underwent an MRI exam Thursday that revealed only inflammation and no structural damage. He was not in the starting lineup Thursday but could be back in the lineup as soon as Friday. "It...

Angels' Pujols leaves game with a tight right calf

First baseman Albert Pujols has left the Los Angeles Angels' game against Boston in the fourth inning with tightness in his right calf. Pujols doubled in the fourth inning and pulled up running between second and third on Kendrys Morales' grounder to shortstop before slowing going into the third-base bag. He stayed in the game, but ran home slowly on Mark Trumbo's single...

Albert Pujols Latest

The LA Angels 240 million dollar man has been free and clear of injury all season long; until now. Albert Pujols left Wednesday night’s game in Boston during the fourth inning, after apparently straining his right calf while running the bases.  According to an ESPN LA report,   Pujols indicated after the game that his calf had been tightening up. Pujols reportedly had an MRI...

FanGraphs Audio: Angels Left-Hander C.J. Wilson

Episode 231 David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, discusses all manner of advanced baseball analysis with Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things. Audio after the jump. (Approximately 12 min. play time.)

Jacoby Ellsbury, Slumping Red Sox Look to Break Through Against C.J. Wilson, Angels

Editor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days. The Red Sox enter Thursday's game against the Angels as losers of three straight, which includes dropping back-to-back contests against the Halos to begin the series. Starting pitching has...

Tigers' Cabrera in lineup, Angels' Pujols out

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup with a heavily taped right ankle. Cabrera was set to be the designated hitter Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels. Cabrera says he hopes to be healthy enough to play third base in the second game of the series on Saturday night. He left Thursday's game against Toronto during the second inning with soreness...

OPS Fantasy Leagues: Return Of The King

Here are some updates on guys I covered earlier in the year and where I expect them to be for the rest of the season: Albert Pujols – When I last wrote about him a few months ago, he had an OPS below .600. I remember people talking about how he was struggling to adjust to American League pitching. Since then he’s been getting to know them, getting to know all about them. The...

5 ways the Angels seem like they are out of it, but they really aren't

Let's face it, the Angels have been shrouded by negativity for much of the last month.  Not even C.J. Wilson's famed Positive Mental Attitude has been able to fend it off (it also hasn't helped him #throwstrikes either).  I could sit here and offer some insight on the struggling rotation or the lousy bullpen or the tenuous job security of every member of the coaching...

2012 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix 8/23: Beltre belts 3, Pujols injured

Adrian Beltre had already hit three home runs by the end of the fourth inning in Texas on Wednesday night. He failed to hit his fourth in both of his last two at bats, thus failing to become the 18th player in MLB history to hit four in the same game and having to settle for being the fifth player to have a three homer game in both the regular and postseason. Sadly, none of the...

Angels-Tigers Preview

Both Detroit and Los Angeles received a bit of a scare in the last few days as Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols were forced out of games with injuries. While the Tigers are hopeful Cabrera will be back for Friday night's series opener, the visiting Angels don't seem as optimistic about Pujols' return. Cabrera left Thursday's 3-2, 11-inning win over Toronto in the...

Halo Headlines: Trout grace cover of SI, Pujols injures calf, Bourjos placed on DL

The August 23rd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Mike Trout lands the cover of Sports Illustrated, Pujols suffers a calf injury, Bourjos to the DL with a wrist injury and much more... The Story: Mike Trout is featured on the cover of the newest edition of Sports Illustrated. The Monkey Says: Odds of him blowing out his knee in...

Injury updates: Pujols, Darvish, Bonifacio and Hairston

Game Recap 8/23/12: We will overcome - Angels 14, Red Sox 13

So, that just happened. Wow, what a game.  And I say that as a guy who didn't watch any of it, as my Angels TV boycott remains in effect.  But even monitoring it over Gameday and Twitter, I think it is safe to say that it was the craziest game of the year by far.  Or at least the craziest game that didn't make Angel fans want to impale themselves on a lawn sprinkler...

Thursday Red Sox Mediocrity - 8/23

After falling 7-3 last night, the Boston Red Sox look to avoid being swept tonight in the finale of a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at historic Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Angels television market, you can catch the game on Fox Sports West...
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