Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Mlb-all-star-futures-game

The July 30th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Trout day-to-day with a knee contusion, the details of how the Greinke trade went down, Takahashi demoted and much more...

The Story: Mike Trout is day-to-day with a knee contusion.

The Monkey Says: Here comes a sentence I fear that I will have to write quite a bit over the next several years.  Trout suffered the injury crashing into the outfield wall the other night.  He is day-to-day right now, but it seems pretty likely that he will be back in the lineup tonight.

The Story: A look back at how the trade pursuit of Zack Greinke unfolded.

The Monkey Says: This is an example of how depth of a system doesn't always help.  Texas has more good prospects, but with Profar and Olt off limits, the Angels were a better fit since they had middle infield prospect that they were willing to part with.

The Story: The Angels demoted Hisanori Takahashi to clear a roster spot for Zack Greinke.

The Monkey Says: This is a very mild surprise.  Taka has been the low-man on the totem pole for awhile, but he also hasn't been awful.  It is possible, probably even likely, that Takashi will be recalled when he is eligible to take the spot of Ervin Santana or Garrett Richards once the Angels figure out the long-term plan for the fifth starter spot.

The Story: Ervin Santana will draw the start today against Texas.

The Monkey Says: I hate this idea, but also understand that it is a necessary evil.  The Angels think they fixed Santana's problem, so they have to run him out there to see if their fix worked.  They also might want to trade Ervin but the only way they are going to get back anything of value is if he shows some signs of hope tonight.  Given that Takahashi was demoted and Garrett Richards was not, it seems likely that the Angels are keeping themselves prepared for Santana to implode again.  Had Richards been demoted, he wouldn't be eligible to be recalled for the next scheduled start of Santana or whoever the fifth starter is.  Since he's there, the Angels might want to just have Garrett start warming up right after Ervin throws his first pitch.

The Story: Erick Aybar was placed on the 15-day disabled list and Andrew Romine was recalled to take his spot.

The Monkey Says: Aybar still has no concrete timetable for when he will return, but it doesn't sound like it will be as long as the rumored 4-6 weeks when he first suffered the injury.  Romine will simply provide coverage at the infield positions until Aybar returns.

The Story: The Angels have shown trade interest in Mariners reliever Brandon League.

The Monkey Says: It is a novel idea, but I honestly don't know where he would fit since Jepsen is pitching well and Walden will be back at some point.  You can never have too many quality relievers, but if the Halos are going to spend on one more reliever, they should focus on a lefty.

The Story: The Angels prefer to trade Vernon Wells rather than keep him as a reserve.

The Monkey Says: The idea of a Wells-Kevin Correia swap isn't the worst idea, but I don't think it is a real thing.  I have no doubt the Angels can rid themselves of Wells if they simply give him away for free, but I don't think they are going to do that since he does at least provide some kind of depth and thus far isn't making any waves about his reduced role.

The Story: Chris Iannetta was activated over the wekend with John Hester being demoted back to the minors.

The Monkey Says: In a lot of ways, getting Iannetta back is like adding a starting catcher at the trade deadline, but don't be surprised if he shares time with Bobby Wilson for a week or so as he builds his endurance back up.

The Story: Can the Angels keep Greinke long-term?

The Monkey Says: The Cain contract that the article mentions seems like the perfect benchmark for where Greinke could land his contract.  However, one important thing to note is that both Weaver and Wilson only got five-year deals, so it is possible the Angels will try and talk him into a deal of that length so as not to upset the precedent they set with their other two top pitchers.

[follow]

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jay Cutler to start again due to Jimmy Clausen concussion

Aldon Smith was reportedly drinking with Ray McDonald

Johnny Manziel ruled out for Week 17 with injury

Dwyane Wade hopes Heat fans give LeBron a warm reception

Adam Silver: No NBA team is tanking

Penguins having three more players tested for mumps

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jay Cutler is not the answer for the Titans

Josh Smith released by Detroit Pistons in surprising move

13 amazing NFL stats from Week 16

JJ Watt's bloody face defines 2014 campaign

Dominic Raiola insists he didn't intentionally stomp opponent

Jets call themselves the best 3-12 team in NFL history

WATCH: BYU, Memphis fight after Miami Beach Bowl

FSU sends recruit 75 reasons to play for Seminoles

Dale Earnhardt Jr., girlfriend wear great Christmas sweaters

Brandon Marshall: Raiola mocked my mental illness

Don't mess with Seahawks punter Jon Ryan

Niners OT asked Manti Te'o about his fake girlfriend

Darren Sproles' wife Michel fires back at Eagles critics

Steve Smith expects 'couch quarterback' criticism

WATCH: Tennessee walk-on gets scholarship as bowl gift

Raiders player gives game check to young girl in need

Game of the week: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Yankees pay for education of slain officer's children

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.

BYU, Memphis fight after bowl game

FSU sends recruit an eccentric pitch

Brandon Marshall unloads on Raiola

Did Aldon Smith violate probation?

Johnny Manziel ruled out for Week 17

An appreciation for Marshawn Lynch's crotch grab touchdown celebrations

D-Wade: Heat fans should cheer LeBron

Niners OT asked Te'o about fake girlfriend

Sproles' wife fires back at Eagles critics

Game of the week: Lions vs. Packers

'Manny' is the must-watch documentary about Manny Pacquiao

Breaking up the Brooklyn Nets

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.