Found August 23, 2012 on Monkey with a Halo:

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 the next week just went up by a million.  Also, is it just me or do is forearms and hands look really jacked up?  Like way too jacked up for a 21-year old?  It isn't just me, right?

The Story: The Angels placed Peter Bourjos on the DL with a wrist injury, calling up Garrett Richards to take his place.

The Monkey Says: This move is odd to me because Bourjos can still serve as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner despite his injury.  Meanwhile, the Angels now have 13 pitchers on the roster, which is way too much even for a lousy bullpen like theirs.  That being said, Richards has the stuff that could make him a difference maker in the bullpen, assuming that is what he is really up to do and not secretly being called up to step in for Dan Haren today if things go south in a hurry.

The Story: Albert Pujols left last night's game with a sore calf and could miss the next few games.

The Monkey Says: He's getting a precautionary MRI today and is unlikely to play at all today as well.  If this is minor, don't be surprised to see him come back as a DH for a few days before shifting back to first base.  Hopefully he isn't out long not only because the Angels need him, but because the Angels now basically have just two bench players thanks to the Bourjos-Richards transaction.

The Story: According to bWAR, Mike Trout is the best player in baseball by a mile.

The Monkey Says: Why is the AL MVP even up for discussion?

The Story: Mike Trout is a product of his environment and that is a good thing.

The Monkey Says: A great write-up from a writer who was actually witness to Trout back in his high school days in Millville.

The Story: The Angels need their talented pitching to start showing up.

The Monkey Says: I love Rob Neyer, but, duuuh!  Of course they do, everyone knows that.  The good news is it looks like it is slowly happening with Santana back on track(ish) and Weaver rebounding from his one poor start.  Greinke would be fine too if he could just avoid the one big inning, the same goes for C.J. Wilson.  To me, the only guy really worth worrying about is Dan Haren since there is a potential health issue involved.

The Story: Aaron Cook strikes out Mike Trout as two worlds collide.

The Monkey Says: Hey, the sun shines on every dog's ass every once in awhile.



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