Found June 20, 2012 on Monkey with a Halo:

The June 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Williams better but needs more tests, Angels not interested in a Youkilis trade, Morales trying to break out of slump and much more...

The Story: Jerome Williams has been released from the hospital but will have to undergo further tests.

The Monkey Says: As of right now, it sounds like Garrett Richards will get to take Jerome's next turn in the rotation since Williams will be unable to do his normal prep.  A DL stint isn't entirely out of the question either.  If anything, this might be a convenient excuse for the Halos to "be cautious" with Williams in a thinly veiled attempt to get Richards a few more starts while he is on a roll.

The Story: The Angels are reportedly not interested in trading for Kevin Youkilis.

The Monkey Says: Good, as I detailed last week, Youk is going to be expensive to acquire and might well be washed up.  The article also theorizes that the Angels might need to trade for more pitching.  That strikes me as a knee-jerk reaction to Williams' illness, especially since we don't know how long he will be out.  On the other hand, you can never have enough starting pitching depth.  If the Angels can find a reasonable priced swingman that they can use in long relief but call on to move to the rotation if needed, it wouldn't be the worst idea.

The Story: Kendrys Morales is trying to break out of his slump despite inconsistent playing time.

The Monkey Says: Having to sit recently may not be the reason for the slump, but it definitely isn't helping.  It is just as likely that Kendrys playing in the field during the swing through NL parks put a new amount of strain on his surgically repaired leg and resulted in his slump.  Or maybe, he just his a bad stretch like the rest of the Halos did before their breakout night against Zito.

The Story: A look at how the Angels got back in the race for the AL West.

The Monkey Says: A great BPro piece as usual, especially since it makes the Angels look good and the Rangers less so.

The Story: The Angels and Giants are early season "also-rans" that could be dangerous in the post-season.

The Monkey Says: A similar piece but with the post-season qualifier at the end.  It is probably too early to start fantasizing about a playoff run, but the Halos are well-equipped, at least on paper since Haren and Santana aren't currently pitching to the best of their abilities.

The Story: Bobby Wilson is the new Jeff Mathis.

The Monkey Says: That's why he is called Jeff Fathis.  I actually am not as upset with Wilson getting semi-regular playing time since he is the best defender left of the healthy Angels catchers.  My real issue is John Hester being on the roster over Hank Conger as Hester has been nothing special behind the plate and is really falling off with the bat.  There is just no reason a journeyman like him should be higher on the depth chart than a prospect like Conger.

The Story: Ryan Langerhans will began a rehab assignment at Triple-A last night.

The Monkey Says: There is a good chance that Langerhans will take Andrew Romine's spot on the roster once he is healthy since the Angels have more use for Langerhans' lefty bat than Romine's glove and pinch-running skills.



Jerome Williams is Rushed to the Hospital

Rushed to the hospital According to, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jerome Williams was rushed to the hospital during Monday night’s game. After giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks in three and one-third innings, Williams was said to be having shortness of breath in the Angels’ clubhouse. As the Angels dropped the game to the San Francisco Giants 5...

Report: Dodgers Scouting Kevin Youkilis at Fenway Park on Tuesday Night

If Kevin Youkilis is going to be traded, then other teams are going to need to know what he's capable of. The Dodgers are apparently interested in the Red Sox infielder, as they have scouts at Fenway Park looking at Youkilis on Tuesday night, according to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. This comes on the heels of additional reports that Youk was "being shopped everywhere...

Angels await test results on Williams

Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jerome Williams remained hospitalized for part of the day Tuesday after being taken to UCI Medical Center on Monday night. Williams was having breathing difficulties and apparently passed out in the clubhouse after being removed in the fourth inning of his start against the Giants on Monday. The Angels were not giving any details of Williams'...

Red Sox Appear to Be Approaching Fork in the Road With Kevin Youkilis Situation

Of the many questions asked about the Red Sox these days, few are asked more than "What does the future hold for Kevin Youkilis?" The infielder has been the subject of trade rumors and trade speculation since his return from the disabled list, especially given the emergence of Will Middlebrooks, who was called up to replace the injured Youkilis. Now, with Youkilis back...

Youkilis trade talks gaining steam

The last days of Kevin Youkilis in a Boston Red Sox uniform may be approaching. Trade dialogue surrounding the beleaguered Boston third baseman has intensified in the last 24 to 48 hours, major-league sources told The Red Sox have made clear that (a) Youkilis is available and (b) they are willing to include cash to facilitate a better player return. In response, a...

Report: Kevin Youkilis Trade Talks Intensifying As Red Sox Infielder 'Being Shopped Everywhere'

It's beginning to look more and more likely that Kevin Youkilis' days with the Red Sox are numbered. Trade rumors have swirled surrounding the Boston infielder, and now is reporting that trade talks for Youkilis have "intensified." According to the report, talks have heated up in the last couple of days, with a handful of teams interested in acquiring...

Youkilis trade talk heating up; D-backs in play?

Kevin Youkilis' last days in a Boston Red Sox uniform may be approaching. Trade dialogue surrounding the beleaguered Boston third baseman has intensified in the last 24 to 48 hours, major league sources told The Red Sox have made clear that (a) Youkilis is available and (b) they are willing to include cash to facilitate a better player return. In response, a number...

Game Recap 6/18/12: Vanity Start

I know that I've been building up Jerome the last few previews, and coincidentally since I started talking him up he's been having some rather unlucky starts. Unlike his start against the Dodgers, he actually seems to have a decent reason for having a less than stellar start today.Jerome Williams was taken to the hospital after his start, experiencing shortness of breath...

The Last Hurrah for Youkilis

The Red Sox started a 9 game home stretch last night, with Kevin Youkilis going 1-4 and scoring an insurance run in the 6th after doubling to right.At the start of the game, Ken Rosenthal and John Paul Morosi reported that trade talks involving Youk have intensified over the past 24-48 hours, suggesting that his time in Boston is coming to an end. Teams that have expressed interest...

Halo Headlines: Toronto claims Pauley off waivers, Williams suffered asthma attack, Kendrick votes 2nd most underrated

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Even in baseball, life Intrudes

I remember hiding under the covers and listening to the Angels on a hand-held transistor radio while I was supposed to be asleep.  The lights were out and the volume was down and that radio was very close to my ear.  My dad was in the next room, his den, almost always listening to the game just as I was.  Once in a while he’d walk over to my room, open the door and say, “we...

Recap: Sox offense explodes for 15 runs in win over Miami

The Red Sox put up their best game of the year with a 15-5 knockout of the Marlins at Fenway. Nine hitters compiled 16 hits as the Red Sox ran away early in this one. Daniel Nava pushed his average to .333 with four hits, while Ryan Kalish, Kevin Youkilis, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Mike Aviles chipped in two apiece. Papi Ortiz led the way with four RBI coming on a grand slam....

Daniel Bard's Return to Bullpen Hinges on Josh Beckett's Shoulder Situation

The Red Sox have struggled with injuries and inconsistencies all season and are currently sitting at the bottom of their division. With the Sox sitting at .500, fans are getting frustrated and wondering what needs to change in order for their team to become a force in the AL East once again. Questions are flying about the future of Kevin Youkilis, when Carl Crawford can be expected...

Fantasy 15 baseball podcast June 19

Each Tuesday during the fantasy baseball regular season Mike Harmon and John Halpin hop on the internet to talk all things baseball in their weekly Fantasy 15 podcast. This week the guys chat about R.A. Dickey, Kevin Youkilis, Roger Clemens and Joey Votto in this week's podcast. >> Listen to Fantasy 15 for June 19 >> Listen to Fantasy 15 for June 13 >>...
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