Found March 02, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
Angels right-hander Jerome Williams, the leading candidate to win the fifth rotation spot, suffered a left hamstring strain during a defensive drill on Friday and is expected to be sidelined for at least a few days, if not longer. Williams, who went 4-0 with a 3.68 earned run average in 10 games, including six starts, after being called up by the Angels last August, will be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Angels' team physician, on Saturday. The 30-year-old Williams will battle right-handers Garrett Richards and Trevor Bell and left-hander Brad Mills for the final spot in a rotation that will be headed by Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, C.J. Wilson and Ervin Santana. -- Mike DiGiovanna

Odds are Long on Kendrys Morales Comeback

Bobby Abreu is an unhappy guy right now. His role with the Angels will be diminished since the Angels signed Albert Pujols. The Pujols signing created a domino effect that pushed Mark Trumbo off of first base and into an already crowded outfield picture. The picture gets further complicated by the expected return of Kendrys Morales from an injury saga that resulted on a leap of joy...

Angels tinkering with top of batting order

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia wants to put Albert Pujols in the third spot in the batting order, guaranteeing the slugger gets to the plate in the first inning. "That's the spot that we see him being the most productive," Scioscia said Thursday. A lot depends on who the Angels find to hit in the first two spots. "I think we have some guys that...

Bobby Abreu should have a busy spring

Tempe, Ariz. It might be unrealistic for the Angels to get Bobby Abreu the playing time he desires this season, but the veteran outfielder should get more than his fill of plate appearances this spring. The 38-year-old Abreu, who has said he would rather be traded than accept a reserve role, told Manager Mike Scioscia he would like to play five or six days a week in Arizona, an...

Pujols pushing himself in spring training

Albert Pujols shows up early and stays late, pushing himself to get everything out of his workday with the Anaheim Angels. ''This is my job,'' Pujols said Friday. ''You have to take your job seriously.'' He makes it look easy in part because he works so hard. ''He's showing not only that he's a great talent, but why he's so good...

Halo Headlines: Scioscia considering batting Wells second, Hawkins and Isringhausen taking Walden under their wings, Scioscia's camp assignments have begun

The March 2nd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...

Batting Vernon Wells in the two-hole is the Bad Roster Decision of the Day

Calling today's Bad Spring Training Roster Decision of the Day a bad idea is an insult to bad ideas.  It is so bad we nearly had to create a new daily feature called the Catastrophically Stupid Spring Training Roster Decision of the Day. Today's nominee comes from the LA Angels, who have already brought us whoppers of decisions like guaranteeing disgruntled, aging designated...

Kendrys Morales taking steps forward

Tempe, Ariz. Angels slugger Kendrys Morales, sidelined for the last year and a half because of a broken left ankle, has graduated from straight-line sprints to running zig-zag cuts in the outfield and said he will start running the bases next week. "Every day Im feeling better," Morales said through an interpreter. "My strength is getting better, Im getting better...

Jered Weaver Player Projection No. 37

Key Stats: For the second straight season, Jered Weaver was a top 20 overall player. Last year Weaver got there a different way than he had the season before. His strikeout total fell by 35 strikeouts, but his ERA went down by 0.60. Skeptics Say: The ERA going down as far as it did was based heavily on luck. Weaver’s FIP was 3.20. His teammate Dan Haren (who has the same fielders...

Halo Headlines: Trumbo cleared for full activity, Abreu gripes about his role again, Morales steps up his rehab program

The March 1st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...

2012 Player Preview: Jordan Walden

For a rookie All-Star closer, Jordan Walden faced a lot of uncertainty about his role heading into this off-season but he emerged with his closer job intact.  What does he have to do in 2012 to make sure that the Angels don't go scrounging for a replacement again after this season? 2011 Stats: 5-5, 60.1 IP, 2.98 ERA, 49 H, 26 BB, 3 HR, 67 K, 32 SV 2012 ZiPS Projections:...

Los Angeles Angels: 3 Up and 3 Down

Talk about quarterback Eli Manning upstaging his big brother. In 2011, the Texas Rangers became the talk of the AL West by going to two straight World Series’. Then, Southern California sports talk was all about the mess known as the Dodgers. The Angels and their second-place finish became third page news. So when the team fired GM Tony Reagins and brought in the Diamondbacks Jerry...

Players Sporting Their New MLB Gear

We had a lot of movement in Major League Baseball this offseason. Now that spring training has started, we’re getting a chance to see how these players are fitting in with their new teams. Although he’s sporting the same colors with the Los Angeles Angels, it’s tough to see Albert Pujols in anything but Cardinals gear. The new look of the Miami Marlins comes with a bunch of...

Gonzalez covers all bases in live chat with fans Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez participated in a live Web chat with fans on Thursday. During the chat he answered many questions, including how the Angels stack up against the division-rival Rangers, how Mark Trumbo will fit in the lineup and whether Vernon Wells will bounce back.
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