Found July 29, 2013 on
Monkey with a Halo:
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That, ladies and gentlemen, is a $137 million white flag you see being waved atop the Big A. As was suspected after he re-aggravated his foot on Friday night, the Angels announced that Albert Pujols has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot and will quite likely miss the rest of the season.
As devastating as that might sound, it is actually a stroke of serendipity for the Angels who have been putting on a charade for the last few weeks that they might not decide to sell or possibly even buy. Now they don't have to pretend anymore because the long awaited decision on shutting down Pujols was gift wrapped for them when he came up lame with that tear. Now he is either going to have miss several months for the tear to heal or get surgery that will keep him out three months to repair the damage. Either way, he isn't coming back, even if the Halos aren't announcing such due to some misplaced marketing ideas.
With Pujols out of the way, the Angels can continue their transition into an evaluate and sell strategy that they covertly began earlier this month. First it was increasing Hank Conger's playing time, then Brendan Harris was cut loose in favor of Tommy Field and more recently, it was moving Garrett Richards into the rotation in place of Joe Blanton. Moving forward they will, hopefully hand most, if not all, of Pujols' playing time to Kole Calhoun to see just how much everyone's favorite Triple-A slugger is capable of producing at the big league level.
Calhoun won't be the last of the call-ups though. Rumors are already circulating that the Angels have placed Scott Downs, Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick on the trading block. At least one of those guys will be shipped out and minor league reinforcements will be promoted, even though the Angels don't have all the many prospects ready for the Show. Maybe they will just see what lesser prospects like Matt Shoemaker, Andrew Romine, Luis Jimenez and Michael Roth are capable of as they audition for depth roles in 2014, or they can go with a trial by fire for the likes of Taylor Lindsey, Nick Maronde and C.J. Cron.
Whoever gets traded or promoted is incidental at this point because whatever they do, it is all about figuring out what the Angels need to do to position themselves to return to contention in 2014.
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After starting the second half of the season strong in a series victory over the American League West leading Oakland A’s, the Los Angeles Angels have now stumbled towards the bottom of the standings.
C.J. Wilson (photo credit: Jason O. Watson/Getty Images North America)
Things looked very promising coming off the All-Star break when the Angels were able to take two out of three...
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Albert Pujols has been placed on the DL with a partial tear of the left plantar fascia, and he reportedly could miss the rest of the season.
Albert Pujols will likely sit out the rest of the season after suffering a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot Friday night an injury that forced the Angels slugger to the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
Manager Mike Scioscia said that Pujols who hit .258 with 17 home runs and 64 runs batted in despite being hobbled all season by the painful condition will be out "...
Per Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, Albert Pujols may not play another game during the remainder of the 2013 season. Pujols is suffering from plantar fasciitis and is expected to miss a significant amount of time. The only cure for this issue is rest and lots of it. The only way for the team to know how long he will be out for is to take it by a week-by-week basis.
Mark Trumbo is expected...
Angels' DH/first baseman Albert Pujols is back in Southern California from Oakland to have an MRI on his left foot. The slugger re-injured it running to first base last night after he singled in the ninth inning against A's closer Grant Balfour.
In his absence, Mike Trout will bat third for the first time in his Major League career, according to Alden Gonzalez. The...
Angels first baseman may not play again this year after he was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Pujols has been dealing with the injury for awhile, but aggravated it while running to first base on Friday against the A's. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Pujols would be out for "a significant amount of time...
An already tough season for the Los Angeles Angels just got even tougher.
The Angels announced that Albert Pujols was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. L.A. manager Mike Scioscia said that Pujols would be out for “a significant amount of time,” and possibly the remainder of the season.
His left foot was bothering...
Entering the season, Los Angeles Angels first baseman and
designated hitter Albert Pujols was hoping he would be able to produce closer
to his career norms devoid of significant injury and ailment. He was specifically
hoping for comfort rather than lingering discomfort in his foot. While Pujols
says his case of plantar fasciitis is no worse at this point of the season, it
Albert Pujols had words for Oakland A’s relief pitcher Grant Balfour after hitting a 2-run single off of him in the ninth inning of Oakland’s 6-4 win over the Angels at O.co Coliseum on Friday night. Balfour threw up and in on Pujols earlier in the at-bat, which angered the Angels DH. Balfour tried going [...]
Angels slugger Albert Pujols returned to Los Angeles on Saturday
morning for further testing on his sore left foot.
Albert Pujols, in year two (!) of a deal that will make past Los Angeles Angels Of Outer Rancho Cucomonga death deals look like nothing, DL'd for the year. His OPS was all of 767, so it's not like this is going to be a bitter loss for the Angeles to take... but dear heaven, do the Angels need for an NBA/NHL style amnesty experience to kick in right about now.Oh, and...
A single link late Saturday night, with no comment. Right there in the e-mail box from Mountain Fresh (LINK HERE).
He didn't have to say anything and I didn't have to respond.
It was sad.
Sad that it came to this. Sad that we didn't really, but kind felt like we needed to say something to each other. Sad that we knew all of this was coming...
The Angels dropped three of four to the A's in Oakland are 13 games out of first place and probably won't have Albert Pujols (partial tear in his left plantar fascia) for the rest of the season.
Time to sell?
The Angels don't expect to be very active before Wednesday's non-waiver 1 p.m. PT Trade Deadline sources with the team continue to say. But they...
In what initially seemed like deja-vu, the Los Angeles Angels seemed to be duplicating their season of a year ago. It was then when they stole the headlines, signing free agent Albert Pujols and LHP CJ Wilson. This made a very good team seem better as the Angels were the favorites to win the AL West division. The Angels started out 2012 by going 8-15, but were 26-26 by the end of...
By Jason Sinner, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
I keep seeing tons of internet chatter from Angels fans about selling off the teams spare parts to make them better......eventually.
Yet a bad loss tonight and many are still pissed even with little doubt about the outcome of this season.
On top of that, we traded a 38yo middle relief lefty specialist about to become a FA...