Found January 28, 2013 on
Fox Sports West:
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who underwent minor surgery on his right knee after last season, will not play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, General Manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed on Monday.
Pujols, through his agent, expressed a desire to play in the WBC, which will be held in early March, but because of liability issues related to his surgery, he was not cleared by Major League Baseball or the players union to participate.
Pujols hit .285 with 30 home runs, 105 runs batted in and 50 doubles last season but was relegated to designated hitter for much of September after suffering his knee injury. Shortstop Erick Aybar (Dominican Republic) is the only player on the Angels major league roster who will play in the WBC.
Dipoto also said that closer Ryan Madson, who signed a one-year, 3.5-million deal with the Angels after missing all of 2012 because of Tommy John surgery, will not pitch in exhibition games until mid-March, a schedule that could prevent the right-hander from opening the season with the team.
Madson, who went 4-2 with a 2.37 earned run average and 32 saves for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011, threw 20 pitches off a mound on Monday is scheduled to progress to 25 pitches by Friday.
Well be conservative with him, Dipoto said. Whether hes ready to go on opening day or requires a little more time, I dont anticipate too long of a delay. Hes in great shape. Were optimistic it could be opening day, but realistic that it might take little more time to get him ready.
Dipoto said starting pitcher C.J. Wilson and newly signed left-handed reliever Sean Burnett, who both had surgery to remove bone spurs from their pitching elbows after last season, are right on schedule with their rehabilitation and throwing programs and should be ready to start spring training on Feb. 12.
In other Angels news, the team has signed Robert Coello, a hard-throwing, 6-foot-5, 250-pound right-hander, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Coello, 28, pitched in 12 big league games for Boston and Toronto. He is 27-20 with a 3.33 ERA in six minor league seasons and will provide rotation depth at triple-A or long-relief support.
Bobby Knoop, a former Angels infielder and major league coach, is returning to the organization as a minor league coordinator of infield instruction. Knoop, 74, who spent the past eight years in the Colorado Rockies organization, will be in uniform for the first several weeks of big league camp.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols says he hopes to play for the Dominican Republic after the second round of the World Baseball Classic.
The first baseman and three-time NL MVP had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October. He would need special permission from the Angels to take part in the Classic.
Pujols told a Dominican radio show that the Angels support him...
Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports that RyanMadson, signed this winter with hopes of him claiming the Halo's closer role,
may not be ready to make the opening bell.
Madson, 32, underwent Tommy John surgery last April,
which caused the then Cincinnati Red to miss the entire 2012 season. The
Angels signed the 6'6", 202 lb. right-hander to a one-year...
Prospect Profile - Kaleb Cowart (3B)
Bats: Both Throws: Right Height: 6’2”195 lbs. DOB: 6/2/92
(Cedar Rapids/Inland Empire): .276/.358/.452 with 16 HRs and 14 SBs
Kaleb Cowart's first full professional season with Angels, split between
two levels (Cedar Rapids, IE 66ers), was a good one. The Halos 3B
prospect showed signs of having solid power down the road clubbing...
Prospect Profile - Nike Maronde (LHP)
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’3” 205 lbs. DOB: 9/5/89(AZL Angels/Inland Empire/Arkansas/Angels): 6-4, 2.21 ERA, 22 BBs, 97 Ks, 105.2 IP
After a solid start to his professional career in 2011, ranking atop the pioneer league's crop of prospects, Maronde was one of four players to make it to the big leagues from the 2011...
The Angels avoided arbitration with reliever Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with the hard-throwing right-hander on a 1.181-million deal for 2013 that includes an awards package.
Jepsen, who rebounded from 2011 knee surgery to go 3-2 with a 3.02 earned-run average in 49 appearances last season, had asked for 1.4 million, and the team countered with 975,000, a fairly sizeable...
By now you have have probably seen our Top-50 Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball feature or read excerpts of it in the Angels own historical piece "Under the Halo", well tomorrow at 1PM ET on the MLB Network, tune in for the Greatest Moments in Angels History brought to you by MLB Productions.
Below is the MLB Network's Promo for tomorrow's special.
The Los Angeles Angels and reliever Kevin Jepsen have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,181,000, avoiding arbitration with the hard-throwing right-hander.
The Angels announced the deal Tuesday night.
Jepsen went 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA last year, returning to an important role in the Angels' bullpen after missing much of the 2011 season with a knee injury. He has been a steady...
The January 28th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels own the best outfield, Cron and Cowart amongst top prospects and much more...
The Story: The Angels rank as having the best outfield in the majors.
The Monkey Says: Let me just start by saying that I'm proud of Joe for not being a Braves homer and ranking them first. I...
Omar Vizquel, who retired from his playing days following the 2012 season with the Toronto Blue Jays, announced his next career step at the annual Shaw Jewish Community Center sports dinner in Akron last night.
Vizquel, now 45 years old and with 2,877 career hits, will be a roving infield instructor for the Los Angeles Angels in 2013. He mentioned that he will travel from team-to...
Up until he left the St. Louis Cardinals for the greener pastures of Southern California, many Cardinals' fans believed that former Cardinals' star first baseman Albert Pujols was the second coming of the late Stan Musial.
Obviously, Pujols is thought of much differently than Stan Musial at this point, but there is no denying the amount of respect Pujols had for "...
So it seems that the LA Dodgers are going to be getting their very own TV network. Well, isn't that special?
Oh, wait, I'm sorry, that came off as sarcastic, didn't it? That is special. I'm actually quite jealous of the Dodgers, which is something I seldom find myself feeling. But, for me at least, my jealousy is not steeped in the fact that the Dodgers...