ANGELS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Schedule may take Richards out of OD mix

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that ace right-hander Garrett Richards is scheduled "in pencil" to start against the Dodgers on March 31, three days before Opening Day. That would seem to suggest that Richards will be unavailable to start the Angels' season opener, though it's also possible he could make an abbreviated outing to stay sharp for their first game against...
Via Angels.com
13 hours ago

Angels cautious with Valbuena's tight hamstring

First baseman Luis Valbuena departed the Angels' 7-4 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday with right hamstring tightness, manager Mike Scioscia said.
Via Angels.com
13 hours ago

Should Cliff Pennington Start At Second Base?

The Angels acquired Danny Espinosa over the off-season to fill the void at second base. This spring he’s hitting .222 with 7 RBI in 45 at-bats. Its been a rough start for Espinosa, and could potentially cost him his starting job at second base. Veteran Cliff Pennington has been outstanding this spring, hitting .414 with two RBI and 12 hits in 29 at-bats. The Angels signed a two...
Via Halo Headquarters
14 hours ago

Revere leads Angels' offense vs. Mariners

Ben Revere and Eric Young Jr. ripped back-to-back home runs in the second inning and Yusmeiro Petit turned in a strong start as an Angels split squad topped the Mariners, 9-8, under overcast skies at Peoria Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Via Angels.com
16 hours ago

Street To Be More Cautious In His Return

Huston Street visited the team doctor, Steve Yoon, on Monday to therefore determine where he stands regarding the lat strain he experienced earlier in Spring Training. According to what Pedro Moura of The Los Angeles Times recently reported, an ultrasound uncovered that there is a minor abnormality in Street’s latissimus dorsi. While there is a bit of an abnormality, the Angels’...
Via Halo Headquarters
18 hours ago

Bye Bye Ticketmaster, Angels Partner Up With StubHub

Bye Bye Ticketmaster, Hello StubHub!  The Los Angeles Angels today announced a multi-year agreement with StubHub, designating the company as the official ticket resale marketplace of the Los Angeles Angels. The agreement enables StubHub to offer Angels fans a fully integrated ticketing solution and provide a seamless user experience. “Our commitment to our fans is providing...
Via Halo Headquarters
19 hours ago

Good news, everyone: Nick Tropeano is officially throwing again

NiTro is the latest 2016 UCL casualty to hit the road to recovery. That’s great news, but it also highlights the importance of Garrett Richards’ stem cell therapy option. Nick Tropeano had a pretty good weekend. Well, that’s my assumption, anyway. I’ve got no special knowlege or inside info, either; don’t know what he did, who was with, etc. I know of just one solitary...
Via Halos Heaven
2 days ago

Former OU Pitcher Garrett Richards Likely Angels’ Opening Day Starter

Opening day in Major League Baseball is just a couple of weeks away, and former Oklahoma star Garrett Richards is scheduled to start the season opener for the Los Angeles Angels. Richards, in his seventh season with the Angeles, who drafted the former Sooner pitcher in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft, is […] Former OU Pitcher Garrett Richards Likely Angels’ Opening Day...
Via Stormin in Normin
3 days ago

I Found a Statistic Where Mike Trout Is Bad

Mike Trout‘s the best. You didn’t need the reminder, but there you go. He’s the best that there is. He won’t always be the best that there is, and maybe even in this coming season someone will emerge to be better, but given what we know right now, it’s Trout, then it’s the others. Spring training is a time for universal optimism. It’s a time for seeing the best in developing...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Shoemaker pitching without fear since surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Matt Shoemaker pitched without fear Tuesday. The Los Angeles Angels right-hander retired the first 11 Kansas City hitters he faced before a double by Lorenzo Cain with two outs in the fourth inning. The Royals won 8-4. Shoemaker would have better reason than most to be nervous on the mound. In his final start last season, Sept. 4 in Seattle, a 105 mph line...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout leaves door open for possible World Baseball Classic in 2021

One of baseball’s best players has yet to wear the Team USA jersey in the World Baseball Classic, but he may be open to the idea the next time the international baseball tournament is held, in 2021. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels is not going all in on being included in the next tournament, but he seems to have dipped his toes in the pool of possibility.“If I get the opportunity...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols plays 1st game for Angels since foot surgery

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Albert Pujols played in his first game since foot surgery, going 0 for 2 with a walk in the Los Angeles Angels' spring training game against San Diego on Friday. Batting third as the designated hitter, Pujols grounded out to third base on a 1-0 pitch in his first at-bat. In the third inning, he drew a walk after fouling off a full-count pitch against starter...
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Yunel Escobar away from Angels camp to become US citizen

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Yunel Escobar was away from the Los Angeles Angels spring training camp on Friday to take his oath to become a U.S. citizen. The 34-year-old third baseman, who left Cuba more than a decade ago, passed his naturalization test last week in Miami. He was back in Florida on Friday for the ceremony. Escobar was 21 when he left Cuba in 2004. Escobar said last week...
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Angels and the Irrelevant Improbability

Every week, for the Effectively Wild podcast, we solicit listener emails and questions. The questions lean heavily toward the hypothetical and absurd, and an email we got last week asked what it would look like if some given eccentric baseball team owner cared only about winning the most games in spring training. What would the preparation be like? What would the strategy be like...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Huston Street questionable for Opening Day with lat strain

Huston Street’s season is not getting off to a good start.The Los Angeles Angels reliever left his spring training appearance on Friday after two batters with a triceps injury. He went for an MRI and was diagnosed with a strained lat. Street is in his fourth season with the Angels. He saved 81 games in his first two seasons with the team, but recorded just nine last season because...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

How to Defeat Mike Trout in the AL MVP Voting

So you want to win the MVP award, huh? I hope you play in the National League. There’s a bit more of an open field over there, at least. Sure, the NL feaures Kris Bryant and the only starting pitcher in the game who can seriously demand consideration for the award. But if you play in the American League, you have to deal with one Michael Nelson Trout, who is far and away the best...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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