ANGELS RUMORS & GOSSIP

C.J. Cron Ready to Seize Starting Job.

Losing a player to injury, especially someone who was due for a starting role, is never a good thing. It’s always important to look for the silver lining in any situation like that, so when the Angels lost Luis Valbuena for four to six weeks, it was time to look for the silver lining. Luckily for the Halos, the silver lining was not hard to find. C.J. Cron, a breakout candidate...
Via Halo Headquarters
2 hours ago

Predicting the Angels Opening Day Lineup.

After it was announced that Luis Valbuena was going to miss at least four to six weeks today due to a hamstring injury, the Angels’ opening day lineup became a lot more easy to predict. C.J. Cron will get the start over Valbuena at first base, now, and after a strong Spring Cron will get the opportunity to prove it wasn’t a fluke and that he’s ready to take that next step in...
Via Halo Headquarters
16 hours ago

Injury to Valbuena could open door for Marte

With Luis Valbuena expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a hamstring strain, Jefry Marte stands a better chance of cracking the Angels' 25-man Opening Day roster.
Via Angels.com
17 hours ago

Cron continues strong spring for Halos

Ryan Schimpf hit a home run, and Luis Perdomo allowed two runs in five innings against the Angels on Wednesday. Ricky Nolasco allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings and C.J. Cron had an RBI single for the Halos.
Via Angels.com
18 hours ago

Report: Albert Pujols to solely DH this season

According to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia has “no plans to play Albert Pujols at first base this spring, and that it will stay that way indefinitely.”The 10-time All-Star was questioned on whether he would be ready for Opening Day. He had surgery in December to relieve pain in his right plantar fasciitis which has bothered...
Via Sportsnaut
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Luis Valbuena Sidelined At Least One Month

Bad news for Angels fans as infielder Luis Valbuena will be sidelined four to six weeks. According to Maria Guardado, Valbuena has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. Valbuena left Thursday’s game against the Rangers after three innings with hamstring tightness. The Angels are hopeful that the injury would be minor, but the MRI revealed significant damage. Angels...
Via Halo Headquarters
19 hours ago

Valbuena sidelined with hamstring strain

Infielder Luis Valbuena has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain and is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks, the Angels announced Thursday.
Via Angels.com
20 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
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
7 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
9 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
9 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
13 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
13 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
17 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
19 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
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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