March 22, 2012 |
Tempe, Ariz. -- Most established position players use spring training to get into "baseball shape," to find their timing and rhythm at the plate, while putting very little emphasis on results. Which is why Angels veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, a 38-year-old entering his 16th big-league season, is not concerned about the .115 average (three for 26) he took into Thursday's exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals. "I just want to feel good with my swing, with my legs, with my body, and to make good contact," Abreu said.
March 22, 2012 |
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — The two singles in three at-bats —- an opposite-field grounder through the right side and a line drive to center — were nice, but the real highlight of Kendrys Morales' first major league action in almost two years came on the basepaths. Morales was on first in the second inning of Thursday's 7-4 exhibition victory over the Kansas City Royals when Bobby Abreu flared a double down the left-field line. Morales — who hasn't played since he broke his left ankle while jumping onto home plate in celebration of a walk-off home run May 29, 2010, and had two operations since then — didn't hesitate as he rounded second, and he made it safely to third with a hard slide into the bag. Although he didn't draw comparison to speedster Peter Bourjos , Morales did fuel hope that he might be able to return this season and join Albert Pujols in the middle of what could be the most prolific lineup in franchise history.
March 5, 2012 |
Both of the Angels' big-ticket winter items will be in the lineup at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Monday when the Angels open Cactus League play against the Oakland Athletics at noon PST. Albert Pujols, who signed a 10-year, $240-million deal, will start at first base and bat third, and left-handerC.J. Wilson, who signed a five-year, $77.5-million deal, will be on the mound for a scheduled two-inning start. Bobby Abreu, who asked Manager Mike Scioscia to play five or six games a week in hopes of showing the Angels he was worthy of a full-time role or showcasing himself for a trade, was in the lineup as the designated hitter.
February 27, 2012 |
Bobby Abreu, perhaps placated by assurances he would receive significant playing time this season, seemed to back off his play-me-or-trade-me demand a bit after meeting with Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Jerry Dipoto before the team's first full-squad workout Monday . "They said they would find a way to get me about 400 at-bats as a designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder," said Abreu, who turns 38...
February 22, 2012 |
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia says he does not believe that Bobby Abreu will be a distraction in training camp after the veteran outfielder told an ESPNdeportes.com reporter that he would prefer to be traded if he doesn't have an everyday role. "You don't get too many guys any more professional than Bobby, so I don't anticipate that being an issue," Scioscia said before Wednesday's workout, a day after Abreu made his comment. "I think if there are some issues, I'm sure that his agent will work through them with Jerry [Dipoto, Angels general manager]
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February 21, 2012 |
Tempe, Ariz.-- Bobby Abreu hasn't arrived at Angels camp, but the veteran outfielder has already caused a stir, telling a reporter from ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com on Tuesday that he would prefer to be traded if he isn't playing every day. "I'm an everyday player, I can still be in the lineup for a major league team," Abreu, who will be 38 in March, said by phone from Venezuela. "I will not be on the bench knowing that I can play. If the Angels don't have a position for me, then the best thing is to trade me. " The problem is the Angels can't guarantee Abreu a starting job this early in camp, and they would prefer to hold onto Abreu as insurance in case Kendrys Morales doesn't return from a broken left ankle and Mark Trumbo is slow to return from a stress fracture in his right foot.
February 21, 2012 |
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — Bobby Abreu hasn't arrived at Angels camp, but the veteran outfielder already has caused a stir, telling a reporter from ESPNdeportes.com Tuesday that he would prefer to be traded if he isn't playing every day. "I'm an everyday player; I can still be in the lineup for a major league team," Abreu said by phone from Venezuela. "I will not be on the bench knowing that I can play. If the Angels don't have a position for me, then the best thing is to trade me. " The problem is that the Angels can't guarantee Abreu a starting job this early in camp, and they would prefer to keep him as insurance in case Kendrys Morales doesn't return from a broken left ankle and Mark Trumbo is slow to return from a stress fracture in his right foot.
September 4, 2011 |
The kids have been more than all right for the Angels this season. Without the significant contributions of first baseman Mark Trumbo, 25, center fielder Peter Bourjos, 24, and closer Jordan Walden, 23, the Angels would not be in a race for the division title. But Sunday, the old guys ruled. Joel Pineiro, the 32-year-old right-hander who was demoted to the bullpen in early August, gave up one run and five hits in seven innings to lead the Angels to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
August 20, 2011 |
This was a curious battle of the bullpens, one to see which could suffer the more galling implosion. Angels reliever Bobby Cassevah opened the door for Baltimore in the eighth inning Saturday and Jordan Walden couldn't close it. The Angels' Hisanori Takahashi put two runners on base in the 12th inning and Fernando Rodney allowed both to come home. Still, none of those shortcomings could match the 12th-inning meltdown of Baltimore's Kevin Gregg. The Orioles closer failed to retire any of the five batters he faced, allowing the Angels to mount an improbable three-run rally during a 9-8 victory at Angel Stadium.
August 19, 2011 |
There was heavy action Friday in the principal's office, where struggling outfielders Vernon Wells and Bobby Abreu were summoned for lengthy individual closed-door meetings with Manager Mike Scioscia and hitting coach Mickey Hatcher . Change was in the air, precipitated by the return of 20-year-old outfielder Mike Trout , who was called up from double-A Arkansas on Friday and will push Wells and Abreu into more part-time roles....