February 29, 2012 |
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — A CT scan showed the stress fracture in Mark Trumbo's right foot has healed enough for him to resume full baseball activities, a development that will accelerate the Angels slugger's transition from first base to third. Trumbo, who hit .254 with a team-leading 29 home runs and 87 runs batted in last season, had been confined to batting practice and grounders hit at him. Wednesday, he began a running program and started taking grounders hit to each side.
January 18, 2012 |
Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers appear far apart on a contract for the coming season, with the National League Cy Young Award winner asking for $10 million and the team offering $6.5 million. The Dodgers avoided salary arbitration with two other players Tuesday, signing outfielder Andre Ethier for $10.95 million and first baseman James Loney for $6.375 million. The Angels also avoided arbitration with shortstop Erick Aybar, signing him for $5.075 million. General Manager Jerry Dipoto said he would continue to discuss a long-term contract with Aybar.
December 5, 2011 |
Reporting from Dallas — For a team on a tight budget, the Dodgers were surprisingly active at the first day of baseball's winter meetings, signing utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. and working toward a deal with starting pitcher Aaron Harang. The Dodgers were able to fit Hairston into their payroll by persuading him to do what Mark Ellis and Chris Capuano did this off-season: take less money for the upcoming year in exchange for an inflated payday the following season. Of the $6 million Hairston is guaranteed over the next two years, he will receive $2.25 million in 2012 and $3.75 million in 2013.
October 26, 2011 |
Reporting from St. Louis — The Texas Rangers' clubhouse took Wednesday's postponement in stride, insisting Major League Baseball's decision to push Game 6 of the World Series back a day won't disrupt the team's momentum. "It's just a rainout. We have a ton of experience dealing with these things," infielder Michael Young said. "We're not going to sit in our hotel rooms biting our nails all night. There's nothing you can do about the weather. It's really not a big deal. " For second baseman Ian Kinsler , Texas' being one win away from its first World Series title makes the delay slightly more nerve-racking.
September 13, 2011 |
He had received the call he was waiting for. Now we were getting ours. "Mom, Dad, I'm going to Miami tomorrow. They called me up. " It was Labor Day, and on the line was our 22-year-old son, Matt, who had just been told that his lifelong dream would be realized. The Florida Marlins were promoting him to the major leagues as part of the team's September roster expansion. The next day, for the first time, he would be dressing in a major league uniform for a regular-season game.
August 13, 2011 |
With his recovery from a strained left hip having stalled, Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe is expected to visit a Los Angeles specialist Monday or Tuesday to determine whether he might be suffering from a more debilitating injury. Two possibilities are a sports hernia or a strained abdominal muscle, Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said, though two previous MRIs did not reveal any strain. "At some point, you need an explanation," Conte said. "We think he should be ready [to play]
June 29, 2011 |
David Eckstein is not playing baseball, but the scrappy 36-year-old infielder who helped the Angels win the 2002 World Series and won World Series most-valuable-player honors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 has not officially retired. Nor has the game retired him, like it has so many veterans who simply fade away. Eckstein, who played the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the San Diego Padres, got an offer to sign with a club four weeks ago and turned it down. He said he received more offers — including major league deals — last winter than he ever has a free agent but has spent the last few months working for his wife, actress Ashley Drane , and not diving around infields and driving up pitch counts.
June 20, 2011 |
Alberto Callaspo , limited last week to two pinch-hit appearances because of a hamstring pull, Monday ran at 100% and Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said the third baseman will probably start Tuesday night. With Callaspo returning, the Angels recalled reliever Michael Kohn from triple-A Salt Lake and returned infielder Andrew Romine to Salt Lake, a move that boosted their pitching staff from 11 to 12 players. Kohn opened the season with the Angels but appeared in only five games, compiling a 4.91 earned-run average, before being sent to Salt Lake on April 10, a demotion that surprised the 24-year-old right-hander who was 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA in 24 games in 2010.
June 11, 2011 |
Bill Hall was home in Arizona playing video games with his cousin when his agent called to tell him Freddy Sanchez was injured and the San Francisco Giants might need an infielder. A little over 12 hours later, Hall was in San Francisco having signed a deal with the Giants. One week after being released by last-place Houston, Hall is now in first place in the NL West with the defending World Series champions. "I felt like this was a good option," Hall said Saturday.
June 1, 2011 |
Reporting from Kansas City, Mo. — They've been called baseball's jockey infield, which seems appropriate since first baseman Mark Trumbo is the only Angels infield regular taller than 5 feet 9. But it seems appropriate in another way, too, since the diminutive trio of Alberto Callaspo , Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis is usually wielding the whip that makes the Angels' often-dysfunctional offense go. In Wednesday's shutout loss...