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July 24, 2012
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday night that examinations of injured shortstop Erick Aybar (right big toe) and relief pitcher Jordan Walden (strained right biceps) by team doctor Lewis Yocum were promising. Walden, out since July 8 with a weakened pitching arm that was related to an  issue with a nerve in his neck, will undergo a strength test Friday.  If the results are satisfactory, he can begin pitching from a mound  in anticipation of being activated from the disabled list.
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September 6, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Tommy Hanson - remember him? - struggled in four regular-season starts for triple-A Salt Lake after being demoted by the Angels on Aug. 12, going 0-2 with a 5.49 earned-run average, 15 strikeouts and six walks in 19 2/3 innings. But the 27-year-old right-hander pitched effectively in a Pacific Coast League playoff game Thursday night, allowing three earned runs and three hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking two in Salt Lake's 5-4 win over Las Vegas. “He felt good with a lot of things,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Hanson, whose fastball sat in the 90-mph range.
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November 30, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have acquired starting pitcher Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Jordan Walden, according to a person familiar with the trade but unauthorized to speak publicly about it. Hanson, a 26-year-old right-hander from Redlands East Valley High School, had a 45-32 career record and 3.61 earned-run average in four seasons with the Braves and went 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA, 161 strikeouts and 71 walks in 174 2/3 innings in 2012....
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August 14, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK -- It was a day filled with more hope than promise. When pitchers Joe Blanton, Tommy Hanson, Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett were introduced together at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim on Dec. 12, the numbers on their new Angels jerseys could have been replaced by question marks. They all had issues, with injuries or declining performance, but if they could remain physically sound and deliver their typical seasons, they would add much-needed depth to the Angels' rotation and bullpen.
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November 30, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels added some much-needed rotation depth Friday, acquiring right-hander Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Jordan Walden, a trade General Manager Jerry Dipoto believes will "help both teams. " How much it helps the Angels will hinge on how well Hanson, 26, rebounds from a subpar 2012 in which his earned-run average (4.48) went up and the average velocity of his fastball (89.7 mph) went down for a third straight season. "I was more worried about staying healthy and felt a little tired down the stretch after the All-Star break," said Hanson, who was slowed by a rotator-cuff tear and a back injury in 2011.
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April 14, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - Saturday was another moving day in the Angels bullpen, with struggling right-hander Rich Thompson designated for assignment, left-hander Brad Mills called up from triple-A Salt Lake and setup man Scott Downs taking significant strides in his return from a bruised right ankle. Closer Jordan Walden, meanwhile, is looking for work. Entering Saturday's game against the New York Yankees, the eighth of the season, Walden still hasn't entered a game in a save situation. The right-hander has thrown only one inning, in a 7-3 loss to Kansas City on Sunday, and is eager to dust off the cobwebs.
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April 14, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - There was a flurry of activity in the Angels bullpen Saturday, with Rich Thompson getting designated for assignment, Brad Mills getting called up from triple A before the game and sent back to Salt Lake afterward, and setup man Scott Downs taking significant strides in his return from a bruised right ankle. Closer Jordan Walden , meanwhile, is looking for meaningful work. Through eight games, Walden still hasn't entered in a save situation, throwing one inning at the end of a lopsided loss to Kansas City last Sunday and another in Saturday's 7-1 win over the New York Yankees.
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April 29, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND — When Jordan Walden lost his closer job after giving up a walk-off home run to Tampa Bay's Brandon Allen on Thursday, he was not demoted to a seventh- or eighth-inning role. The right-hander whose 98-mph fastball earned him a trip to the All-Star game last season has been reduced, at least temporarily, to a mop-up guy until he can start throwing his slider for a strike. "Our preference is to get him into a low-profile inning and let him work on some stuff," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
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June 17, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from New York It was Jordan Walden's first game in New York, and the Angels rookie closer admitted he had the jitters. That was apparent when he walked Mets leadoff batter Jose Reyes on five pitches to lead off the bottom of the ninth. "I knew Reyes wasn't going to swing," said Walden, who was summoned to protect a one-run lead, "and I still couldn't throw it down the middle. " Reyes stole second, and Justin Turner drew an eight-pitch walk to put two on with no outs and the heart of the order coming up. In right field, Torii Hunter could feel the moment.
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July 20, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's hard to imagine where the Angels would be without closer Jordan Walden , who began Wednesday with a 2.77 earned-run average and 21 saves, and setup man Scott Downs , who was 5-2 with a 1.45 ERA. "What Downs and Walden have done has been a season-saver up to this point," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We wouldn't be talking about getting into a pennant race if it wasn't for those guys. " They might be talking about sliding out of a pennant race if the rest of the bullpen doesn't shape up. The Angels expected Fernando Rodney , Kevin Jepsen and Michael Kohn to be key relievers, but Rodney (upper back strain)
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May 31, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
You read the paper some mornings and shake your head. It happened Friday with the Page C4 headline on the Angels notebook titled “Trout will move back to left when Peter Bourjos returns.” Forget C4, Mike Scioscia needs a shot of B-12. Scioscia has been a fine big-league manager for years, but he has what I call a “Moon River” stubborn streak: It's wider than a mile. Scioscia fell in love with catcher Jeff Mathis and let Mike Napoli walk and ticked off closer Fernando Rodney in favor of Jordan Walden.
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May 17, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
As if the pitching-thin Angels need another reminder of what might have been, there it is, on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey, the one who got away. The Angels picked Harvey in the third round in 2007 knowing it would take first-round money to sign him out of high school, but when owner Arte Moreno authorized an offer of only $1 million - half of what Harvey wanted - the right-hander went to the University of North Carolina. Harvey signed for $2.6 million with the Mets in 2010 and, armed with a 97-mph fastball and devastating curve, has emerged as a Cy Young Award candidate this season, going 5-0 with a 1.55 earned-run average in his first nine starts.
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April 20, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Remember those pitching-rich but offensively impaired Angels teams from last decade that were presumably "one big bat" away from being World Series-caliber? Up until this weekend, they were looking pretty good, weren't they? Those teams made the playoffs five times from 2004-2009. This year's club is loaded with big bats, including four -- Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo -- who hit 30 homers or more in 2012. Yet, even after a two-game, 18-run, 30-hit explosion against Detroit, these Angels might be farther away from playoff contention than any of those limp-lumbered lineups of yore.
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April 13, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Worst week ever The Angels lost ace Jered Weaver, shortstop Erick Aybar and third baseman Alberto Callaspo to injury last week, bad news for any team but worse for this one, top-heavy with stars and hardly any depth. The Angels have started 2-8 once before - as an expansion team. They might have had a backup shortstop in Jean Segura, but they included him in last year's trade for pitcher Zack Greinke. Segura leads the National League with a .429 batting average, through Friday.
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March 20, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels took no chances with pitcher Tommy Hanson Wednesday, removing the right-hander after three innings of a 6-5 exhibition win over the Cleveland Indians because of tightness in his triceps, an injury Hanson says is not serious. "I have no concerns, zero; I know 100% that I'm fine," said Hanson, who was slowed by shoulder and lower-back injuries the last two seasons. "They just wanted to take the safe route. " Hanson, acquired from Atlanta for reliever Jordan Walden last winter, gave up two runs and three hits, struck out four and walked one. His fastball was clocked at 89 to 91 mph, and he looked strong, striking out Nick Swisher to end the third.
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March 20, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson left Wednesday's exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians after three innings because of triceps tightness, an injury that flared up as the right-hander was throwing his warm-up pitches before the fourth inning. Hanson, acquired from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Jordan Walden in the off-season, gave up two runs and three hits in three innings, struck out four and walked one, and his fastball was clocked between 89-91 mph. He looked strong while striking out Nick Swisher to end the third inning.
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July 25, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Cleveland — Dan Haren has never been a closer. But he's pitched in the major leagues for nine seasons and he's suffered through his share of tough losses. So he knew exactly how Jordan Walden felt Monday night when the rookie reliever gave up two ninth-inning runs, allowing the Cleveland Indians to rally to a 3-2 win over the Angels. "It hurts. It's tough," Haren said. "But that's baseball. When you're on top, it'll humble you right away. I've seen that myself personally.
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June 26, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
The Angels called on a flame-thrower to close Sunday's game at Dodger Stadium. But Jordan Walden's blistering pitches — one clocked at 100 mph — kept coming out of his right hand the wrong way, making them stray from the strike zone. Walden walked his first two batters in the ninth inning and struggled from then on as the Dodgers scored two runs to win, 3-2. "I don't know where it was going," Walden (1-2) said of his fastball after his fifth blown save — and second straight — in 22 opportunities.
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December 7, 2012 | Mike DiGiovanna
Jerry Dipoto will never say never, because an opportunity might arise or Angels owner Arte Moreno might hand him the equivalent of a blank check to pursue a player like he did with Albert Pujols last winter. But based on the general manager's actions over the past 10 days and his comments as he left the winter meetings Thursday, it is clear that pitcher Zack Greinke will not be returning to Anaheim. "We're prepared to move on from Zack," Dipoto said. "Sometimes the smartest thing you can do is make practical decisions.
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December 6, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NASHVILLE - Jerry Dipoto will never say never, because you never know when an opportunity might arise or when Angels Owner Arte Moreno might hand him the equivalent of a blank check to pursue a player, as he did with Albert Pujols last winter. But based on the general manager's actions over the past 10 days and his comments as he left the winter meetings Thursday, it is very clear that Zack Greinke, the star pitcher who was thought to be the team's top target this winter, will not be returning to Anaheim.
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