June 16, 2013 |
When Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb was struck in his right ear by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on Saturday, he became the fifth pitcher since September to be hit in the head by a batted ball. Cobb was hospitalized overnight and will be out at least a week. And though Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen says every pitcher is aware of the risks when he takes the mound, that doesn't make the replays any easier to watch. "It makes you cringe," he said. "It's tough. " Jepsen is fortunate never to have been hit, but he says it's not hard to understand why it's happening so frequently.
July 15, 2012 |
NEW YORK - As the ninth inning dragged on Sunday and the Angels came perilously close to blowing a five-run lead, Torii Hunter stood in right field in Yankee Stadium wondering how his team would vanquish this pesky, powerful and persistent foe. "They're like vampires - you need a silver bullet or a wooden stake to drive through their heart," Hunter said of the New York Yankees, who lead the major leagues with 142 home runs. "They're out for blood in this park. No lead is safe here.
August 20, 2009 |
When Kevin Jepsen was experiencing severe lower-back spasms in late April and was struggling to get his fastball down in the zone, the reliever received a startling diagnosis from doctors: he had scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine. "Here I was, 24 years old, and someone tells me my spine is crooked," Jepsen said. "It was kind of weird. But it made sense as far as the back problems I've had over the years." The condition hasn't slowed the hard-throwing right-hander a bit. After a two-week stint on the disabled list, Jepsen, who had a 19.29 earned-run average in his first five appearances, was sent to triple A to iron out his mechanical problems and strengthen his back.
December 2, 2013 |
The Angels declined to extend 2014 contracts to pitchers Jerome Williams, Tommy Hanson and Juan Gutierrez and third baseman Chris Nelson on Monday, moves that trim almost $10 million from next season's payroll and give the team more flexibility to pursue higher quality starting pitchers via trade or free agency. First baseman Mark Trumbo, third baseman David Freese and relievers Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Jepsen and Fernando Salas were tendered 2014 contracts. Combining the average annual values of contracts, performance bonuses and benefits for players on the 40-man roster, the Angels have about $174 million committed for 2014, leaving them about $15 million of wiggle room under the $189-million luxury tax threshold.
January 15, 2013 |
The Angels avoided arbitration with pitcher Jerome Williams on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with the right-hander on a $2-million contract for 2013. Four other Angels -- pitchers Jason Vargas, Tommy Hanson and Kevin Jepsen and third baseman Alberto Callaspo -- filed for salary arbitration Tuesday and are set to exchange figures Friday. If the team and players can't come to terms, arbitration hearings are scheduled from Feb. 4-20. Williams, 31, went 6-8 with a 4.58 earned-run average in 32 games, 15 starts, last season, striking out 98 and walking 35 in 137 2/3 innings.
May 26, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Billy Buckner discovered just how tough the baseball business is on Sunday when the Angels right-hander was designated for assignment one day after throwing five shutout innings in a 7-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. “I understand it,” said Buckner, the 21st pitcher, and 10th starter, the Angels have used this season. “They have a lot of guys coming off the disabled list. Someone has to go.” More will follow. Buckner was replaced on the roster Sunday by reliever Kevin Jepsen, who was activated after missing six weeks because of a strained shoulder.
August 5, 2013 |
Pitcher C.J. Wilson had harsh words for the 13 players suspended in the wake of the Biogenesis investigation on Monday, especially New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez , who got the stiffest penalty. "It's good for the game that they're finally getting him on something," Wilson, the Angels' union representative, said of Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension. "This latest chapter just gives further fuel to the fire that he's made bad decisions. " Wilson, who will pitch next week in Yankee Stadium - and against Rodriguez, assuming his appeal has not been resolved - then alluded to a recent Sports Illustrated article in which Rodriguez told the magazine he "wants to be a role model.
March 13, 2011 |
Seattle 2, Angels 0Angels 6, Cincinnati 3 AT THE PLATE: Efren Navarro went two for four with two runs batted in, lifting his spring average to .438 in the win over the Reds. Jeremy Moore also had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs. ON THE MOUND: Jordan Walden, Michael Kohn, Trevor Bell and Jason Bulger each pitched a scoreless inning of relief against the Mariners with Walden and Bulger striking out two apiece. Against the Reds, Kevin Jepsen gave up a run on two hits in his only inning.
March 21, 2011 |
Chicago Cubs 7, Angels 4 (rained out in fourth inning) AT THE PLATE: Manager Mike Scioscia, not wanting to risk injuries on a soggy field, pulled every starter except Hank Conger by the third inning. Bobby Abreu doubled, and Torii Hunter hit a two-run single in the first. Mark Trumbo returned after missing four games because of right groin tightness and singled in his only at-bat. ON THE MOUND: Reliever Francisco Rodriguez started and gave up a walk, a single and Carlos Pena's three-run home run in the first.