April 28, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Pitching in games wasn't so much the problem for reliever Sean Burnett, who had a 1.04 earned-run average in 11 appearances before being put on the 15-day disabled list because of forearm irritation Sunday. It was the discomfort Burnett felt between appearances, preventing him from pitching on consecutive days, that sent the veteran left-hander to the sidelines for at least two weeks. "Pitching-wise, I feel better than I have all year," said Burnett, who had surgery to remove two bone spurs from his elbow in October.
April 24, 2013 |
The Angels' training room is so crowded the team sent shortstop Erick Aybar and relievers Kevin Jepsen and Ryan Madson to its extended spring-training facility in Arizona on Wednesday to continue rehabbing the injuries that put them on the disabled list. The Angels have seven players on the DL and several active players, including Albert Pujols , who require daily treatment for nagging injuries. That has taxed the medical staff so much that the team decided some players might benefit from more focused attention in minor league camp.
April 19, 2013 |
It was a high-wire act for Angels starter Tommy Hanson and two relievers Friday night, but the defense provided a nice safety net, and the offense provided a rare cushion in an 8-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium. Detroit had 16 baserunners, and loaded the bases with one out in the seventh inning when it trailed only 2-0. But the powerful Tigers, who were shut out in Seattle on Thursday, didn't score until the ninth, after the Angels broke open the game with five eighth-inning runs.
April 16, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Maybe it was a desert mirage, that 2.37 earned-run average in four spring starts, the 13 strikeouts and no walks in 19 innings, but somewhere between Arizona and the regular season, Joe Blanton lost his pinpoint command and ability to put hitters away. The Angels right-hander was pounded again Monday night, allowing four runs and nine hits - including two home runs - in 42/3 innings of an 8-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins in Target Field. Solo homers by Peter Bourjos in the first inning and Brendan Harris in the third provided hope for the Angels on a chilly 38-degree night, but the offense went into a deep freeze and went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, dropping them to a major league-worst .129 (12 for 93)
April 14, 2013 |
Albert Pujols was supposed to start Sunday's game at first base, but shortly after the lineup was posted Angels Manager Mike Scioscia changed plans, taking Pujols out of the field and using him as the designated hitter for the fifth time in 12 games. Scioscia explained the switch by saying that Josh Hamilton, the original DH, wanted to continue familiarizing himself with right field at Angel Stadium. But it's clear that Pujols' surgically repaired right knee and the plantar fasciitis in his left foot are bothering him. "He's battling some stuff that he's had before," Scioscia said of Pujols, who played with plantar fasciitis for parts of 2004, 2005 and 2006.
April 13, 2013 |
The Angels came out of spring training with what they thought was a pretty stable roster. But as with so many things involving the Angels this season, reality has fallen far short of expectations. So Saturday the Angels made five transactions, finishing a five-day blitz that included them making nine personnel moves - two of which involved outfielder J.B. Shuck , who was optioned to the minors Friday afternoon then recalled the following morning. And that doesn't even include Saturday's signing of former major leaguer Kip Wells to a minor league contract.
April 12, 2013 |
Angels owner Arte Moreno was not thrilled with Houston's move to the American League West because the Astros are two time zones away, they're not a natural rival, and they probably won't be much of a draw at the gate. Moreno's players, coaches and manager probably don't share those sentiments. The Astros will play their first division game in Angel Stadium on Friday night, and the guys in the home dugout, though they'd never admit it publicly, will be ecstatic. Finally, a team the Angels can compete with.
April 10, 2013 |
Erick Aybar appears headed to the disabled list because of a bruised left heel the shortstop said "hurt a lot more" Wednesday than it did Tuesday night, when his heel hit the front of the bag as he lunged to beat out an infield single. "Today, it's more sore," Aybar, who was awaiting results of an MRI test and X-rays Wednesday night, said through an interpreter. "I'm not sure if anything is broken. I just know it hurts right now. I'm pretty worried. I want to play and help the team win. I don't like to miss games.
April 5, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Kevin Jepsen was the Angels' top right-handed setup man in the second half of 2012, going 3-1 with a 1.67 earned-run average in 40 games from July 5 on, and he looked dominant in his first two games of 2013, striking out four in 1 2/3 scoreless innings of the season-opening series at Cincinnati. Jepsen looked sharp again Friday against Texas, replacing starter Jason Vargas with two out and a runner on third and getting Ian Kinsler to fly to center, preserving a 2-1 lead.
March 28, 2013
Angels 6, Texas 3 AT THE PLATE: Luis Rodriguez hit a run-scoring double in the third inning, and Kaleb Cowart hit a two-run triple in the sixth. The Angels, who finished Cactus League play with a 9-18-4 record, lead the major leagues with 20 triples this spring, and they rank second in scoring with 201 runs. ON THE MOUND: A brutal spring for the bullpen ended on a high note when closer Ernesto Frieri retired the side in order in the ninth. Kevin Jepsen escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh, and Sean Burnett gave up a run and three hits in the eighth.