September 16, 2013 |
OAKLAND - Tommy Hanson returned to the Angels Monday after a humbling one-month stint at triple-A Salt Lake, where the right-hander “simplified” his delivery but hardly solidified his future with the team. “The one game he came back from the disabled list, his stuff was eye-opening, and he hasn't repeated it,” Manager Mike Scioscia said, referring to Hanson's 5 1/3-inning, one-run, four-hit, eight-strikeout effort against Minnesota on July 23, when his fastball hit 94 mph. “So to say he's fixed everything?
September 8, 2013 |
Manager Mike Scioscia loves the youthful exuberance that players such as third baseman Luis Jimenez and outfielder Collin Cowgill have brought to the injury-battered Angels, who have won 12 of 15 games entering Sunday's series finale against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim. But both players probably went a little overboard in their attempts to score while Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski was blocking the plate in Saturday night's 8-3 win over the Rangers. Cowgill, waved around third on Jimenez's second-inning double to left field, was tagged out after he slid past home and tried to reach back and touch the plate with his left hand.
September 5, 2013 |
After a lengthy closed-door meeting with pitchers Jered Weaver, Jason Vargas and Garrett Richards before batting practice Thursday, Manager Mike Scioscia said he will not scale back the workload of the Angels starters in the final three weeks of the season. Richards has thrown 115 1/3 innings, considerably less than the 148 combined innings he threw for triple-A Salt Lake and the Angels last season, but he was moved from the bullpen to the rotation twice this season, which can be physically and mentally taxing.
September 3, 2013 |
Kole Calhoun made sure to procure a lineup card from the three-game weekend series in Milwaukee, not because he went five for 10 with a home run and four runs batted in for the Angels, but for the lineup spot he produced those numbers in: cleanup. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Calhoun didn't even join the Angels until July 28. He was expected to make the team as a reserve outfielder/first baseman but hit so poorly in spring training (.174) that he opened the season at triple-A Salt Lake, where an early April wrist injury sidelined him for six weeks.
August 31, 2013 |
Before Arte Moreno resolves the cold war between Jerry Dipoto and Mike Scioscia, the Angels' owner ought to invite Mike Trout to lunch. Trout could be the first player to wear an Angels cap in Cooperstown, if he sticks around. He could have won the most valuable player award in each of his first two seasons, if not for the Angels' futility. By the time the Angels replenish enough pitching to reclaim their status as a perennial contender - and this is a best-case scenario - Trout will be on the verge of free agency.
July 21, 2013 |
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia couldn't have summed up Garrett Richards' potential any better Sunday when he said of the right-hander, "There are some things that could make him a good major league starter, and some things that could make him a good major league closer. " Richards, 25, has the stuff - a 95-mph fastball, slider, curve and changeup - to do both, but he is nowhere close to either, his limited role pushing the once-prized prospect into a state of limbo. Richards opened the season as a key late-inning reliever, but Jered Weaver's broken left elbow forced Richards into the rotation for four starts April 13-30 in which he was 1-2 with a 5.54 earned-run average.