March 25, 2014 |
MESA, Ariz. - It wasn't quite a stump speech for a David Freese Gold Glove Award campaign, but it was a ringing endorsement in the eyes of the Angels' new third baseman. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia stopped short of saying he would pull Freese for defensive purposes, at least to start the season. “We're not there yet,” Scioscia said. “We'll see where we are next week, but David is going to play third base for us, and we anticipate him playing it well.” Freese, acquired from St. Louis for Peter Bourjos in November, appreciates the support.
March 17, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It had been a calf injury that delayed Josh Hamilton's Cactus League debut until Monday. He singled for his first hit, then took off for second base. For the Angels, that was as good a sign as any. The swing might not be there yet, but the legs are back. "It felt good," Hamilton said. "I did all the things you're supposed to be able to do on the field. " On Monday he did, since the Angels limited him to designated hitter in a game against the San Francisco Giants.
March 6, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels' Sean Burnett has not suffered a setback in his return from the elbow surgery that ended his season last August. The left- hander progressed from long-toss to throwing off the slope of a mound this week, and he expects to throw a bullpen session in the next four or five days, though Manager Mike Scioscia said the team's timetable is for Burnett to throw off a mound “within a week to 10 days.” Either...
March 3, 2014 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Angels put baseball's new instant-replay system or, to be more precise, a crude facsimile of what will be used in the regular season, to the test for the first time Monday at Salt River Fields. It did not go well, with Manager Mike Scioscia losing his challenge to overturn a call at second base in the second inning of the Angels' 3-2 exhibition victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The process delayed the game for 2 minutes 31 seconds. But in defense of Scioscia and Nick Francona , the coordinator of major league information who will man the video-replay monitor for the Angels this season, the decision to challenge was based on a replay from one camera.
March 3, 2014 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The first instant-replay challenge of the spring did not go well for the Angels and Manager Mike Scioscia at Salt River Fields on Monday. Angels third baseman Luis Jimenez was called out at second on a stolen-base attempt in the top of the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks. As Scioscia was arguing with umpire Bill Miller, bench coach Dino Ebel received word via walkie-talkie that the play should be challenged. Umpires huddled near the first-base dugout with headsets to communicate with a replay official in a television truck.
February 26, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels open the season March 31. Will Josh Hamilton be ready? We're optimistic he will be," Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday. Hamilton strained his left calf Tuesday. Scioscia confirmed the expected, that the left fielder would sit out "a minimum of a couple of weeks. " Hamilton had an MRI examination and the Angels have been told that the injury should heal on its own, ruling out the kind of severe strain that would require surgery. "This thing has to heal on its own terms," Scioscia said.