July 10, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas, who represent two-thirds of the Angels rotation, both took significant steps in their return from injury this week. Hanson, on the disabled list since June 26 because of a forearm strain, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session in Wrigley Field on Wednesday that left pitching coach Mike Butcher very encouraged about the right-hander. “There was no hesitation of turning anything loose,” Butcher said. “The ball came out nicely. He threw some good sliders, changeups and breaking balls.
June 26, 2013 |
The Angels say they're not sure what, if anything, is wrong with right-hander Jered Weaver, who has lost his last three starts to fall to 1-4. But pitching coach Mike Butcher says Weaver's role as the staff ace remains unchanged -- and with that comes added responsibilities. "Jered is an elite pitcher and the expectations are what not only does he put on himself but we expect a lot out of him as well," Butcher said of Weaver, who is scheduled to start Thursday against the Tigers in Detroit.
June 20, 2013 |
Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson will start the series finale against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. The Angels hope the Mariners don't turn the game into a track meet. Opponents have been successful on 14 of 15 stolen-base attempts in the 45 2/3 innings Hanson has pitched, which is hardly a surprise. Because of a pause in his motion when he cocks his arm behind his head, Hanson has difficulty holding runners on, often leaving catchers little or no chance to throw them out. “As long as I can remember, it's been hard for me to hold runners effectively and make a pitch,” said Hanson, who is 4-2 with a 3.94 earned run average in eight starts in a season that has been interrupted by stints on the bereavement and restricted lists.
April 17, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Mike Butcher is aware of the chatter. The pitching coach knows there are legions of fans who look at the Angels' major league-worst 5.43 earned-run average and think he should be fired. He also knows people above him in the organization might feel the same way. After hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was fired last May in the wake of the team's sluggish start, who's to say the Angels wouldn't make a similar move with Butcher if the pitchers continue to struggle? "It doesn't bother me, not at all," said Butcher, when asked before Wednesday's rainout whether Hatcher's dismissal, the first off Manager Mike Scioscia's coaching staff in 13 years, made him feel less secure about his job. "It's not going to make me do my job any different or make me feel any different.
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 9, 2013 |
Jered Weaver jogged out of the dugout, serenaded with applause from every corner of the stadium. This was a happy time, or at least it was supposed to be. Weaver dared not extend a handshake to a teammate, or a fist pump to the fans. He held his left arm gingerly, at a right angle. For these few brief moments, as the Angels introduced their players one by one before Tuesday's home opener, Weaver had removed the blue sling that protected his broken elbow. PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from opening day at Angel Stadium Pomp and circumstance had been replaced by whispers and apprehension.