News: Pujols went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in a loss against the Nationals on Wednesday.
Impact: Pujols didn't feel the need to ease up after hitting his 499th and 500th home run Tuesday, and is looking more and more like the masher we once knew, as he has a .625 slugging percentage in 88 at-bats this season.
News: Trout went 2-for-4 with a walk, and RBI, and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to Washington.
Impact: The important thing in this one, was that Trout did not strike out, as he had struck out in eight consecutive games coming into this one. He's still hitting .315 despite the recent stretch of whiffs.
News: Smith worked around an error by Albert Pujols and struck out a batter en route to recording his fourth hold of the season Wednesday against the Nationals.
Impact: Meanwhile, closer Ernesto Frieri was pummeled yet again, allowing four runs (including a home run) on three hits in just one-third of an inning to pick up the loss. Manager Mike Scioscia told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com after the game that he is "sticking with Frieri as his closer," but one has to wonder how much longer he can allow this to go on, as Frieri has a 9.35 ERA this season, and has allowed five home runs in 10 appearances. Frieri is almost certainly hanging on by the thinnest of threads, which means Smith, who has pitched scoreless innings in nine of his 10 appearances this season, could be in line to inherit the role pretty soon.
News: Frieri will remain the Angels' closer according to manager Mike Scioscia, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Frieri blew his second save of the season Wednesday, and has struggled mightily during the month of April. Most closers who cash in this type of performance would be removed from the role by now, but Scioscia appears to be maintaining his confidence in the veteran. One more outing like this however, and Scioscia may be left with no choice but to turn to the likes of Joe Smith.
News: Weaver was saddled with a no-decision Wednesday as he gave up just one earned run on seven hits over six innings.
Impact: He walked one and struck out just two, but more importantly lowered his gargantuan ERA to 4.11. He'll look to keep the positive momentum rolling in his next start against Cleveland at home.
News: Frieri blew his second save of the season Wednesday, allowing four runs (including a home run) on three hits in just 0.1 innings pitched.
Impact: Manager Mike Scioscia yanked Frieri from the game after a Jayson Werth two-run double tied the game at four, but it was too late, as an Adam LaRoche single off Fernado Salas gave the Nationals the walk-off win. Frieri has been absolutely awful this season, as he has now allowed five home runs in 8.2 innings pitched. Owners in need of saves might do well to add Joe Smith on a speculative basis, as it seems pretty likely Frieri has thrown his last pitch as the Angels' closerat least for the time being.
News: De La Rosa (shoulder) will throw a simulated game Thursday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Right shoulder irritation forced De La Rosa onto the DL last week, but he made it through a bullpen session Tuesday and is now ready to face live hitters. De La Rosa was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake initially before the team ultimately decided to deactivate him, but it seems likely he'll be up to contribute to the major league team once healthy.
News: Burnett (elbow) will throw a simulated game Thursday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A setback in Burnett's recovery from elbow surgery earlier this month prevented the lefty from throwing off mound for close to two weeks, but he's ready for simulated action following a pair of bullpen sessions. He appears on track to return to the major league in the relatively near future.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Skaggs gave up two runs and three hits over seven innings in a 7-2 win over Washington on Tuesday night.
Impact: Skaggs (2-0, 3.21 ERA) gave up eight runs and 16 hits in his previous two starts.
News: Ibanez is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Angels don't have the luxury of a DH while in Washington and the Nats are starting a lefty in Gio Gonzalez, so Ibanez will sit for the second time in the series. Despite a .152 average for the season, the 41-year-old Ibanez has hit three homers and driven in 15.
News: Skaggs held the Nationals in check Tuesday, allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings to pick up his second win of the season.
Impact: Skaggs walked the tightrope on Tuesday, as he walked four, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch, but managed to limit the damage behind a two-homer night from Albert Pujols. Skaggs has kept his ERA at a solid 3.21 in the early going, but there are a decent amount of red flags surrounding the 22-year-old, who threw first pitch strikes to just 14 of 27 batters Tuesday. Nonetheless, he will look to continue his nice run of results Monday against the Indians.
News: On Tuesday night, Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols hit his 499th and 500th career home runs to become the 26th player in major league history with 500.
Impact: Pujols is the first player in the sport's history to hit home run numbers 499 and 500 in the same game.
News: Pujols homered twice Tuesday to become the 26th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs.
Impact: Pujols, who had five RBI, is the only player to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game. Pujols' hot start is quickly turning into a dominating performance, as he leads the major leagues with eight home runs this season.
News: Freese (quad) is back in the lineup against the Nationals on Tuesday.
Impact: Fresse sat out three of the last four games due to quad soreness, but will take the field Tuesday in an attempt to bust an early slump, which has seen him notch a miserable .387 OPS over his first 57 at-bats.
News: Aybar had three hits and drove in a run in a 4-2 win over Washington on Monday.
Impact: The Los Angeles Angels shortstop, now batting .209, was 4 for 30 (.133) in his previous eight games.
News: Ibanez delivered a tiebreaking three-run double as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and led the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-2 win in Washington on Monday.
Impact: Ibanez, batting .161, was 1 for 22 (.045) in his previous six games, but he leads the Angels with 15 RBIs.
News: Freese isn't in the Angels' lineup Monday in Washington, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Freese will remain on the bench for the third time in four games, and his sole appearance Sunday was uninspiring (0-for-3 with two strikeouts). His absence will keep Ian Stewart in the lineup at the hot corner, and with no DH in a National League city for the next three outings, Freese will be afforded additional rest to aid in the recovery of his sore right quadriceps.
News: Maronde is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Maronde is expected to take the place of Josh Wall, who was optioned following Sunday's game against the Tigers.
News: Frieri recorded an adventurous save Monday against the Nationals, as he allowed a solo home run and a walk, but struck out the side to nail down the victory.
Impact: Frieri put his strikeout prowess on display Monday, as he now has 11 in 8.1 innings pitched, but the home runs are a bit concerning, as he has now surrendered four in his first nine appearances.
News: De La Rosa (shoulder) is scheduled to throw the first bullpen session of his recovery process Tuesday, MLB.com reports.
Impact: De La Rosa does not have a timetable to return, but he's at least showing clear signs of progress, advancing his rehab to the next stage. Once healthy, the right-hander should be a candidate for late-inning work, and may even slide into the eighth-inning role.
News: Aybar had a nice day at the plate Monday, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Impact: Aybar's season has not gotten off to a good start, but his three-hit night Monday pushed his batting average over .200 for the first time since April 14. The shortstop has nine runs scored, but has yet to attempt a steal after swiping 12 bases last season.
News: Pinch-hitting in the eighth inning Monday, Ibanez launched a three-run double, breaking the 1-1 tie.
Impact: Ibanez has not hit very much this year, but has a knack for driving in runs. He now has 15 RBI and three home runs despite his .161 batting average in his first year in Los Angeles.
News: Richards had a strong outing against the Nationals on Monday, allowing just one run in six innings pitched while striking out six en route to a no-decison.
Impact: Richards' quality outing looked like it was about to be derailed in the fourth inning Monday, as the hard-throwing right-hander opened the frame with two walks and a wild pitch before hitting Jayson Werth with a pitch. Miraculously, Richards was able to settle down, allowing just one run in the inning before cruising for the remainder of his night. Richards' big fastball and solid groundball rates make him an alluring fantasy play, but he is not without his headaches, as he managed to work around four walks to lower his ERA to 2.52 in his first four trips to the mound in 2014. He will look to make things a little less exciting in his next start against the Yankees on Sunday.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Los Angeles Angels recalled Maronde from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Impact: Maronde was optioned to the minors on April 11, having allowed one run in three innings for the Angels this season.
News: Burnett (elbow) recently threw his second bullpen session since suffering a setback, and his next step is to pitch a simulated game, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Following a lost 2013 season, Burnett has dealt with a lengthy rehab process in the wake of offseason shoulder surgery. There's still no timetable for his return, but the simulated game would represent an important step in his progression.
News: Stewart will bat cleanup and play third base in place of David Freese (quad) Monday against the Nationals.
Impact: Stewart has made the most of his recent starts in place of the ailing Freese, and is sporting a .571 slugging percentage over his first 29 at-bats this season.
News: Maronde was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Maronde has spent time with both the Angels and Salt Lake this season, combining for three earned runs on eight hits and seven walks, while striking our 11 in 7.2 innings. He'll supply the big league bullpen with another left-handed presence.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Kendrick had three hits and drove in a run in a 2-1 loss to Detroit on Sunday.
Impact: The Los Angeles Angels second baseman, now batting .289, is 10 for 23 (.435) with two homers and seven RBIs in his last five games.
News: Kendrick went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI Sunday afternoon against the Tigers.
Impact: Kendrick is now riding a five-game hitting streak, during which he has recorded three multi-hit games and raised his batting average to .289.
News: Santiago was dealt his third loss of the season Sunday, allowing five walks, two hits and two unearned runs with seven strikeouts.
Impact: Santiago has now given up just one earned run over his last two starts, but has failed to pick up a win in either outing. His season-high five walks were the only concerning part of this start, as it led to him needing 119 total pitches to get through 5.2 innings. He'll take a 3.68 ERA into his next scheduled start at Yankee Stadium.
News: Wall was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake following Sunday's game.
Impact: Wall started the year strong in Triple-A, allowing just two earned runs over 8.1 innings before replacing Jose Alvarez with the major league club. He struggled in his two outings in the bigs, however, giving up six earned runs in one inning, including giving up five runs without recording an out in his first outing. Wall would still be candidate to return to the majors if the Angels suffer any injuries in their bullpen.
News: Trout went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts Saturday for the Halos.
Impact: It was Trout's first career four-strikeout game and no doubt came as a shock to fantasy owners. It will be interesting to see how he responds to this seismic development, and the best guess is that Trout will take it out on the rest of the AL in short order.
News: Wilson fell to 2-2 on Saturday for the Halos.
Impact: Wilson gave up three earned runs in five innings. He struck out four and faces the Bronx Bombers next.
News: Pujols hit homer No. 498 Saturday for the Halos.
Impact: The historic 500th blast should happen soon so fantasy owners will want to ride him to take advantage of that.
News: Ibanez was awful again Saturday.
Impact: Ibanez went 0 for 4 with two Ks. He has struck out 19 times and owns a laughable .532 OPS.
News: Ibanez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Tigers, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: David Freese has been slowed by a quad injury the last few days and isn't quite healthy enough to man third base, so he'll step in as the DH, pushing Ibanez out of the lineup. The rest might actually do Ibanez some good, as he's gone 1-for-21 at the plate over his last five games, plummeting his season average to a lowly .150.
News: Freese (quadriceps) is back in the Anaheim lineup Sunday against the Tigers.
Impact: Freese has missed the previous two games due to the injury, but he's apparently feeling well enough to serve as the DH on Sunday. It remains to be seen when he might return to duty at third base, but it looks like he'll be able to find at-bats one way or the other during the upcoming week.
News: Manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that Pujols was dealing with a bruised left heel during the opening week of the season, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: This may explain why Pujols began the season 4-for-21 (.190) with no home runs, but Scioscia said that the 34-year-old's heal is "not an issue" anymore. Pujols came into the contest against the Tigers on Saturday with a .920 OPS and five home runs, but for owners, the ailment may turn into another health concern to monitor down the stretch.
News: De La Rosa (shoulder) "felt good" after recently throwing off flat ground, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: De La Rosa attempted to come back from a strained elbow earlier this month but was put back on the disabled list, after struggling with his mechanics and velocity in an outing against the Mets. While it's good to hear that De La Rosa is throwing again, there is still no timetable for his return.
News: Shuck went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Tigers on Saturday.
Impact: The only run the Angels scored off Max Scherzer on Saturday came from an unlikely source, as Shuck led off the game with a home run. Unfortunately, that would be Shuck's only hit in the contest, and he's batting .189 over his first 37 at-bats this season.
News: Pujols went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a loss to the Tigers on Saturday.
Impact: Pujols struggled against starter Max Scherzer -- as did most of the Angels' lineup -- but connected on a first pitch fastball off Joe Nathan in the ninth inning to record his sixth home run of the season. Looking very comfortable at the plate so far this season, Pujols now has 498 career home runs.
News: Wilson struggled against the Tigers on Saturday, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in five innings to get tagged with his second loss of the season.
Impact: Wilson simply wasn't as sharp as he had been over his last two starts Saturday, as he struck out just four batters in the contest, his lowest total so far this season. He also let three men reach via the walk, which helps account for the whopping 111 pitches he needed to complete five frames. Wilson will look to bounce back from the poor performance when he faces the Yankees on Friday.
News: Trout went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.
Impact: Trout struck out four times in a single game for the first time in his career Saturday. The first three were by Max Scherzer, making the occurrence somewhat understandable, but it's still surprising when Trout shows this level of ineffectiveness in a ballgame. The 22-year-old came into 2014 with an eye toward cutting down his strikeouts but hasn't done much to aid in that pursuit lately, as he's struck out 10 times in his last five games.
News: Weaver earned his first win Friday night for the Halos.
Impact: Weaver allowed a run and three hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three. He faces the Nats next.
News: Trout once more rocked the fantasy world Friday night for the Halos.
Impact: Trout was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. He added his second steal and looks like he is getting his groove back on the basepaths.
News: Pujols hit homer No. 497 Friday night for the Halos.
Impact: Pujols came up with his fifth round-tripper and his OPS is up to .920.
News: Kendrick had two homers Friday night for the Halos.
Impact: Kendrick had three hits and four RBIs. His OPS is up to .711.
News: Burnett (elbow) recently threw a bullpen session in Arizona, which was referred to as "outstanding" by manager Mike Scioscia, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: It has been an uphill battle for Burnett, who has endured multiple setbacks while trying to return from the elbow surgery he underwent in August. While he reportedly looks good throwing in Arizona, there is currently no timetable for his return.
News: Freese (quad) is not in the Angels' starting lineup Saturday against the Tigers.
Impact: Freese was available to pinch hit Friday, so the injury is not thought to be serious. Consider him day-to-day for now.
News: Stewart is starting at third base and batting sixth Saturday in Detroit.
Impact: Once again, Stewart is getting the nod in place of David Freese (quad). Stewart is having a nice season thus far, sporting a 1.032 OPS. While Freese is the Angels' starter at third base, Stewart could see plenty of at-bats this season, making him worth owning in AL-only leagues.
News: Wall imploded in his outing Friday, allowing five runs on four hits without retiring a batter in a win over the Tigers.
Impact: Manager Mike Scioscia was likely trying to ease Wall in after his call up Friday, as he was brought in with the Angels leading 11-1 in the seventh inning, but all did not go as planned, as the 27-year-old let Detroit back into the contest due to his poor performance. The Angels ended up winning the game, so Wall's poor outing ultimately carried little consequence for his team, but he will be stamped with the dreaded "INF" on stat pages until his next chance to get on a mound.
News: Stewart had a big night at the plate Friday, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI in a win over the Tigers.
Impact: Stewart got the start after David Freese (quad) was scratched from the lineup, and made the most of the opportunity, coming up a home run short of the cycle. Freese told reporters after the game Friday that he is unsure if he will be ready to play Saturday, so Stewart, who has a 1.032 OPS in 21 at-bats this season, may once again man the third base position in the contest.
News: Trout went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Tigers on Friday.
Impact: Trout continued his assault on the baseball Friday, as he now has at least one extra-base hit in his last three games, and is sporting a 1.076 OPS with five home runs this season. We'll keep providing updates on the 22-year-old, but if you are unable to check him out on a given day, it's probably safe to assume he did something to help your fantasy team.
News: Freese, who did not start Friday against the Tigers due to a sore right quad, was available to pinch-hit in the contest, but is unsure if he'll play Saturday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Freese said after Friday's game that he injured his hamstring in his last at-bat Wednesday against the A's. The fact that he was able to pinch-hit likely means he is day-to-day with the injury.
News: Kendrick was 3-for-5 with a pair of two-run home runs in the Angels' win over Detroit on Friday night.
Impact: Moved into the cleanup spot with Josh Hamilton on the disabled list, Kendrick seems to be taking his new spot in the batting order seriously. They were his first two long ones of the year, and the four RBI runs his total to 11 for the season.
News: Pujols had a big night at the plate Friday, going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, a double and two runs scored in a win over the Tigers.
Impact: After an 0-5 detour in Oakland on Tuesday, the Pujols train has resumed rolling, as the 34-year old is 5-for-9 with four RBI over his last two games. It seems safer to declare that Pujols is back with each passing day, as he reached his fifth home run of the season in his 68th at-bat Friday.
News: Weaver gave up a run on three hits in six innings pitched to pick up a win against the Tigers on Friday.
Impact: Weaver bounced back nicely after back-to-back rough outings, as he was able to work around three walks to lower his ERA from 5.79 to 4.74. Weaver seemed to be in control on this night, as the 31-year-old did not allow a home run in the contest after giving up five dingers in his last two outings. He will look to continue to keep the ball in the yard in his next start against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.
News: Freese wasn't in Friday's lineup against Detroit.
Impact: Freese is dealing with tightness in his right quad.
News: The Angels optioned Alvarez to Triple-A Salt Lake before Friday night's game at Detroit.
Impact: The Angels made the moves before Friday night's game at Detroit, meaning Alvarez would not have a chance to pitch against his former team. The Tigers traded Alvarez to the Angels before the season for shortstop Andrew Romine.
News: The Los Angeles Angels have recalled Wall from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned left-hander Jose Alvarez to Salt Lake.
Impact: The Angels made the moves before Friday night's game at Detroit, meaning Alvarez would not have a chance to pitch against his former team. The Tigers traded Alvarez to the Angels before the season for shortstop Andrew Romine. Romine is in the starting lineup for Detroit on Friday.
News: Updating a previous report, Freese was scratched from Friday's game against the Tigers due to a sore right quad, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Freese will give way to Ian Stewart in the contest, but the injury to his quad is not expected to be serious.
News: The Angels recalled Wall from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.
Impact: Wall, who gave up just two earned runs over 8.1 innings with Salt Lake, was brought up to replace Jose Alvarez in the Angels' bullpen. Wall will pitch in middle relief for the big club.
News: The Angels optioned Alvarez to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.
Impact: Alvarez appeared in just two games with the Angels this season, so the team decided to switch things up and replace Alvarez in the bullpen with fellow reliever Josh Wall. Alvarez will garner consideration next time the Angels need to bring up a reliever.
News: Stewart will start at third base and bat ninth Friday against the Tigers.
Impact: David Freese (undisclosed) was scratched from the lineup, opening the door for Stewart to make his third start of the season at the hot corner. The 29-year-old Stewart has just three hits in 17 at-bats thus far, but all three hits have gone for extra bases.
News: Freese was scratched from Friday's lineup.
Impact: A reason for Freese's removal from the lineup has not been given, but it's presumably injury-related. Ian Stewart will slot in at third base.
News: Ibanez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times.
Impact: Ibanez is just 1-for-17 against left-handers this season, so it comes as little surprise that he will be held out against Tigers southpaw Drew Smyly. Howie Kendrick will serve as the Angels' DH Friday night.
News: Skaggs pitched OK Wednesday.
Impact: Skaggs allowed four runs in six innings and will likely face the Nats next.
News: Trout had two more hits Wednesday.
Impact: Trout will face the Tigers this weekend. Maybe he can try to steal more since he has only done so once this season and with his speed, it's hard to understand why he isn't more daring.
News: Pujols effortlessly had three more hits Wednesday.
Impact: Pujols owns a .854 OPS and is not as bad as once feared.
News: Trout went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk and an RBI in a win over the A's on Wednesday.
Impact: Trout got the Angels on the board with an RBI double in the third inning, but the A's did a decent job of keeping him in check after that, as he was limited to just a single and a walk for the duration of the contest. Trout has multi-hit games in five of his last six contests, including two three-hit games.
News: Smith picked up his first win of the season Wednesday, pitching a scoreless inning with a strikeout against the A's.
Impact: Smith hit a batter in the outing, but otherwise did well to put his nightmare performance from Tuesday -- he allowed four runs without retiring a batter -- behind him. Smith's stats look pretty funky as a result of his recent blowup, as seven of his eight appearances this season have resulted in scoreless innings, yet he sits with a 5.14 ERA.
News: Skaggs allowed four earned runs on seven hits in six innings pitched en route to a no-decision Wednesday against the A's.
Impact: Skaggs pitched pretty well in sum, but was bitten by a rough fourth inning in which he surrendered all four runs the A's scored in the contest, including a three-run homer to Brandon Moss. Skaggs walked three batters and struck out two Wednesday, and while the low walk total is a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners, they would probably like to see the strikeout numbers rise a bit, as he has punched out just 11 batters in 21 innings this season. It may be, however, that Skaggs is deliberately attempting to pitch to contact more in 2014 in an effort to curb some of the wildness that has plagued him in the past.
News: De La Rosa was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder irritation.
Impact: De La Rosa was sent to Triple-A on a rehab assignment, but had that option voided as his shoulder trouble persisted.
News: Iannetta went 2-for-5 with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th to give the Angels a 5-4 win over the A's on Wednesday.
Impact: Iannetta wasted no time in his at-bat in the 12th inning Wednesday, jumping on the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, and sending it over the center field wall to send the Halos home victorious. Don't look now, but the 31-year-old could be heating up after an abysmal start to the season, as he is the owner of a four-game hitting streak, going 5-for-13 with two home runs and a double over that span.
Brennan Boesch - #00 - Right Field - 6'4" - 235lbs
News: The Los Angeles Angels have placed outfielder Kole Calhoun on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a sprained ligament in his right ankle and selected Boesch to the major league roster.
Impact: Boesch, who signed with the Angels in January as a free agent, began the season with Triple-A Salt Lake. He played in 23 games last year with the Yankees after spending his first three big league seasons with Detroit.
News: The Los Angeles Angels have placed Calhoun on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a sprained ligament in his right ankle and selected outfielder Brennan Boesch to the major league roster.
Impact: Calhoun is batting .250 with three homers and six RBIs in 14 games. He had been playing right field in place of injured slugger Josh Hamilton. Calhoun is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after rolling in his ankle in the 11th inning of the Angels' 10-9 loss to Oakland on Tuesday night.
News: Calhoun (ankle) is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Calhoun twisted his right ankle in Tuesday's loss the the A's, and manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that the 26-year-old has a badly strained ligament. The team wasted little time in placing Calhoun on the 15-day disabled list and bringing Brennan Boesch up to help fill the void in the outfield. Boesch and Collin Cowgill figure to split time in right field while Calhoun is on the shelf.
Ryan Brasier - #62 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 205lbs
News: Brasier (forearm) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.
Impact: To make room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Brennan Boesch, the team moved Brasier to the 60-day DL. Little information has been provided as to Brasier's recovery from a forearm injury, but it seems he's not close to contributing.
Brennan Boesch - #00 - Right Field - 6'4" - 235lbs
News: Boesch was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Kole Calhoun twisted his right ankle in Tuesday's loss to the A's and will require a DL stint, and Boesch will be up to take his spot on the active roster. Boesch will provide some left-handed pop off the bench, but the Angels outfield is still rather crowded despite the injury, so playing time may be limited.
News: Iannetta had a productive game Tuesday, going 1-for-1 with a double, two walks, a stolen base, two RBI and a run scored in a loss to the A's.
Impact: The stolen base for Iannetta, which actually came on a pitchout, was his first since September 2012. It was good to see Iannetta turn in a solid game Tuesday, but he still has quite a hill to climb, as he is hitting just .152 to begin the season.
News: Freese went 2 for 4 Tuesday.
Impact: Freese is scuffling with a .465 OPS so maybe this will get him going.
News: Calhoun enjoyed a big fantasy night Tuesday.
Impact: Calhoun was 3 for 6 with a homer, three runs scored and two RBIs. He's gone nuts with seven hits in his last three games.
News: Trout enjoyed a big fantasy day Tuesday.
Impact: Trout had three hits and drove in three runs with two runs scored and a stolen base. He remains the most complete fantasy player in the game today and possibly in history.
News: Richards was hurt by a bullpen meltdown Tuesday.
Impact: Richards pitched seven innings of eight-hit ball for the Angels, allowing five runs but failed to improve to 3-0.
News: Trout went 3-for-6 with a home run, a double, three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in a loss to the A's on Tuesday.
Impact: Trout did all he could to save the day Tuesday, as he hit a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, but the Angels lost the game in extras. The 22-year-old is off to a scorching start in 2014, as his five home runs have him tied with Jose Bautista for the lead in the American League.
News: Calhoun had to be helped off the field in the 11th inning Tuesday when he turned his right ankle after running out a groundout.
Impact: His status moving forward is unclear.
Yoslan Herrera - #60 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: Herrera gave up a run on two hits in an inning of work to take the loss against the Athletics on Tuesday.
Impact: After being brought in when the Angels had a comfortable 14-2 lead Monday, Herrera was asked to protect a tie game in the 11th inning Tuesday, and gave up the lead by surrendering hits to the first two batters he faced. Herrera is likely a short-term option until Jorge De La Rosa (shoulder) returns, but until then, the Angels will have to roll with the punches, as the bullpen is once again proving to be a glaring weakness in the early going.
News: Calhoun will be placed on the disabled list after twisting his right ankle in a loss to the A's on Tuesday, Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: It was a rough way to end the night for Calhoun, who rolled his ankle after being thrown out at first base in the 11th inning. There is no word yet on the severity of the injury, but the news of a trip to the DL is unfortunate for the 26-year-old, as he was just starting to catch fire after a slow start to the season, notching his third consecutive multi-hit game Tuesday, while going 7-for-15 over that span.
News: Smith had a nightmare outing in Tuesday's loss to the A's, as he surrendered four runs on three hits while walking two and not retiring a batter in the contest.
Impact: Smith was one of the few bright spots in the Angels' bullpen after not allowing a run in his first six appearances, but the roof came unhinged Tuesday, which sent his ERA soaring to 6.00 this season.
News: Richards went seven innings strong for the second consecutive start Tuesday, this time getting dinged up for five earned runs on eight hits while fanning five and walking two in a no-decision against the Athletics.
Impact: Those that jumped on the Richards train after his one-hit gem at Seattle his last time out can't be overly enthused about seeing him get roughed up, but it was nice to see him battle through adversity to pitch well into the second half of the game. More importantly, he now has 18 K's on the season, has still yet to serve up a home run and owns a respectable 2.84 ERA and 1.16 WHIP to go along with his 2-0 record. He'll pitch again Monday against Bryce Harper and the Nats.
News: Calhoun appeared to turn an ankle and had to be helped off the field after grounding out in the 11th inning of Tuesday night's game against the A's.
Impact: Calhoun had a three-hit night prior to the injury. He hurt himself lunging for first base to try to beat out the grounder.
News: Updating a previous report, De La Rosa was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday and placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder irritation, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: There is no word yet on how De La Rosa strained his shoulder, but it didn't take a specialist to see that something was wrong with him in his outing against the Mets on Saturday, as his velocity was down, and he was consistently falling behind hitters. Having just returned from a forearm strain that he incurred in early March, the 31-year-old will continue to throw, which may be seen as a positive sign, but he has no timetable for return as his arm troubles continue to mount.
News: Burnett played catch for the second consecutive day Tuesday, and is expected to go to Arizona to throw off a mound in a few days, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Burnett dealt with some swelling after throwing in a simulated game last week, but was able to play catch for the first time since the outing Monday. The 31-year-old has now restarted his rehab twice after having season-ending elbow surgery in August, and currently has no timetable for return.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Pujols stayed hot with two more hits and another homer in Monday's 3-2 loss to Oakland.
Impact: Pujols is batting .333 with four homers and eight RBIs in his last six games. He clearly still has plenty left in the tank.
News: De La Rosa (undisclosed) was recalled by the Angels on Tuesday and placed on the DL, Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times reports.
Impact: The undisclosed injury is not believed to be serious, and he was sent to Arizona to begin rehabbing it. If De La Rosa can overcome his recent rush of injuries, he could be second in line for the closer spot in the Halo's pen, but it would be nice to see him succeed on the mound before making a speculative add.
News: Freese will bat seventh against the A's on Tuesday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Freese has struggled mightily early on this season, as he is the owner of a .418 OPS in his first 43 at-bats, so he will be moved to a less demanding spot in the order Tuesday.
News: Alvarez made his season debut in a loss to the A's on Monday, pitching 0.2 innings with a strikeout.
Impact: Alvarez came in to stop the bleeding after Ernesto Frieri gave up two runs and four hits in the ninth inning Monday. The 24-year-old was called up in advance of Sunday's game against the Mets, and could be a candidate to stick around awhile, as he is currently the only left-handed reliever in the bullpen.
News: Pujols went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the A's on Monday.
Impact: Pujols continued tearing the cover off the ball Monday, as he now has a 10-game hitting streak, including four home runs in his last six games. The 34-year-old seems intent on showing what he can do when he is healthy, as he has an .878 OPS, and is tied for second in the American League with four homers.
News: Frieri suffered his first blown save of the season Monday, allowing two runs on four hits in just 0.1 innings in a loss against the A's.
Impact: With one on and one out in the ninth, Frieri surrendered a pinch-hit two-run homer to John Jaso, which spoiled a terrific Hector Santiago performance, and robbed the Angels of a victory. Frieri has now given up three home runs in six appearances this season, after finishing 2013 with a career-high 1.4 HR/9.
News: Santiago looked sharp against the A's on Monday, allowing just a solo home run and five hits in seven innings pitched while striking out three en route to a no-decision.
Impact: Santiago deserved better on this night, as he pitched out of some really tough situations to keep the Angels ahead 2-1 through seven innings, but a two-run homer by John Jaso in the ninth cost Santiago and the Haols the win. Santiago had to be encouraged by his outing Monday, as he walked just one batter after handing out six free passes in his first two starts (9.1 innings) of the season. Santiago will look to build on his impressive performance when he takes on the Tigers on Sunday.
News: Wilson earned his second win in as many starts with Sunday's 14-2 rout of the New York Mets.
Impact: Wilson (2-1, 3.92 ERA) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings with nine strikeouts and three walks. The Angels have scored 23 runs in the left-hander's last two starts, including a 9-1 victory last Monday at Houston. Wilson has also helped himself by allowing three runs in his last 15 innings.
News: Stewart hit a two-run homer and an RBI double in the Angels' 14-2 rout of the New York Mets on Sunday.
Impact: The home run was his first in the majors since May 28, 2012. Stewart was 1 for 11 (.091) in his first four games this season.
News: Shuck had three hits and drove in a run in a 14-2 rout of the New York Mets on Sunday.
Impact: Shuck is 5 for 14 (.357) with three RBIs in his first three games this season for the Los Angeles Angels.
News: Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez hit consecutive home runs off Bartolo Colon in the first inning, setting the tone for the Los Angeles Angels' 14-2 rout of the New York Mets on Sunday in the decisive game of their interleague series.
Impact: Trout also had two singles in the game and was 7 for 15 in the series against the Mets, raising his average from .257 to .320.
News: Mike Trout, Pujols and Raul Ibanez hit consecutive home runs off Bartolo Colon in the first inning, setting the tone for the Los Angeles Angels' 14-2 rout of the New York Mets on Sunday in the decisive game of their interleague series.
Impact: It was the third homer in five games for Pujols, who has 495 in his career. He also extended his hit streak to nine games with the solo shot.
News: Manager Mike Scioscia said that De La Rosa is "getting evaluated on medical things" Monday.
Impact: De La Rosa was sent to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday after having trouble with his velocity in his first outing off the disabled list against the Mets on Saturday. Scioscia added that the 31-year-old should be "back on the horse" soon.
News: Hamilton (thumb) will not take part in baseball activities until May 2, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Hamilton will transition from a soft cast on his thumb to a removable splint beginning Friday, but he'll still be limited to off-field workouts through the rest of April. His recovery timetable is expected to last a total of six-to-eight weeks, sidelining him until at least late May.
News: Burnett (elbow) will resume throwing Monday, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Burnett was experiencing swelling in recent days, but it has since dissipated, allowing him to start playing catch again. He hopes to start pitching off a mound before the week is out.
News: Calhoun will bat fifth Sunday against the Mets, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Calhoun has bounced around the lineup quite a bit recently, as he hit ninth against the Mets with a left-hander on the mound Saturday. Manager Mike Scioscia said that Calhoun's swing isn't right at the moment, but the Angels are trying some different configurations with Josh Hamilton (thumb) on the disabled list and most of the team struggling at the plate.
News: Shuck went 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Mets on Sunday.
Impact: Shuck reaped the benefits of hitting in the leadoff spot with a right-handed pitcher on the mound and is now hitting .357/.400/.571 in his first 14 at-bats this season.
News: Calhoun went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored in a win over the Mets on Sunday.
Impact: Calhoun thrived in his first start in the five-hole Sunday, picking up his first triple of the year in the contest. It's unclear if the Angels intend on returning him to the leadoff spot soon, as he batted ninth against a left-hander Saturday.
Hank Conger - #16 - Catcher - 6'1" - 220lbs
News: Conger went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Mets on Sunday.
Impact: Conger capitalized on his opportunity behind the dish Sunday, and now has a 1.043 OPS this season. Granted, he has only had 14 at-bats, so an 0-for-4 in his next start could make that impressive number look considerably worse, but one wonders how long manager Mike Scioscia will continue to stick with Chris Iannetta - who is hitting just .125 this season - as the Angels' primary catcher.
News: Stewart went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, a walk, three RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Mets on Sunday.
Impact: Stewart made the most of his start in place of the slumping David Freese on Sunday, collecting his first home run and RBI of the season. It's certainly premature to imagine that Stewart can pose a threat to Freese's job security, but the former Cardinal has really disappointed early on this season, as he has tallied just a .458 OPS in his first 39 at-bats.
News: Pujols went 1-for-4 with a homer and a walk in a win over the Mets on Sunday.
Impact: Pujols was the middleman in an attack which saw the Angels launch three home runs in the first inning off Bartolo Colon on Sunday. Pujols now has three home runs in his last five games, and at least one hit in nine consecutive games. The 34-year-old appears to be heating up, despite hitting just .240 in his first 50 at-bats this season.
News: Ibanez went 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, and two runs scored against the Mets on Sunday.
Impact: Ibanez was the last leg of three consecutive home runs surrendered by Bartolo Colon in the first inning. The 41-year-old is hitting just .205 on the young season, but a low batting average may be forgiven by the Halos if he can continue to provide power in the middle of the order.
News: Trout went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Mets on Sunday.
Impact: Trout got the party started Sunday, as his home run was the first of three consecutive dingers in the first inning for the Angels. Trout doesn't seem like he will be cooling off anytime soon, as he is the owner of a 1.022 OPS in his first 50 at-bats this season.
News: Wilson turned in another outstanding performance Sunday, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings to pick up a win over the Mets.
Impact: Wilson also picked up nine strikeouts in the contest, and while some of those may be attributable to an inexperienced umpire behind the plate, they are tallied in the stat column nonetheless. Wilson has looked sharp in back-to-back outings after giving up six runs in 5.2 frames in his first start of the season against the Mariners on April 1.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Ibanez hit a tying three-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday night but the Angels lost 7-6 in 13 innings to the New York Mets.
Impact: The homer was Ibanez's 302nd in the majors - and his 2,000th hit. He has a team-best 10 RBIs this season despite hitting just .194.
News: Stewart is in the lineup Sunday against the Mets.
Impact: Stewart will take the helm at third base and bat seventh in place of the slumping David Freese on Sunday.
News: Freese is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mets.
Impact: Freese has really been scuffling of late, tallying just two hits in his last 21 at-bats, so he will get a breather against the Mets. Ian Stewart will play third base and bat seventh Sunday.
Matt Shoemaker - #52 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 200lbs
News: Shoemaker was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.
Impact: Shoemaker looked good in his first outing of 2014, but has struggled since then, giving up three earned runs in his last 4.1 innings. The 27-year-old will reprise his role of organizational depth at Salt Lake.
Yoslan Herrera - #60 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: Herrera has been called up by the Angels, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: With Dane De La Rosa getting optioned to Triple-A, Herrera will get a chance to work in middle relief for the Angels. Herrera last appeared in the majors as a member of the Pirates in 2008.
News: De La Rosa was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.
Impact: De La Rosa simply didn't look right Saturday in his first appearance since returning from a forearm strain, as his velocity was down and he was consistently falling behind hitters in the outing. He will look to build up his arm strength at Salt Lake for the time being.
News: Pujols will be the designated hitter for the Angels against the Mets on Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Pujols will DH for the second time in four games after saying during the offseason that he would play most of his games at first base. There may or may not be an issue here, but it will be incumbent upon fantasy owners to track Pujols' health carefully after he played in just 99 games in 2013 due to plantar fasciitis.
News: Alvarez's name is on the lineup card for Sunday's game against the Mets, indicating that he's been recalled by the Angels, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The expectation is that Alvarez will serve as a long reliever for the Halos, while a corresponding move has not been provided to make room for him on the roster. Dane De La Rosa is rumored to be a candidate for a stint on the 15-day DL.
News: Iannetta went 1-for-5 with his first home run of the season against the Mets on Saturday.
Impact: Iannetta is off to a dreadful start to the 2014 season, as he's the owner of a .497 OPS in 32 at-bats, but manager Mike Scioscia seems intent on rolling with the 31-year-old behind the plate, as he has started all but two of the Angels' games this season. Although Iannetta has the potential to be a decent mix of power and plate discipline at the dish, he needs to show more, if he wants to hang on to the starting job all season.
News: Cowgill went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in a game against the Mets on Saturday.
Impact: Cowgill got the start Saturday as a result of Josh Hamilton (thumb) landing on the disabled list and didn't disappoint, cracking his first home run of the season in the contest. While Hamilton is sidelined, Cowgill will likely take the left-handed half of a platoon in left field with J.B. Shuck but could assume the role completely, if he can continue to produce at the plate.
Matt Shoemaker - #52 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 200lbs
News: Shoemaker took his first loss of the season against the Mets on Saturday, allowing a solo home run, three hits, and two walks, while striking out two.
Impact: Shoemaker was the eighth pitcher used by the Angels in the 13-inning contest, and thus, he was charged with remaining in the game until its conclusion. After working out of trouble in his first inning on the mound, he gave up a leadoff homer to Anthony Recker in the top of the 13th, which proved to be the deciding blow. Shoemaker has a 4.05 ERA this season after the outing.
News: De La Rosa pitched just 0.1 innings in an outing against the Mets on Saturday, allowing two runs on one hit and a walk.
Impact: De La Rosa's first outing this season was a bit troubling, as he consistently fell behind hitters and was sitting at 88-90 mph, after averaging 94.6 mph with his fastball in 2013, according to Fangraphs.com. It may be that De La Rosa, who pitched in three rehab outings after straining his forearm in early March, simply needs to build up arm strength, but the reduced velocity is certainly not encouraging for a bullpen that has already had its share of problems this season.
News: Ibanez went 1-for-5 with a game-tying, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Mets on Saturday.
Impact: The Angels were down to their last out in the ninth, before a walk by Erick Aybar brought Ibanez to the plate with two men on, after which he drilled a fastball over the left field wall to tie the game. Ibanez's only hit in the contest marked a milestone for the 41-year-old, as it was the 2000th knock of his career. Despite his late-inning heroics, he's off to a rough start in 2014, as he's the owner of a .618 OPS in his first 36 at-bats.
News: Weaver allowed four runs (including a home run) on three hits, while striking out five in 6.2 innings pitched, to pick up a no-decision Saturday against the Mets.
Impact: Weaver wasn't exactly hammered in this outing Saturday, but four walks and a homer contributed to four earned runs on his ledger. He's now given up five home runs in his last two outings and is the owner of a 5.79 ERA this season. There are still plenty of games to play, but early returns seem to indicate that Weaver won't be able to get by with an average fastball velocity, which had not broken 86 mph this season coming into Saturday's start (85.9), according to Fangraphs.com.
News: Due to the injury to Josh Hamilton, Kendrick will serve as the cleanup hitter Saturday against the Mets, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: In 903 career games, the 30-year-old second baseman has batted fourth just 12 times. Nonetheless, manager Mike Scioscia likes the idea of using Kendrick, a right-handed bat, in the cleanup spot against lefties, while he'll opt to use a left-handed batter -- like Raul Ibanez -- against right-handed pitchers. Kendrick is in line for extra RBI opportunities in the four-spot with sluggers Mike Trout and Albert Pujols batting directly ahead of him in the order.
News: Cowgill will leadoff and play left field Saturday against the Mets.
Impact: Cowgill appears to be in a platoon situation with J.B. Shuck for the left field spot in the absence of Josh Hamilton (thumb), as Cowgill will assume the role against left-hander Jon Niese on Saturday.
News: Calhoun will bat ninth Saturday against Mets lefty Jon Niese.
Impact: Calhoun led off against a left-hander Tuesday and batted sixth against another one Wednesday, but he'll fall all the way down to ninth Saturday. Chances are, the 26-year-old will continue to bat leadoff against right-handers moving forward, but it's looking like he may occupy one of the bottom three spots in the order against southpaws.
Hank Conger - #16 - Catcher - 6'1" - 220lbs
News: Conger was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to walk off the Mets in 11 innings Friday.
Impact: Reliever Jeurys Familia walked two batters in front of him to create the bases-loaded situation with one out in the 11th, before promptly hitting Conger on the shoulder to end the contest. It was the fifth walk-off hit-by-pitch in Angels' history, and the first since 1989. Conger finished 0-for-1 on Friday, after replacing Chris Iannetta, who was lifted for a pinch runner in the eighth.
News: Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a double, two walks and two runs scored in a win over the Mets on Friday.
Impact: Kendrick continued his hot streak Friday, as he now has five two-hit games in the month of April, batting .367 over that span. He has yet to hit a home run this season but does have two stolen bases, which makes for a decent early return for owners.
News: Trout went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and a walk in a win over the Mets on Friday.
Impact: Trout gave the Halos an early lead, crushing an inside fastball over the wall for his third home run of the season. The batting average isn't quite there yet for Trout (by his standards), as he's hitting .275 over his first 40 at-bats, but the three home runs have contributed to a .575 slugging percentage.
Michael Kohn - #58 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 200lbs
News: Kohn pitched a scoreless 11th inning with one strikeout to record the win Friday.
Impact: Kohn appears to be over the mechanical issues that plagued him this spring, as he hasn't allowed a run over his last three appearances. Friday's win was the result of being in the right place at the right time, however.
News: Shuck hit a two-run home run in his season debut Friday.
Impact: Shuck came through for his teammates in a big way Friday, as his homer knotted the game at four in the bottom of the sixth. He likely won't replace Josh Hamilton's numbers completely, but he could be a good start for fantasy owners looking to fill the void. Shuck saw 478 plate appearances for the Angels in 2013, where he hit .293 with 60 runs, 39 RBI and eight stolen bases.
News: Skaggs pitched seven innings on Friday, allowing nine hits and four earned runs with four strikeouts in no decision.
Impact: Skaggs has worked at least seven innings in both of his starts this season while keeping his pitch count fewer than 100. He's also displayed excellent control, walking one batter in 15 innings. Skaggs was actually on the line for the loss in this one, until J.B. Shuck bailed him out in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run, game-tying homer. He ended up exiting a tie game, which leaves his record at 1-0.
News: Maronde was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.
Impact: He'll be replaced on the 25-man roster by Dane De La Rosa, who was activated from the 15-day DL in a corresponding move. Maronde appeared in four games out of the bullpen for the Angels, allowing one run and striking out five batters in three innings.
News: De La Rosa (forearm) was activated from the 15-day DL on Friday.
Impact: After enduring no setbacks during his rehab outing at High-A Inland Empire on Wednesday, De La Rosa will slot back into the Anaheim bullpen. He figures to serve as one of the top setup options to Ernesto Frieri, after posting a 2.86 ERA and 65:28 K:BB ratio over 72.1 innings last season. Nick Maronde was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move.
News: Hamilton (thumb) underwent surgery Friday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Hamilton experienced no complications during the procedure. Hamilton remains on track to miss the next six-to-eight weeks.
News: Shuck will make his first start of the season Friday against the Mets, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Shuck, who was recalled after it was learned that Josh Hamilton (thumb) would require surgery that would sideline him for 6-to-8 weeks, likely will battle Collin Cowgill for playing time. The Angels could simply choose to work the two into a platoon, however, with Cowgill starting against left-handed pitchers.
News: Ibanez is back in the lineup Friday against the Mets, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Ibanez was given the day off with a lefty on the mound Wednesday against the Mariners, but will slide into the four-hole against right-hander Dillon Gee on Friday. If Ibanez can produce in the cleanup spot, he may be a candidate to see time there against righties, since Josh Hamilton (thumb) is on the disabled list.
News: Aybar (mouth) is in the lineup Friday against the Mets, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Aybar missed Thursday's game to receive some dental work. He's had a slow start to the season with a .179 batting average, and he'll bat ninth Friday.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Richards and two relievers combined on a one-hitter as the Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Richards threw seven shutout innings and looks like a promising fantasy star. Next week's start against Oakland could be crucial to his development.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Pujols homered for the second straight game as the Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Pujols is enjoying himself with four RBIs in his last two games as he looks to prove the fantasy naysayers wrong.
News: De La Rosa (forearm) pitched a clean inning with a strikeout in his final rehab appearance at High-A Inland Empire on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: De La Rosa breezed through his minor league rehab outings after straining his forearm in early March, not allowing a run in three innings pitched. He will be activated in advance of Friday's game against the Mets.
News: Smith picked up his first hold of the season Wednesday, pitching a clean inning with two strikeouts in a win over the Mariners.
Impact: It was the first time this season Smith and closer Ernesto Frieri were able to pitch in their designated roles, and they didn't disappoint, combining for three strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Smith was signed this offseason to be the core of the bridge to Frieri, and he has held up his end of the bargain so far, having pitched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
News: Frieri earned his first save of the season against the Mariners on Wednesday.
Impact: It was actually the first save opportunity of the season for the Angels. Frieri did start out a little shaky -- he walked Justin Smoak -- but he also had a strikeout and did not allow any hits. It was not a perfect save but it was a solid outing.
News: Pujols went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.
Impact: Much has been made of what seems like another slow start for Pujols, but it seems as though he's beginning to hit the gas, as he hit his second home run in as many nights Wednesday to give the Angels an early lead they would not relinquish. Pujols is now sporting an .835 OPS this season, which, if nothing else, should highlight how silly it is to worry about statistics this early, as his OPS was .723 prior to Wednesday's contest.
News: Cowgill went 1-for-4 and struck out twice against Seattle on Wednesday.
Impact: Cowgill started in left field in place of the injured Josh Hamilton. He also batted leadoff for the Angels.
News: Richards earned the win against the Mariners Wednesday, allowing only one hit while striking out six.
Impact: Richards is now 2-0 on the season. He also sports a 0.75 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Less impressive is his 13/8 K/BB ratio so far this year.
News: Pujols hit a two-run homer in Tuesday's 5-3 loss at Seattle.
Impact: While Pujols is just 7 for 32 to start the season, five of those hits have gone for extra bases.
News: Aybar had some dental work done on Wednesday, which explains why he was absent from the lineup, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Aybar was a late scratch on Wednesday, leaving some to question whether an injury was involved. It turns out to be just dental work, so he shouldn't miss much, if any, more time. Should manager Mike Scioscia decide to give Aybar another day to rest, look for John McDonald to once again take over at short.
John McDonald - #8 - Short Stop - 5'9" - 181lbs
News: McDonald played shortstop for the Angels on Wednesday, after Erick Aybar was scratched from the contest against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: McDonald wasn't scheduled to make a start Wednesday, but took to the ninth spot in the lineup after Aybar was scratched. There is no word yet on whether Aybar has sustained an injury, but any absence from the 30-year-old shortstop could mean more playing time for McDonald.
News: Aybar was a late scratch Wednesday against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Aybar was scheduled to bat in the ninth spot in the contest Wednesday, but was replaced by John McDonald at shortstop when the Angels took the field. There is no word yet on whether Aybar is dealing with an injury.
News: Cowgill will lead off and play left field against the Mariners on Wednesday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With the news Wednesday that Josh Hamilton (thumb) will likely miss 6-to-8 weeks, Cowgill will get a chance to play left field on a more consistent basis. It's possible the Angels will choose to give J.B. Shuck, who was called up when Hamilton was placed on the disabled list, the bulk of the time at the position, but logic may dictate otherwise, as Cowgill beat out Shuck for the reserve outfielder spot in spring training. Cowgill offers a bit of right-handed pop and will get the first crack against Mariners' lefty Roenis Elias.
News: Freese will likely see most of the time in the cleanup spot with Josh Hamilton (thumb) on the disabled list, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Freese began the year hitting cleanup against lefties, but will take over the lion's share of the time in the four-hole after it was revealed Wednesday that Hamilton will miss 6-to-8 weeks due to tearing his ulnar collateral ligament. Freese may see an RBI uptick from the move, as he will now hit behind Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on a regular basis. The 30-year-old will assume his usual role against lefty Roenis Elias on Wednesday.
News: Santiago suffered Tuesday's loss to the M's.
Impact: Santiago allowed four runs in 4 1-3 innings.
News: Hamilton will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his left thumb that needs surgery. The 2010 AL MVP Hamilton was injured during Tuesday night's game against Seattle during a headfirst slide into first base.
Impact: Los Angeles said an MRI Wednesday revealed a complete tear of the thumb's ulnar collateral ligament, and hand and wrist specialist Dr. Steven Shin will operate at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedics in Los Angeles. Hamilton was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Kendrick notched his fourth straight two-hit game Monday against Houston, going 2 for 5 and driving in three runs.
Impact: Kendrick is 8 for 18 during a four-game hitting streak after starting off 0 for 10 through his first three games.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Wilson got the win after an impressive showing Monday against the Astros, limiting them to four hits and one run - a Carlos Corporan homer - over eight innings of work. He also struck out seven.
Impact: Wilson looked much better than he did in his season debut when he allowed six runs in 5 2-3 innings against Seattle. He's racked up 15 strikeouts in 13 2-3 innings thus far.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Weaver gave up four home runs in his second straight defeat to open this season, 7-4 to Houson on Sunday.
Impact: Weaver (0-2, 6.00 ERA) allowed five runs on five hits with six strikeouts over 5 2-3 innings. It was the third time in his career Weaver had allowed four home runs in a game and the first since Aug. 2, 2008, against the New York Yankees.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Josh Hamilton hit a two-run home run to support eight strong innings by Tyler Skaggs as the Los Angeles Angels won their second straight 5-1 over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Impact: Skaggs allowed one run - none earned - on four hits with five strikeouts in his Angels debut. He was acquired in the offseason from Arizona in a trade that sent outfielder Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton hit a two-run home run to support eight strong innings by Tyler Skaggs as the Los Angeles Angels won their second straight 5-1 over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Impact: Hamilton had three hits and homered for the second straight game. He's 9 for 18 (.500) with five RBIs so far this season.
News: Richards cruised in an 11-1 rout of the Houston Astros.
Impact: Richards allowed one run on three hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.
News: Kendrick went 2 for 5 with two runs scored Friday.
Impact: Kendrick is scuffling with a .388 OPS.
News: Trout went 2 for 4 with a solo homer Friday.
Impact: Trout's OPS through four games is an astounding 1.601. The superstar is changing the game.
News: Hamilton went 3 for 3 before leaving Friday.
Impact: Hamilton hit a two-run dinger and drove in three overall before he was removed in a laugher of a ballgame.