News: Richards (knee) will throw five innings in a minor league game Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Richards is scheduled to throw five innings in the contest, which could ultimately lead to an activation Apr. 12 after a six-inning outing Thursday. That seems to be the best-case scenario, however, as manager Mike Scioscia said Richards experienced some fatigue after his last outing, and the team is prepared to scale back his return if necessary.
News: Krauss (back) is hoping to return to Cactus League action Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Back spasms have cost Krauss four days, but he was able to hit some Thursday and appears close to returning to exhibitions. Krauss was playing well before going down, with nine hits (including two doubles and a homer), seven RBI and five walks in 25 spring plate appearances. He's still not expected to make the team out of camp, however.
News: Freese hyperextended his left elbow Wednesday, and expects to be out at least a few days, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Freese apparently suffered the injury during a collision in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians. The 31-year-old, who has 11 hits in 39 at-bats this spring, said he does not think he will need to miss extended time as a result of the issue.
News: Tropeano allowed three runs (one earned) while walking three and striking out two over four innings in a Cactus League outing against the Indians on Wednesday.
Impact: Tropeano started strong, retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced before a fielding error and some spotty control caught up with him in the fourth. Tropeano had a chance to separate himself from Andrew Heaney in the race for a rotation spot with a solid outing Wednesday, but the fact that neither man has performed well this spring leaves some question regarding which two from the group of Heaney, Tropeano and Hector Santiago will open the year as a member of the starting five.
News: Joyce said his hamstring felt good after Wednesday's spring training game against the Indians, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Joyce, who sat out all but one of the previous seven games, singled, homered and walked in three at-bats, but the biggest takeaway was the health of his hamstring. "You know, it was a really good test," said Joyce. "The hamstring felt great. It's just reassuring to go out there and not worry about something hurting and to feel healthy going into the season." Joyce has played in only nine games this spring due to the hamstring, as well as some soreness in his rib cage. He's expected to play an integral role for the Angels this season as a middle-of-the-order bat against right-handed pitchers. "If you look at our projected lineup, there are only three left-handed hitters, Matt, Kole Calhoun and Erick Aybar, and Matt is the only one who can hit in the middle of the order," manager Mike Scioscia said. "His bat is important to us."
News: Smith pitched a scoreless inning in Wednesday's Cactus League outing against the Indians, striking out one and walking one in the contest.
Impact: Smith came into camp battling stiffness in his legs, but has fully recovered from the ailment, having tallied five strikeouts in four innings of work without allowing a run this spring. Smith is on track to reprise his role as the setup man in the Angels' bullpen in 2015 after notching a career-best 1.81 ERA in 74.2 innings last year.
News: Joyce (hamstring) went 2-for-2 with a single, a home run and a walk in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians.
Impact: Joyce has played in just eight games this spring as the result of the injury, and while he should have enough time to be ready for Opening Day, the 30-year-old hasn't had much time to get work in against lefties, which may result in Joyce and Collin Cowgill beginning the season in a platoon in left field.
News: Calhoun (hand) returned to Cactus League action Wednesday, going 0-for-3 in the Angels' 4-3 win over the Indians.
Impact: Calhoun just missed one game after feeling something in his hand in Monday's spring game, so it appears he avoided any serious issues. The 27-year-old figures to be good to go for the remainder of the spring without any further restrictions as a result of this setback.
News: Santiago threw the ball well in a "B" game against the Indians on Wednesday, allowing just one earned run in six innings while striking out nine.
Impact: At this point, it looks as though Santiago has secured one of the two vacant rotation spots to begin the season. Andrew Heaney was expected to be the mainstay after Garrett Richards returns from knee surgery in early April, but the top prospect in the Angels' system has been pummeled for 13 runs in 14 innings this spring, which could allow Santiago to hang around if he can perform. It should be noted, though, that the Angels gave up a major piece of their infield in Howie Kendrick to acquire Heaney, which could make him the favorite by default.
News: Heaney struggled again Tuesday in a Cactus League outing against the Rangers, allowing four runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings.
Impact: Henaey appeared to have righted the ship Tuesday, as he had allowed just one run through four innings before allowing two homers in the fifth. Heaney is still expected to begin the season as a member of the starting rotation, but he may have left the door open for Nick Tropeano with his poor play this spring.
News: Butera was confirmed to be the club's Opening Day backup catcher by manager Mike Scioscia, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The move hardly comes as a surprise as Butera, who was acquired in a December trade with the Dodgers, is out of options so it was always likely that he'd start the season on the big league roster. The 31-year-old struggled in that capacity last season, slashing .188/.267/.288 in 61 games.