Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Santiago was pummeled again Friday.
Impact: Santiago couldn't record an out in the second inning of a disastrous start, as he was charged with six runs. You won't see him in the postseason unless he is in the stands with the paying public.
News: Hamilton (ribs) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Rangers.
Impact: This was to be expected, because while an MRI on Hamilton's abdominal area revealed just rib cage inflammation, he's experienced pain just breathing in recent days. The Angels can afford to take it slow with Hamilton with the AL West already wrapped up, making a return to the lineup Sunday seem like a bit of a long shot.
Brennan Boesch - #28 - Right Field - 6'4" - 235lbs
News: Boesch went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Rangers on Friday.
Impact: Boesch didn't have the best night in sum, as he struck out in each of his other three at-bats but was able to unload off Lisalverto Bonilla in the fifth inning for the two-run shot. The 29-year-old Boesch now has two home runs and three RBI in his last four games.
News: Santiago was hammered by the Rangers on Friday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in an inning-plus.
Impact: Santiago has really struggled in his last two outings, allowing nine earned runs in three-plus innings. He will need to try and pull it together in his last start of the season Wednesday against the A's, or he may find himself out of the rotation this postseason.
News: Hamilton has been diagnosed with rib cage inflammation, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: With Hamilton reporting trouble breathing in recent days, the Angels decided to send him for a CT scan on his abdominal area. Fortunately, only inflammation was found, but it's uncertain when he may be cleared to return to action. Shawn O'Malley has started the last two games in left field for the Angels.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | STATS
News: LeBlanc went 5 1-3 scoreless innings Thursday against Seattle but did not get a decision in a 3-1 loss.
Impact: LeBlanc (0-1, 5.24 ERA) pitched three-hit ball into the sixth inning of his second start for the major league-leading Los Angeles Angels, who scratched ace Jered Weaver and fielded a lineup of reserves a day after clinching the AL West title. LeBlanc gave up six runs in 3 1-3 innings in his other start for the Angels, a 7-1 loss to Miami on Aug. 25.
Drew Rucinski - #51 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 190lbs
News: Rucinski was recalled from Double-A Arkansas on Friday.
Impact: Rucinski made a brief appearance with the Angels in July, allowing two earned runs over an inning of work before being optioned back to Double-A. He will now get a chance to finish out the final couple weeks with the Angels, and could get a few chances to pitch as the team has already clinched the division.
News: Hamilton (chest/rib) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Rangers.
Impact: Just when it seemed like Hamilton was close to turning the page on his shoulder injury, he's now come down with a chest/rib cage issue, which will keep out Friday for a third straight day. It reportedly hurts him just to breathe, and while the team hasn't suggested as much, it seems like something that could endanger his availability for the rest of the regular season.
Hank Conger - #24 - Catcher - 6'1" - 220lbs
News: Conger went 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks in a loss to the Mariners on Thursday.
Impact: The homer was Conger's first since May 11. The 26-year-old is thought to be the heir apparent to the catcher position for the Halos, as he was a first-round draft pick in 2006, but his .625 OPS this season has allowed Chris Iannetta to receive the bulk of time behind the dish.
News: LeBlanc will start Tuesday against the A's, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Filling in for Jered Weaver, who was scratched after the team secured the AL West title Wednesday night, LeBlanc scattered three hits over 5.2 scoreless innings against the Mariners on Thursday. He in turn earned another start, but he's had trouble against the A's this season, with six earned runs allowed over just 7.1 innings.
News: Hamilton has been shut down for the rest of the regular season due to pain in his chest and ribs, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Impact: The injury is putting Hamilton's postseason involvement in question.
News: LeBlanc will start Thursday's game against Seattle after Jered Weaver was scratched.
Impact: LeBlanc (0-1) flopped in his first start for the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 25, giving up seven hits and six runs to Miami. The major league-leading Angels made the move one day after clinching the AL West with a 5-0 victory over Seattle and a loss by the Oakland Athletics. The move gives extra rest to Weaver (17-8) and allows the Angels to begin lining up their pitching rotation for the postseason.
News: The Los Angeles Angels have scratched ace Jered Weaver from his scheduled start Thursday against the Seattle Mariners. The Angels made the announcement six hours before game time. Wade LeBlanc will fill in against Felix Hernandez.
Impact: The major league-leading Angels made the move one day after clinching the AL West with a 5-0 victory over Seattle and a loss by the Oakland Athletics. The move gives extra rest to Weaver (17-8) and allows the Angels to begin lining up their pitching rotation for the postseason.
News: Weaver's next start has been rescheduled for Saturday against the Rangers, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Weaver was scratched from Thursday's start to get a bit of extra rest, as the Angels clinched an AL West title Wednesday, and manager Mike Scioscia was simply rewarding some of his key contributors. Weaver will take the hill Saturday, however, with his next start scheduled for the following Friday. After that, the plan for the Angels' veteran is to start Game 1 of the ALDS.
News: Updating a previous report, Hamilton is dealing with discomfort in his chest/rib cage area, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: It was initially thought that Hamilton had aggravated the shoulder injury that had limited him for most of September, but this now looks like to be an entirely different ailment. He underwent an MRI on Thursday that came back clean, but at this point, it's unclear when he'll be able to resume swinging a bat. As of Wednesday, it hurt him just to breathe, so it appears unlikely he'll be able to help fantasy owners much for the remainder of the 2014 regular season. Hamilton's postseason status is also up in the air at this point.
News: Hamilton is now experiencing soreness in a different part of his shoulder, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Impact: Hamilton has already missed the better part of September due to shoulder soreness, but it looks as if a different part of the same shoulder has flared up. After serving as the designated hitter Tuesday, Hamilton will have now once again missed back-to-back games, and could be in danger of missing additional time moving forward. The Halos' main goal is to get him ready for the postseason, but he may not be ready to play every day by that time. Hamilton will continue to undergo treatment, but he doesn't appear to be a high-percentage fantasy option for the remainder of the regular season.
News: Cron went 2 for 3 with a three-run homer in Wednesday's 5-0 win over Seattle.
Impact: Cron is batting .318 with five extra-base hits - two homers - and five RBIs in six games against the Mariners this year.
News: Wilson threw seven innings of one-hit ball to beat Seattle 5-0 on Wednesday.
Impact: Wilson has now won three straight starts behind a 2.45 ERA.
News: Iannetta is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
Impact: Hank Conger will draw another start behind the plate, with Iannetta sitting following the team's division-clinching win Wednesday night.
News: Freese is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
Impact: Freese will put his eight-game hitting streak on hold, with manager Mike Scioscia resting his regulars a day after securing the AL West title. It's been a rather tumultuous season for the 31-year-old Freese, but he is batting .353/.400/.608 so far this month and will head into the postseason as the team's clear No. 1 option at the hot corner.
Erick Aybar - #2 - Short Stop - 5'10" - 180lbs
News: Aybar is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
Impact: Aybar will join the rest of the regulars on the bench Thursday, a day after the team secured its first AL West crown since 2009. Gordon Beckham will get the start at short, his first at the position in the major leagues.
News: Kendrick is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
Impact: Mariners starter Felix Hernandez will face what amounts to a Triple-A lineup, as manager Mike Scioscia has decided to rest his regulars after wrapping up the AL West title Wednesday night. Grant Green will man second base in Kendrick's absence, with C.J. Cron batting cleanup.
News: Hamilton is out of the Angels' lineup again Thursday.
Impact: Unlike the rest of the Angels' starters, Hamilton's absence may not be strictly for rest purposes, as he also sat Wednesday for maintenance on his ailing shoulder. However, it seems likely Hamilton will play as much as he can over the final week, as he looks to regain his timing before the postseason gets underway.
News: Calhoun is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
Impact: With the Angels securing the AL West crown with a win and an A's loss Wednesday, manager Mike Scioscia can afford to give his starters a much-deserved day of rest. Brennan Boesch will man right field Thursday, as Tony Campana steps in atop the order.
News: Pujols is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
Impact: As is custom the day after a division-clinching win, manager Mike Scioscia is resting his regulars after securing the AL West crown Wednesday night. Efren Navarro will take over at first base, with Brennan Boesch batting third in Pujols' absence.
News: Trout is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
Impact: Manager Mike Scioscia will reward his regulars with a day off Thursday, after the team clinched the AL West title Wednesday night. Tony Campana will replace Trout in center, as Gordon Beckham slots into the two-hole in the order to face right-hander Felix Hernandez.
News: LeBlanc will start Thursday against the Mariners, Pedroa Moura of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The plan was for LeBlanc to start Saturday in place of Matt Shoemaker (oblique), but after the team secured the AL West title Wednesday night, manager Mike Scioscia changed course. Scioscia will now start LeBlanc on Thursday and push Weaver back, likely to Sunday or Monday, lining him up to start the opener of the ALDS.
News: Weaver has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Mariners, Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: With the Angels wrapping up the AL West crown Wednesday night, manager Mike Scioscia has decided to reward Weaver, and likely most of his regulars, with some extra rest. Lefty Wade LeBlanc, who was expected to start Saturday in place of Matt Shoemaker (oblique), will now toe the rubber Thursday opposite Felix Hernandez. It's uncertain when Weaver will start next, but it will probably be either Sunday or Monday, as he would then be lined up to start Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 2.
News: Cron went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.
Impact: Cron's three-run shot broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Angels a 4-0 lead which allowed them to cruise to the AL West title. Cron will likely remain a part-time player for the rest of the season, but his prodigious power potential could make him a nice asset in the playoffs.
News: Wilson pitched seven scoreless innings while striking out seven and allowing just one hit and three walks in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.
Impact: Wilson was on his game Wednesday, tossing his first scoreless outing since a May 17 shutout against the Rays to lead the Angels to the AL West title. The 33-year-old has largely struggled this season, as he hasn't had a monthly ERA under 4.00 since May, but the solid outing is encouraging, as he could be an important piece of the rotation in the postseason with Garrett Richards (knee) out for the year and Matt Shoemaker's (oblique) availability in question. Wilson will face the A's on Monday.
News: LeBlanc will start Saturday against the Rangers, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: An oblique strain will prevent Matt Shoemaker from taking the hill, thus opening the door for LeBlanc to make his second start for the big club this season. He'll oppose right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla, who will be filling in for Scott Baker (triceps). LeBlanc has struggled to the tune of a 6.88 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 17 major league innings this season, and almost certainly will not be included on the team's postseason roster.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Since Hamilton just returned Tuesday from a lengthy absence due to a shoulder injury, it appears manager Mike Scioscia just didn't want to use him back-to-back days right away. Collin Cowgill will cover left field for him Wednesday.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rasmus allowed just one hit while striking out four over four innings against the Mariners on Tuesday.
Impact: Rasmus had what may have been the best outing of his career Tuesday, but his lack of endurance cost him and the Angels, as he was was forced to give way to a bullpen that allowed 13 runs over the remaining five innings. Rasmus threw just 43 pitches in the outing but will likely be stretched out further with a couple more starts this season, as Matt Shoemaker will miss his next turn with an oblique strain.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Shoemaker is expected to miss at least one turn in the rotation because of a mild strain on his left side.
Impact: Angels manager Mike Scioscia made the announcement Tuesday, one day after his team became the first in the majors to clinch a playoff spot this season.
News: Shoemaker (oblique) will miss his next start, Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Although Shoemaker's MRI revealed just a "very mild" oblique strain, the team will play it safe and skip the right-hander at least one time through the rotation. A replacement was not immediately named. Beyond the one start, Shoemaker's status is uncertain, but he did say that he expects to be ready to go come the postseason.
News: Shoemaker has been diagnosed with a left oblique strain, but he described it as "very mild," Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The Angels sent Shoemaker for an MRI after he left Monday's start early, and the results were generally positive. Shoemaker is not sure whether he'll be able to make his next start, but he described himself as just day-to-day and seems to have little doubt that he'll be ready to contribute in the postseason.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners.
Impact: Manager Mike Scioscia had previously indicated that Wednesday was the earliest possible date for Hamilton's return, but the 33-year-old will step back in at DH Tuesday to face Mariners lefty Roenis Elias after being treated with a pair of cortisone shots last week. Hamilton will return to the No. 6 spot in the order, with Scioscia likely to continue riding with Howie Kendrick in the cleanup spot for the foreseeable future.
News: Pujols (hamstring) is in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners.
Impact: Pujols grabbed at his left hamstring as he made his way to second base in the third inning of Monday's game, but the official diagnosis was just a cramp and he won't even miss a start as a result. The Angels will also get Josh Hamilton (shoulder) back, a day after becoming the first team to clinch a postseason birth.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Shoemaker threw 7 2-3 innings of one-run ball to beat Seattle 8-1 on Monday.
Impact: Shoemaker improved to 7-0 with a 1.29 ERA over his last eight starts. His next one, though, could be in question after feeling discomfort in his left side after his final pitch.
News: Freese went 1-for-4 with a home run in a win over the Mariners on Monday.
Impact: Freese continued his tremendous production in the September, as he has tallied three home runs in his last eight games, notching nine RBI over that span. The third baseman extended his hitting streak to six games with the solo shot.
Brennan Boesch - #28 - Right Field - 6'4" - 235lbs
News: Boesch went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Mariners on Monday.
Impact: Boesch has seen limited action since being called up Sept. 2, as he came into the contest with two hits in 17 at-bats over that span. The left-hander slugged .636 with 25 homers in 95 games at Triple-A Salt Lake this season, but will likely be a part-time player for the Halos in the final two weeks of the season.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Pujols has left the Los Angeles Angels' game against Seattle due to a cramp in his left hamstring while running out a bases-clearing double. Pujols left in the third inning Monday night after his three-run drive down the left-field line. The three-time NL MVP held the back of his left leg as he slowly jogged to second base while Mike Trout slid under the cutoff man's throw at home.
Impact: Pujols has 97 RBIs this season. His three-run double tied him with Mike Schmidt for 35th place in baseball history with 1,595 RBIs.
News: Shoemaker was removed from a game against the Mariners on Monday due to an issue with his rib cage, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Shoemaker cruised through 7.2 innings Monday, allowing just one run and striking out five before being lifted from the contest. The 27-year-old wanted to keep pitching, which may indicate that he is dealing with a minor ailment, but as important as he has been to the Angels down the stretch, the team will likely take no chances where his health is concerned. He will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.
News: Pujols suffered a left hamstring cramp in Monday's contest against the Mariners.
Impact: Pujols seemingly tweaked the hamstring after legging out a bases-clearing triple, but it sounds like dehydration is to blame here. The Angels surely dodged a bullet, as Pujols has been bothered by hamstring issues in the past, but he looks to have avoided any more serious complications, such as a strain. Manager Mike Scioscia may still hold him out of the lineup for a day or two as a precaution, but it sounds like the Angels aren't fearing the extended absence of one of their major offensive weapons as the playoffs approach.
News: Pujols left Monday's game against the Mariners with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
Impact: Pujols' night turned sour in a matter of seconds Monday, as he hurt the hamstring while legging out a three-RBI double in the third inning. There is no word regarding the severity of the injury at this time, but the Angels likely don't want to risk the health of one of their best hitters as they gear up for what will almost certainly be a playoff run, which could have factored into his removal from the contest.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) could return as the designated hitter as early as Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Hamilton, who will miss his 11th straight game Monday night, was very encouraged by a recent workout and believes he may be ready to return Wednesday. "Hopefully this is a breakthrough day for him as far as his health," manager Mike Scioscia said. "His workout was incredible. He was running well and swinging the bat great. There's no doubt he's close to being able to DH." Scioscia indicated that Hamilton will still be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. Even if Hamilton does return Wednesday, it would likely be at least another week before he's able to play the field, as he's yet to resume throwing. "There's no pain it's just a little sore and tight but it's all good," Hamilton said. "It's definitely moving in the right direction. If I do tomorrow what I did today and it feels good the next day, I wouldn't see a problem playing Wednesday night, at least as a DH."
Collin Cowgill - #7 - Right Field - 5'9" - 184lbs
News: Cowgill is not in the lineup Monday against the Mariners, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Cowgill had started the previous eight games while Josh Hamilton deals with a shoulder issue. He'll get the night off Monday as the Angels go with Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout and Efren Navarro in the starting outfield.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Mariners, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Hamilton will miss his 11th straight game while battling a shoulder issue. The team did not provide an update on his status, specifically, and it remains unknown when he'll return to the lineup. Collin Cowgill had been getting most of the starts in left field in Hamilton's place, but Efren Navarro gets the nod Monday against Seattle starter Hishahi Iwakuma.
News: Santiago was roughed up by the Astros on Sunday, allowing three runs on five hits in two-plus innings en route to his eighth loss of the season. He walked five and struck out four in the contest.
Impact: Santiago simply didn't have it Sunday, as it took him 82 pitches to complete the shortened outing. The 26-year-old recently voiced a desire to be given more length on the mound, but he certainly didn't do himself any favors in that regard in this contest. He will attempt to put the ugly outing behind him when he takes a 3.55 ERA into a matchup against the Rangers on Friday.
Sun. Sep 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Trout homered twice in Saturday's win over Houston.
Impact: He's batting .423 with seven RBIs in his last seven games. His 34 home runs and 107 RBIs are both career bests.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, according to Eric Kay of the Angels' official website.
Impact: Sunday's game will be the 10th in a row that Hamilton has missed, and it remains to be seen when he will be able to get back in the lineup. Collin Cowgill will get another start in left field in Hamilton's place.
News: Street pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday, giving up a hit and striking out one to pick up the save against the Astros.
Impact: Bothered by a hamstring issue and forced to miss the last five games, Street returned Saturday and pitched for the first time in seven days. He picked up his 38th save of the season - including his 14th with the Angels - and looked healthy. For the season, he has a 1.31 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and a 52:13 K:BB ratio.
News: Trout went 3-for-3 with two home runs, three runs and two RBI on Saturday in a win over the Astros.
Impact: Trout homered in his first two at-bats for his third career multi-homer game. It was the 33rd and 34th home run of the season for Trout, who has hit 23 of his homers this season to either tie the game or give the Angels the lead. He's batting .290 with 107 runs, 107 RBI and 14 stolen bases.
News: Weaver allowed a walk, four hits and one run in seven innings to go with a season-high 12 strikeouts in a win over the Astros on Saturday.
Impact: Weaver got his AL-leading 17th win of the season, as the red-hot Angels won their 10th in a row. Over his past 17 starts, he is 10-2 with a 3.35 ERA.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) is out of the Angels' lineup again Saturday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: As expected, Hamilton will remain out Saturday, and manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged Friday that he's "unsure" of the slugger's status for the rest of the season. Hamilton's ailing shoulder was treated with a pair of cortisone shots Wednesday, and he'll likely need a couple more days before he can even resume baseball activities.
News: Trout went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI, and two runs scored in a win over the Astros on Friday.
Impact: Trout tallied his second triple in his last four games Friday. The 23-year-old has begun to turn it on in the month of September, having recorded multi-hit games in four of his last six contests.
News: Calhoun went 3-for-4 with with three runs scored and two RBI in a win over the Astros on Friday.
Impact: Calhoun extended his hitting streak to eight games Saturday. He's 15-for-37 with 14 runs scored and nine RBI over that span.
News: Freese went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a win over the Astros on Friday.
Impact: Freese has struggled for most of the season but is finding his stroke in the month of September, having hit .360/.429/.640 with two home runs in 35 at-bats this month.
News: Wilson allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings to pick up a win over the Astros on Friday. He struck out six and walked three in the contest.
Impact: Wilson didn't look as though he would be able to hang around long after allowing two runs and five hits over the first two innings, but he was able to pull it together, as he didn't permit an earned run in his last three frames. After striking out 12 batters in his last 11.1 innings, he'll take a 4.61 ERA into his next start against the Mariners on Wednesday.
News: Cron (wrist) returned Friday against the Astros, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the contest.
Impact: Cron had missed the last few games due to an injured wrist but should get his share of at-bats as a part-time player down the stretch as long as he's healthy.
News: Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that he is "unsure" of Hamilton's (shoulder) status for the rest of the season, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Impact: Hamilton missed his eighth consecutive game Friday due to the ailment, and while a precise prognosis is still unknown, the 33-year-old will not be available for at least the next few days.
News: Thatcher was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Friday.
Impact: Thatcher will add another arm to the Angels bullpen for the remainder of the season, and he could extend that into the postseason with a good showing in September.
News: Pujols went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in a win over the Rangers on Thursday.
Impact: Pujols' hot hitting of late came to a screeching halt Thursday, as he struck out four times in a game for the first time in his career. Despite the off night, Pujols has put together a bounce-back season in 2014, tallying 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 144 games.
Erick Aybar - #2 - Short Stop - 5'10" - 180lbs
News: Aybar went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Rangers on Thursday.
Impact: The homer was Aybar's first since June 29. While Aybar's power output has cooled off in recent months, the 30-year-old has already surpassed his career highs in both RBI (66) and runs scored (73) this season. He will take a five-game hitting streak into action Friday.
Michael Morin - #64 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 218lbs
News: Morin picked up the win against the Rangers on Thursday, allowing a walk over 1.1 innings of work.
Impact: It seems that Cory Rasmus will continue to start games for the Angels in place of Garrett Richards (knee) for the foreseeable future, meaning that an Angels' reliever will be eligible to pick up a win every fifth day. The wheel stopped on Morin on Thursday, as he came on to record the last out of the fifth inning before holding the Rangers scoreless in the sixth. Morin has pitched well for the Halos this season, notching a 2.39 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.
News: Cron has been unavailable for the past few days due to a sore wrist, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Injuries to Cron's elbow and wrist have limited him to just 10 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sept. 2, but the team expects that he will be able to play in some capacity this weekend.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Cron has a sore wrist.
Impact: Consider Cron day to day.
News: Rasmus started Thursday's game at Texas, allowing a run on two hits over 3.1 innings. He struck out three, throwing 49 pitches.
Impact: Rasmus isn't stretched out, so it's not a surprise that the Angels turned to the bullpen early. The 26-year old righty is scheduled to make two starts next week, but it's hard to imagine him pitching five innings to even have a shot at a win. Thus, he's really not a viable fantasy option unless you're desperate for every single inning you can get.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) will be out "the next couple games" according to manager Mike Scioscia, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Hamilton received two cortisone shots in his right shoulder Wednesday, so it's not surprising to see him set to miss a few days of action. There's still a chance he returns Saturday or Sunday against the Astros, but it will depend on how his body responds to the treatment. Even if the soreness keeps him out for the entire weekend series, the team remains confident that he'll return at some point during the regular season.
Joe Smith - #38 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 205lbs
News: Smith could be called upon in a save situation Thursday against the Rangers, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: With Huston Street still down with a right hamstring injury, Smith figures to get the first crack at closing as a result. As either a part-time closer or setup man this season, Smith has been magnificent, carrying a 1.95 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 64:13 K:BB over 69.1 innings.
Collin Cowgill - #7 - Right Field - 5'9" - 184lbs
News: Cowgill will make his fifth straight start in the outfield Thursday against the Rangers, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Josh Hamilton's absence due to a shoulder injury has paved the way for Cowgill to pick up consistent starts, and he's made the most of it to date. He's batting 4-for-15 with a homer, four RBI, two runs and a stolen base during his previous four starts. It remains uncertain when or if Hamilton will return to the lineup before the season is out, perhaps making Cowgill an intriguing pickup in AL-only or deeper formats.
News: Iannetta is out of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Iannetta will turn over catching duties to Hank Conger for the day as the Angels continue their timeshare at catcher. For fantasy purposes, Iannetta has been the superior fantasy option of the two backstops, batting .258 with seven homers, 43 RBI and three stolen bases over 279 at-bats.
Ryan Wheeler - #44 - Third Base - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Wheeler was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Impact: Wheeler once held some promise as a prospect while coming up through the Diamondbacks' system, but it appears his promising numbers in the minors were merely a creation of the Pacific Coast League. He's never experienced much success during his time in the big leagues, producing a .233/.280/.335 line in 225 career plate appearances.
News: Pujols went 3-for-6 with a triple, a double, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Impact: Pujols had three chances at a cycle after getting hits in his first three at-bats of the contest, but proceeded to hit ground balls in those appearances. The triple was his first since 2010. Pujols now has 11 hits in his last 25 at-bats.
News: Calhoun went 2-for-6 with a home run and a double in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Impact: Calhoun continues to show his power stroke, having now homered in three consecutive games. The 26-year-old may not offer many stolen bases from the leadoff spot, but has certainly been productive of late, as he enters Thursday's contest with a six-game hitting streak.
News: Shoemaker allowed a run on seven hits in 6.2 innings to pick up a win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Impact: Shoemaker bounced back nicely from his four-inning performance against the Twins on Sept. 5, but he was still without his strikeout pitch, and has now fanned just four batters in his last 10.2 innings. However he got it done, Shoemaker picked up his 15th win of the season Wednesday. He will take a 3.16 ERA into a start against the Mariners on Monday.
News: Calhoun went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday.
Impact: Calhoun has now homered in back-to-back contests, tallying nine hits and five RBI in 23 at-bats during a five-game hitting streak.
News: Santiago allowed one run on five hits and one walk, while striking out two over five innings, in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday.
Impact: Santiago seems to be getting frustrated with the lack of length he is afforded on a start-by-start basis, as he told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, "I feel like I can go more, but hey, who am I?" Manager Mike Scioscia said that Santiago's leash in games will continue to be decided by matchups and situations. Santiago will take a 3.38 ERA into his next start against the Astros on Sunday.
News: Street was not available Wednesday, and will not be available Thursday, due to lingering soreness in his hamstring, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Street said earlier Wednesday that he was totally healthy, but apparently that was not the case, as he will miss additional time due to his sore hamstring. The Angels will need Street healthy for the playoffs, so expect them to give him as much time as he needs to recover from his setback.
News: Street (hamstring) said Wednesday that he is back to 100 percent health, and should be available out of the Angels' bullpen going forward, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.
Impact: He was dealing with a tight hamstring Tuesday, but it wasn't expected to be a lingering issue, and indeed he'll resume his role as the Angels' closer.
News: Hamilton received two cortisone shots in his shoulder Tuesday and is expected to miss the remainder of the series against the Rangers, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Hamilton hasn't been in the starting lineup since he was scratched Sunday due to neck and shoulder stiffness, and it looks like he'll miss at least another day or two. Depending on how his body responds to the treatment, he could return to the Angels' outfield at some point during the upcoming three-game series against the Astros. Colin Cowgill should continue to see additional reps in Hamilton's stead.
News: Iannetta is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports.
Impact: Iannetta did not play in the last two games, possibly due to a hand injury. However, his inclusion in Wednesday's lineup should eliminate any health concerns. Iannetta will hit seventh Wednesday against Rangers starter Nick Tepesch.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times.
Impact: Hamilton will miss his sixth straight game Wednesday. Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that Hamilton's shoulder is not showing much improvement, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss a few more games as well. Expect Collin Cowgill to continue serving as the Angels' regular left fielder until Hamilton is able to return.
News: Street is dealing with a tight right hamstring, but he should be available Wednesday, the L.A. Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports.
Impact: This was announced following Wednesday's game, during which, Street was not needed as the Angels won by six runs. This is more of a bookkeeping note, as it sounds like the Angels just didn't want to have to use Street on Tuesday, but owners should expect him to be deployed if a save situation arises on Wednesday.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Pujols went 3 for 5 with a three-run homer in Monday's win in Cleveland.
Impact: Pujols is 8 for 14 with two home runs and seven RBIs in his last three games.
News: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that Hamilton (shoulder) is not improving, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Scioscia admitted that "there's concern" within the organization in regard to Hamilton's lack of progress with his right shoulder, though he did not indicate what the next step may be for the 33-year-old. That said, Hamilton is set to miss a fifth straight start Tuesday and a return before the end of the Rangers series seems unlikely in light of this news.
News: Iannetta is not in the Angels' lineup Tuesday for the second straight day, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports.
Impact: The reason for Iannetta's absence is uncertain, but the report suggests that he may be dealing with a sore left wrist after being hit by a pitch there Sunday. Keep tabs on Iannetta's status if he is part of your fantasy team.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez.
Impact: Hamilton will miss his fifth straight game Tuesday night. He continues to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, but it remains to be seen when he will play next.
News: Calhoun went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run, two walks and two runs scored in a win over the Twins on Monday.
Impact: Calhoun has tallied eight hits in 18 at-bats over a four-game hitting streak. The 26-year-old now has 14 homers and 51 RBI in 108 games this season.
News: Freese went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a win over the Indians on Monday.
Impact: Freese has made the 0-for-20 slump he carried into September seem like a distant memory, as he is currently in the midst of a five-game hitting streak, having tallied eight hits in 18 at-bats over that span. The home run from Freese on Monday was his first since July 29.
News: Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Indians on Monday.
Impact: Kendrick has come alive in the last three games, tallying 10 hits and nine RBI in that span. He has now homered in back-to-back contests for the first time this season. The 31-year-old has been a major part of an offensive juggernaut that has scored 41 runs in the last four games.
News: Pujols went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in a win over the Indians on Monday.
Impact: Pujols is in the middle of a five-game hitting streak, but has been particularly impressive in the last three contests. He's tallied eight hits in 14 at-bats over that span, including two doubles, two homers and seven RBI.
News: Weaver allowed three runs on six hits in six innings to pick up a win against the Indians on Monday. He struck out two and walked two in the contest.
Impact: Weaver blanked the Indians for the first four innings before allowing three runs in his final two frames. The effort was enough to allow Weaver to secure his 16th win of the season, which leads the American League. He will take a 3.58 ERA into his next start against the Astros on Saturday.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton returned to the lineup against Seattle, batting sixth for the runaway AL West leaders.
Impact: He had missed 11 games because of an injured right shoulder.
Ryan Wheeler - #44 - Third Base - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Wheeler was designated for assignment by the Angels on Monday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Wheeler was designated for assignment to make room for Jairo Diaz on the active roster. The 25-year-old third baseman hit just .232/.281/.375 with the Rockies in 31 games this season, before being designated for assignment and subsequently claimed by the Angels. He hit .326/.373/.402 over 25 games with Triple-A Salt Lake, but it wasn't enough to keep him on the Angels' 40-man roster.
News: Thatcher (ankle) will meet with the Angels on Tuesday to be evaluated. The outcome will result in him either being activated or throwing a simulated game, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Thatcher will join the Angels' bullpen if he's activated, or will need to throw a simulated game in preparation for activation at a later point. The veteran pitcher will also provide some added experience to the bullpen, and could be a candidate to stay on the team for the postseason.
Jairo Diaz - #49 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 195lbs
News: Diaz had his contract purchased from Double-A Arkansas on Monday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Diaz will join the Angels' bullpen as they look to continue to stay atop the AL West. He pitched his way to a career-best 2.20 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with Double-A Arkansas, and also posted a career-high 13.2 K/9 rate.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) is out of the lineup again Monday against the Indians.
Impact: Hamilton didn't play Friday or Saturday because of a sore shoulder, but was placed on the lineup card Sunday before being scratched. He is out again Monday, with Collin Cowgill playing left field in his place. The 33-year-old outfielder has seen his offensive numbers dip since moving to Los Angeles, hitting .263/.331/.415 this season and about the same the season before after coming off his best year as a pro in 2012. Injuries haven't helped his cause, as he has only played in 88 games this season for the Angels.
News: Cron went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Twins on Sunday.
Impact: Cron has just eight at-bats since being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sept. 2 due to a sore elbow, but he has made the most of his time at the plate, tallying four hits in that span. He has now started in back-to-back contests, but will likely be a part-time player for the Halos down the stretch.
News: Trout went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored and a walk in a win over the Twins on Sunday.
Impact: Trout has been scuffling in September, as he came into the contest with just three hits in 21 at-bats, but he was able to join the onslaught Sunday, as the Halos put up crooked numbers in four separate innings in the contest. Trout now has 32 home runs and 102 RBI, both of which are career highs for the 23-year-old.
News: Kendrick went 3-for-4 with an RBI triple and a home run in the Angels' 14-4 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Impact: Kendrick now has 10 hits and 10 RBIs in his last four games. The streak comes after a weak August that saw him bat .241 for the month. The home run was his first since June 17.
News: Wilson allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out six in 6.1 innings in the Angels' 14-4 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Impact: After failing to pitch six innings in either of his last two starts, Wilson turned in a solid performance to pick up his first win since Aug. 18.
News: Hamilton, who was scratched from Sunday's lineup, is dealing with stiffness in his right shoulder and neck, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: It looks to be a minor flare-up of the shoulder issue Hamilton has been dealing with since Friday. He received trigger-point injections to treat muscle knots after experiencing tightness during batting practice. Consider Hamilton day-to-day until the team releases further information.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) was a late scratch from the lineup Sunday, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Hamilton was scheduled to return to the lineup Sunday, but must have suffered a setback before the game as he will now take the day off Sunday. Grant Green will start in left field in Hamilton's place and bat seventh for the Angels.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Twins, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Hamilton will return to the lineup after missing both Friday and Saturday because of a shoulder injury, but will be back in Sunday for the series finale against the Twins. The 33-year-old outfielder is hitting .263/.331/.415 this season for the Angels.
News: Calhoun is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Calhoun will take the day off Sunday with the left-handed Logan Darnell on the mound for the Twins. Collin Cowgill will start in right field and bat ninth for the Angels.
News: Thatcher (ankle) allowed two runs on two hits in an inning for Double-A Arkansas on Sunday.
Impact: Thatcher pitched in a live game for the first time since Aug. 2. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, manager Mike Scioscia said that the length of Thatcher's rehab stint will be determined by how he looks on the mound and how he feels after each outing. He tallied a 3.00 ERA in time split between the Angels and the Diamondbacks before being sidelined with the injury.
Joe Smith - #38 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 205lbs
News: Smith allowed a hit and a walk and struck out one in one inning en route to picking up a win against the Twins on Saturday.
Impact: Smith received his second win in three games Saturday, as he was able to keep the Twins off the board in the eighth inning before Albert Pujols' double in the top of the ninth gave the Halos the lead. There is certainly no guarantee that Smith will continue to factor into decisions, but he may have a better chance at doing so when Garrett Richards' (knee) spot comes up in the rotation, as manager Mike Scioscia seems content to turn those contests into bullpen days for the time being.
News: Street allowed two hits in an inning of work to record his 37th save of the season Saturday.
Impact: Street hasn't quite been his reliable self of late, as he's allowed two runs and six hits (eight baserunners) in his last three appearances. Despite the blip in effectiveness, Street is likely in no danger of losing his job, as he still holds a 1.33 ERA in time split between the Angels and Padres this season.
News: Kendrick went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, three RBI and a run scored in a win over the Twins on Saturday.
Impact: Kendrick hit his first triple since May 19 in the breakout performance. The 31-year-old's five home runs in 550 at-bats this season may be a letdown for owners, but he has found ways to provide value, as his .282 batting average is tied for fifth among those at the keystone in 2014. He also ranks sixth in the league at second base with 60 RBI.
News: Rasmus allowed two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings against the Twins on Saturday. He walked three and did not strike out a batter in the contest.
Impact: Any hope of Rasmus being stretched out to add value as a starter down the stretch were likely dashed Saturday, as he was pulled after just 36 pitches. The 26-year-old could be a candidate to begin another contest on the mound for the Halos this week, but it would almost certainly be a bullpen game after Rasmus was unable to get out of the second inning Saturday.
News: Pujols had a big night at the plate Saturday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and three runs scored in a win over the Twins.
Impact: It was a special night for Pujols, who tallied his 2,500th career hit and his 1,500th run scored, while also notching the go-ahead two-run double in the top of the ninth. Pujols is now on pace to hit the 100-RBI mark this season and could be a big factor for the Angels down the stretch as they look to pull away from the A's in the race for the division title in the AL West.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez.
Impact: The Angels were hoping Hamilton would be able to return sometime this weekend, but he won't do so Saturday. Assuming he's just getting one more day to rest, he should be on track to play in Sunday's series finale.
News: Hamilton (shoulder) took swings Saturday and is unsure if he'll be ready to return to the lineup Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: A final decision will likely come down a couple hours prior to game time Sunday, but consider Hamilton questionable for the Halos' series finale with the Twins.
Kevin Jepsen - #40 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 230lbs
News: Jepsen retired the side in order to pick up his second save of the season Friday against the Astros.
Impact: Jepsen was the beneficiary of a shaky night from Huston Street, as he came on in the 10th inning after Street blew the lead in the ninth. A strong performer this year for the Angels, Jepsen has tallied a 1.96 ERA and 20 holds in 59.2 innings, but it seems likely that his save opportunities will be few and far between going forward.
News: Calhoun went 3-for-6 with a double, a triple, four runs scored, and two RBI in a win over the Astros on Friday. He also stole a base in the contest.
Impact: Calhoun was all over the stat sheet Friday, as he scored four runs in a contest for the second time this season, while swiping his first bag since Aug. 6. He's now hitting .280/.330/.455 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI in 411 at-bats in 2014.
News: Shoemaker allowed three runs on six hits over four innings en route to a no decision against the Astros on Friday.
Impact: Shoemaker didn't seem to have his bearings Friday, as the three walks he surrendered equaled his total from his previous three starts combined. He also struck out just two in the contest, his lowest such mark in a start since Aug. 1. Despite the shaky performance, Shoemaker has been awfully good for the Halos of late, as he tallied a 1.31 ERA in six starts last month. He'll take a 3.25 ERA into an outing against the Rangers on Wednesday.