Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Shoemaker said he's feeling fine and may even pitch in Game 2 of the AL Division Series. He hasn't been in a game since Sept. 15 because of a mild oblique strain on his left side.
Impact: Shoemaker threw during a bullpen session Tuesday and later seemed confident there would be no setbacks.
News: Hamilton (ribs) appears to be good to go for the ALDS, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Hamilton said "thumbs up" after going through a full on-field workout Tuesday, which included live hitting off teammate Drew Rucinski, reinforcing his comments from earlier in the day that he felt confident he would be fine for Game 1. Hitting coach Don Baylor has concurred, so look for Hamilton to man left field and bat either six or seventh in the order Thursday.
News: Shoemaker (oblique) said his bullpen session Tuesday went "great" and he has "no doubt all all" he'll pitch in the ALDS, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The right-hander missed his final two starts of the regular season due to an oblique strain, but he appears on track to start Sunday's Game 3 of the ALDS, after making it through Tuesday's bullpen without issue. Manager Mike Scioscia has yet to formally announce his starters beyond Jered Weaver in Game 1. Shoemaker proved to be a crucial piece in the team's AL-West-winning puzzle, going 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 124 strikeouts across 136 innings this season.
News: Hamilton (ribs) is confident he'll play in Thursday's Game 1 of the ALDS, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Hamilton missed 22 of the team's final 23 games of the regular season due to shoulder and rib ailments, but he received a series of pain-killing injections last week and it seems the treatment is working. The five-time All-Star said he felt good during batting practice Monday and is now set to face live pitching Tuesday, as he looks to convince the coaching and training staffs that he is indeed good to go.
News: Shoemaker (oblique) is on track to start Game 3 of the ALDS, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
Impact: This isn't official, but that is how the Angels' rotation projects out. He played catch Monday and will throw a bullpen session Tuesday if he feels good.
News: Hamilton (ribs) will be thrown batting practice over the next few days and the decision about whether or not to put him on the ALDS roster will hinge on how he looks, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
Impact: Even if he were to make the postseason roster, there's a chance he wouldn't be used as an everyday player based on how much he has struggled. Collin Cowgill still figures to see a lot of the action in left field.
News: Shoemaker (oblique) played catch Monday and will throw a bullpen session Tuesday if he feels good, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.
Impact: He continues to throw and it is looking more and more likely that he will be able to be used in some fashion during the postseason.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Trout was 0 for 2 with a strikeout in Sunday's season-closing loss to the Mariners.
Impact: The Angels hope Trout can rediscover his form for the postseason. He batted just .207 with 15 strikeouts over his final 10 games.
News: Rasmus allowed two runs on three hits over three innings pitched in a loss to the Mariners in the final game of the season Sunday. He struck out three and walked one in the contest.
Impact: Rasmus performed admirably in six starts this season after Garrett Richards suffered a season-ending knee injury, but hasn't pitched more than four innings in an outing, which may limit his usefulness as a starter in the postseason. He ends 2014 with a 2.57 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 56 innings.
Sun. Sep 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Trout went 0 for 3 with a walk Saturday.
Impact: Trout is 6 for 27 with 14 strikeouts in his last nine games and he may be looking for answers heading into his first postseason.
Sun. Sep 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Wilson pitched well Saturday.
Impact: Wilson gave up one run in six innings as he tunes up for the postseason.
News: Shoemaker (oblique) threw a successful bullpen session Sunday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Shoemaker needed this bullpen session to go well in order to prove to manager Mike Scioscia that he could be counted on in a playoff start, and it appears he did just that. Provided he didn't experience any unnoticed setbacks, look for the 28-year-old righty to join the Halos' postseason rotation.
News: Hamilton (ribs) is expected to face live pitching Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: If everything goes according to plan, Hamilton will take batting practice both Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of replicating live game action Wednesday. He'll need to get through that successfully if the Angels want to count on using him in the playoffs.
Chris Iannetta - #17 - Catcher - 6'0" - 230lbs
News: Iannetta is out of Sunday's lineup against the Mariners.
Impact: Hank Conger will take over behind the plate with Iannetta sitting for the regular-season finale. Iannetta still figures to be the starting playoff catcher for the Halos.
News: Wilson allowed just one run on four hits in six innings but did not earn a decision against the Mariners on Saturday. He struck out three and walked two in the contest.
Impact: Wilson bounced back nicely from his shortest outing of the season last Monday, holding Seattle scoreless for six frames before a walk and an RBI double drove him from the contest. Wilson finished the 2014 regular season with a 4.51 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 175.2 innings. He is expected to start Game 2 of the ALDS.
News: Pujols was removed by manager Mike Scioscia in the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Mariners to rest, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Pujols, who was replaced by Tony Campana at first base, failed to reach base in four at-bats, but the move was simply to rest.
News: Trout was removed in the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Mariners to rest up, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Trout, who was replaced by Shawn O'Malley, didn't record a hit in three at-bats and struck out once Saturday, but the move was simply a decision from manager Mike Scioscia.
News: Shoemaker (oblique) will likely throw a bullpen session Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Shoemaker went through a long toss session Saturday and reported a little tightness, but he feels it'll go away shortly. He won't be available for Sunday's season finale but could have a chance to pitch when the postseason begins later next week.
Sat. Sep 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Weaver failed to get his 19th win Friday.
Impact: Weaver gave up three homers in six innings in his first start since being slowed by the flu. Manager Mike Scioscia was hoping to get him enough work to be ready for the postseason, but Weaver allowed three or more homers for the eighth time in his career. Weaver set a new career high with 27 home runs allowed this season.
News: Hamilton (ribs) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalea.
Impact: Hamilton was scheduled to take swings Saturday, but it appears he's still not ready to return to the lineup. He'll have just once more chance to play before the regular season comes to a close.
Kole Calhoun - #56 - Right Field - 5'10" - 190lbs
News: Calhoun went 1-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Mariners on Friday.
Impact: Calhoun has put together a representative showing in his first season as an everyday player, tallying a .785 OPS with 17 home runs in 125 games.
News: Trout went 1-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Mariners on Friday.
Impact: Trout will have two more games to build his counting stats for the MVP voters. Heading into Saturday's contest, he sports a .945 OPS with 36 home runs, 111 RBI, and 115 runs scored.
News: Weaver allowed four runs on nine hits over six innings to take a loss in his final start of the season against the Mariners on Friday. He struck out five and walked two.
Impact: Weaver was dealing with an illness earlier this week, the effects of which may have followed him to the mound Friday, as he allowed three home runs in the contest. The 31-year-old ends his 2014 campaign tied for the American League lead in wins with 18, while sporting a 3.59 ERA in 213.1 innings. He'll pitch in Game 1 of the ALDS.
News: Rasmus will not start Saturday against the Mariners, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The decision was made to move C.J. Wilson up to Saturday, seemingly to line Wilson up to start Game 2 of the ALDS next Friday. Rasmus may end up just being moved back to Sunday, but the Angels officially list Sunday's starter at 'TBA,' so it could be Wade LeBlanc.
News: Wilson's next start has been moved up to Saturday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Cory Rasmus was originally penciled in to start Saturday, but the Angels will instead move Wilson up, leaving a starter for Sunday's regular-season finale uncertain. Wilson will thus be afforded one extra day of rest, before a potential Game 2 start in the ALDS.
News: Weaver (illness) will start Friday against the Mariners, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Weaver was under the weather earlier in the week but will be fine to toe the rubber Friday opposite Hisahi Iwakuma. The Angels' ace will then be afforded one extra day of rest before starting Game 1 of the ALDS next Thursday.
News: Hamilton (ribs) will resume swinging the bat Saturday and will reportedly need to face velocity before the playoffs to determine whether or not he will be on the postseason roster, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Hamilton reportedly has no doubt that he will be ready for the playoffs, but his manager wants to see more from him before determining whether or not to place him on the roster. Swinging the bat is a step towards returning, but being able to swing against live pitching is a bigger test.
News: Shoemaker (oblique) feels like he's close to getting on the mound, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.
Impact: He played light catch on his off day Friday, but when he refers to getting on the mound, he's not talking about the regular season. Without Shoemaker in the playoff rotation, the Angels would have a uniquely awful set of starting pitchers for a team with the best record in the league, but regardless of Shoemaker's advances, he likely won't be able to help owners in the regular season.
News: Trout (illness) is in the lineup Friday against the Mariners.
Impact: He left Wednesday's game in the fifth inning with a stomach bug, but he's healthy enough to take the field Friday with nothing but pride on the line. Consider him healthy moving forward.
News: Freese (back) will return to the lineup Friday against the Mariners.
Impact: He missed a couple games with a back injury, but the Angels are now close to full strength offensively, and this lineup could be a preview of what they will use in Game 1 of the ALDS, with Freese batting sixth.
News: Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in a win over the A's on Wednesday.
Impact: Kendrick has dealt with a hamstring issue of late, but continues to excel in the month of September, having tallied a 1.032 OPS with two homers and 19 RBI in 78 at-bats.
News: Street retired the A's in order to pick up his 41st save of the season Wednesday.
Impact: Street continued to build on his career-best save total Wednesday, converting his third opportunity in his last four games. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 1.37 with the performance. He has struck out a batter in each of his last six appearances (5.1 innings).
News: Hamilton (ribs) said he has "no doubt" that he will be ready to play in the postseason, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Hamilton said Wednesday that the pain in his ribs is gone, thanks to seven pain-killing injections to the region last weekend. While he's confident that he'll be fine when the ALDS commences next Thursday, Hamilton seems to have come to terms with not playing again during the regular season. "There's no sense in me coming back and having the issue," Hamilton said. He added that he figures to get into some sort of simulated game during the three days between the regular season and the playoffs.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | STATS
News: LeBlanc extended his scoreless streak in a 2-0 win over Oakland on Tuesday night.
Impact: LeBlanc (1-1, 4.23 ERA) pitched 5 1-3 innings against the A's, and he has not allowed a run in his last 15 2-3 innings. The left-hander has made six appearances in that stretch and has gone 5 1-3 innings in each of his two starts this month.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Trout left Wednesday's game against the Athletics after the fourth inning because of a stomach illness.
Impact: Trout dropped a fly ball in center field for a three-base error in the fourth. Grant Green hit for Trout in the top of the fifth. Trout had earlier singled, stolen a base and scored. Angels pitcher Jered Weaver had a stomach bug Monday and Tuesday. He said he's ready to start for the AL West champions Friday at Seattle.
News: Santiago ended his 2014 regular season on a high note Wednesday, pitching 5.1 shutout innings while allowing just three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in Oakland.
Impact: This was the deepest Santiago went in a start since Aug. 27, and it was the first time in his last three starts that he went more than two innings before getting pulled. At times he can be quite effective, but he's so inconsistent that the Angels will likely try to find a better option in the rotation next season.
News: Trout left Wednesday's game in the fifth inning due to a stomach illness, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Trout was removed for a pinch hitter with the Angels holding a 3-0 lead, but at the time a reason wasn't provided. It's now known that he's feeling a bit under the weather, which likely shouldn't keep him out of action for more than a day or two. With a team day off scheduled for Thursday, look for Trout to return to action Friday against the Mariners.
News: Trout was removed from Wednesday's game against Oakland in the fifth inning.
Impact: Grant Green came in to pinch-hit for Trout. The Angels led 3-0 at the time, and while it's unclear why Trout was taken out, there could be an injury concern. We should know more following the completion of the game.
News: Shoemaker (oblique) played catch Wednesday from 90 feet at roughly 60 percent intensity, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: This confirms the notion that Shoemaker won't return during the regular season, as the Angels are simply trying to get him healthy enough to make an appearance in the playoffs.
News: Weaver (illness) was feeling better Wednesday and is scheduled to start Friday against the Mariners, Alden Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Weaver was sent back to the hotel Tuesday to prevent his illness from spreading, but was feeling much better Wednesday. Although he is scheduled to pitch Friday, the team hasn't ruled out pushing the start back a day, though that would likely push his first potential postseason start back as well.
News: Hamilton (ribs) got treatment Wednesday, but didn't take any swings and it's still not clear if he will be able to return Friday, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Hamilton's status for the rest of the regular season remains very murky, and given his lack of production when he's been on the field this season, he may not be worth holding onto in standard leagues at this point.
News: Freese (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Athletics, Mike DiGiovanna reports.
Impact: Freese is out of the lineup for the second straight game due to a mid-back tightness. Even though Freese's injury does not appear to be anything too serious, there is no need to rush his return as the Angels have already guaranteed their playoff spot. He is considered day-to-day as Luis Jimenez gets the nod at third base.
Erick Aybar - #2 - Short Stop - 5'10" - 180lbs
News: Aybar is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Athletics Mike DiGiovanna reports.
Impact: With the Angels already clinching their playoff spot, Aybar and the starters will be seeing some regular days off before the postseason. He has been hitting .243 over 70 at-bats in September, and will yield the start to Gordon Beckham at short.
Gordon Beckham - #18 - Second Base - 6'0" - 185lbs
News: Beckham went 1-for-3 with a home run in a loss to the A's on Tuesday.
Impact: Beckham received the start at third base Tuesday, as David Freese was given the night off due to mid-back tightness. Freese will remain the team's everyday man at the hot corner when healthy, but the Angels will likely look to get Beckham's bat in the lineup whenever possible, as he has notched a .798 OPS in 23 games since being acquired from the White Sox.
News: Street pitched a clean inning with a strikeout to notch his 40th save of the season against the A's on Tuesday.
Impact: Street broke the 40-save barrier for the first time in his career Tuesday. The 31-year old has gotten the job done in time split between the Angels and Padres this season, as he owns a 1.39 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP in 60 games (58.1 innings)
News: LeBlanc threw 5.1 scoreless innings Tuesday against the A's to pick up his first win of the season. He struck out one, walked one, and allowed five hits in the contest.
Impact: Tuesday marked the second consecutive strong start for LeBlanc, who notched 5.1 scoreless frames against the Mariners last week. The 30-year-old was likely considered little more than depth after he was trounced by the Marlins to the tune of six runs over 3.1 innings while filling in for Garrett Richards (knee) at the end of August, but it seems the Angels could look to the lefty in the postseason due to the uncertainty surrounding their rotation. He has allowed just one run in 17 innings since being recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sept. 2.
News: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that he "will consider" Ramsus for a postseason start, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Nothing is off the table, according to Scioscia, with Matt Shoemaker nursing an oblique injury and both C.J. Wilson and Hector Santiago struggling. In his four September starts, Rasmus has given up just three earned runs on seven hits and four walks, with 10 strikeouts over 13 innings. He threw a season-high 59 pitches his last time out, so any postseason start would be a tandem effort with the bullpen.
News: Shoemaker (oblique) played catch Tuesday, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Shoemaker was cleared to resume some light throwing Monday, after being shut down for nearly a week due to an oblique strain, and he felt well enough to play catch again Tuesday. A timetable for his return to mound work remains uncertain, but he is not expected to pitch again during the regular season, and will instead look to get healthy enough to contribute during the postseason.
News: Hamilton (ribs) could return Friday against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: An MRI on Hamilton's abdominal area last weekend revealed rib cage inflammation, resulting in a whopping seven pain-killing injections in his back and chest. Fortunately, the treatment seems to be doing the trick, as Hamilton was able to hit off a tee both Monday and Tuesday. While it's no lock he returns Friday, it does sound like Hamilton will be available in some capacity for the final series of the regular season.
News: Weaver (illness) was sent back to his hotel prior to Tuesday's game against the A's, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Weaver did not attend Monday's game and was sent back to his hotel Tuesday, with manager Mike Scioscia presumably not wanting to endanger the health of his other players. It's uncertain whether the illness could jeopardize Weaver's availability for Friday's start, but he should be back at full strength well ahead of Game 1 of the ALDS.
News: Freese is not in the lineup Tuesday against the A's with a mid-back tightess, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: According to the report, the issue is nothing serious, but with the AL West crown already in the bag, the team can afford to give Freese a day to rest up. Gordon Beckham will take over at third base and bat ninth against right-hander Sonny Gray.
News: Kendrick (hamstring) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the A's, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: A hamstring concern resulted in Kendrick's early exit from Sunday's game, and while he was adamant that he could play Monday if needed, manager Mike Scioscia decided to play it safe and hold him out. The team likely would have taken further precaution if it had any reservations whatsoever about Kendrick's health.
News: Wilson turned in the second shortest start of his career in Monday's 8-4 loss to Oakland, surrendering four earned runs while recording just two outs.
Impact: Wilson, who had held Seattle to one hit over seven innings in his previous start, remains one of the most puzzling pitchers in all of baseball this year. He's surrendered at least five runs in seven different outings, and he's also given up one run or fewer in 10 different games.
News: Pujols hit his 28th home run in an 8-4 loss to Oakland on Monday.
Impact: Pujols has done a nice job of bouncing back from a rough 2013, playing in 154 games thus far after a career-low 99 last year. He's also at 104 RBIs, two shy of his highest total since driving in 118 with St. Louis in 2010.
News: Pujols went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a loss to the A's on Monday.
Impact: Pujols is finishing the season strong, going 5-for-12 with two homers and six RBI in his last three games.
News: Wilson lasted just two-thirds of an inning against the A's on Monday, allowing six runs (four earned) on two hits to pick up his 10th loss of the season. He walked four with no strikeouts.
Impact: Wilson followed up one of his best starts of the season last week against the Mariners with what may have been the worst of his career Monday. It was the first time he was unable to complete at least one inning as a starter due to ineffectiveness. Wilson's place in the postseason rotation has been confirmed, but he will need to pitch better than his 4.61 ERA to give the Angels a shot to advance to the ALCS. He is scheduled to make his final start of the season Sunday against the Mariners.
News: Kendrick was rested as a precaution a day after he was pulled late in the game with minor tightness in his hamstring.
Impact: He said he felt well enough to play, and returned to the lineup Tuesday.
News: Shoemaker (oblique) has just a "very remote" chance of pitching during the final week of the regular season, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Shoemaker and the Angels seem optimistic about his chances of pitching in the postseason, but he doesn't appear likely to get a tune-up start during the final week of the regular season. The right-hander played catch Monday, and it didn't appear to cause him much discomfort, further asserting the notion that his oblique strain is considered to be mild. The Angels will take a conservative approach for now, but likely won't hesitate to deploy Shoemaker and his 3.04 ERA when needed in the playoffs.
News: Hamilton (ribs) hit off a tee Monday, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Hamilton appears to be making progress, but it's unlikely he plays in the current series against the Athletics. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange Country Register, the slugger could be available to play in the team's final regular season series against the Mariners, at the earliest. Hamilton will likely see a few at-bats there, which will help manager Mike Scioscia decide how best to use the outfielder in the postseason.
Gordon Beckham - #18 - Second Base - 6'0" - 185lbs
News: Beckham will get the start Monday against the Athletics, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: With Howie Kendrick (hamstring) out of the lineup, Beckham will make his first start since Thursday's loss to the Mariners. Beckham has six hits and two RBI in 21 September at-bats.
News: Kendrick (hamstring) is not in the lineup Monday against the Athletics, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Kendrick left Sunday's contest with a hamstring issue and was considered questionable leading up to Monday's game. He'll be given the night off to rest, while Gordon Beckham fills in as the starting second baseman. Kendrick indicated that he could play if needed, and he'll go through his normal pregame routine, but with the Angels 10.5 games up in the AL West, the team will play it safe and hold him out.
Sun. Sep 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Weaver allowed three runs over seven innings to beat Texas 8-5 on Saturday.
Impact: Weaver has won three consecutive starts and five of his last six. His 18 victories leads the AL.
Sun. Sep 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Trout crushed his 35th homer in Saturday's 8-5 win over Texas.
Impact: Trout is batting .364 with 10 extra-base hits - four homers - and 18 runs scored over a 13-game stretch.
News: Rasmus pitched four scoreless innings and allowed two hits and a walk while striking out three in the Angels' 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Sunday.
Impact: It's his second consecutive scoreless outing. He's allowed three runs in nine September innings. The Angels have depended on Rasmus for anywhere from one inning to four in the last few months, and with good reason: his ERA sits at 2.38 for the year.
News: Freese went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Freese continues to hit the ball well in September, as he is riding a 10-game hitting streak with three homers and 10 RBI over that span.
News: Pujols went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Pujols may never get back to the player he was in his prime, as he is in danger of finishing with an OPS below .800 for the second consecutive year, but he has been able to put up counting stats in 2014. The 34-year-old now has 27 home runs and 100 RBI this season.
News: Trout went 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple, two RBI, and three runs scored in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Trout seems to be ready for postseason play, as he has tallied a 1.049 OPS with four homers in 65 at-bats this month. With the Angels headed to the playoffs, Trout appears to be the favorite to win the AL MVP in 2014 after finishing second to Miguel Cabrera the last two seasons.
News: Street struck out one in a clean inning to notch his 39th save of the season Saturday against the Rangers.
Impact: Street's impressive showing in 2014 could result in the right-hander reaching the 40-save plateau for the first time in his career if he is able to get on the mound this week. Street has dealt with hamstring soreness this month, but he has still tallied seven saves in September.
News: Weaver allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings to grab his 18th win of the season against the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Weaver has looked like the pitcher of old in his last two starts, allowing four runs in 14 innings and striking out an impressive 19 batters over that span. The 31-year-old will have one more start Friday against the Mariners before being relied upon as the ace of the Angels' staff in the postseason.
News: Hamilton (ribs) is not in Sunday's lineup against the Rangers.
Impact: Hamilton's rib inflammation remains problematic and painful, forcing him to receive seven pain-killing injections in his back and chest. Hamilton could return later in the week, but his pain could further hurt his play and the Angels are comfortably in the lead for home-field advantage. For now, priming Hamilton for the postseason will be the primary concern of the team.
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 says he's feeling better and is ready for the playoffs this week. Hamilton worked out Tuesday, and said he's set for Thursday when the Angels host the wild-card winner in the opener of the AL Division Series.
Impact: The former AL MVP has missed 21 of the Angels' last 22 games because of shoulder and other upper-body injuries.
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.
Chris Iannetta - #17 - Catcher - 6'0" - 230lbs
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.
Kole Calhoun - #56 - Right Field - 5'10" - 190lbs
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 and outfielder Josh Hamilton are both making progress in their hopes of returning from injuries for the Los Angeles Angels' postseason.
Impact: Shoemaker played light catch at Angel Stadium on Monday and is expected to throw off a mound Tuesday. Shoemaker (16-4) strained his left oblique in his last start Sept. 15. He is confident he can make a start for the Angels in the division series.
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.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
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.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Cron has a sore wrist.
Impact: Consider Cron day to day.