News: Hamilton (leg) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the A's, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports.
Impact: Hamilton was removed from Wednesday's game due to soreness in his legs, but any pain he is feeling will not prevent him from playing Thursday. Hamilton will man left and bat cleanup against A's starter Sonny Gray.
News: Pujols is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the A's, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports.
Impact: Pujols exited Wednesday's game in the seventh inning after fouling a ball off his calf earlier in the contest, but it turns out his removal was only precautionary. As he regularly does, Pujols will man first base and bat third Thursday night.
News: LeBlanc cleared waivers Thursday and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: LeBlanc was DFA'd for the sixth time in 14 months Tuesday, after he bombed in a spot start against the Marlins on Monday. The Angels will explore other options as their fifth starter in September while LeBlanc languishes in the minors.
News: Hamilton was removed in the ninth inning against the Marlins on Wednesday due to tightness in his legs, but is expected to play Thursday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Hamilton was replaced in left field by Collin Cowgill for the final three outs in the contest. The 33-year-old has dealt with this issue for the past few days, which resulted in him being the designated hitter in the previous two games, so the ailment may be worth monitoring for owners going forward.
News: Trout went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and two walks in a win over the Marlins on Wednesday.
Impact: Trout hit his 30th homer with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to knock Henderson Alvarez from the contest Wednesday, and tie his career high in long balls, which was set in 2012. The 23-year-old is really turning it on to close out the month of August, having tallied nine hits (including three homers) in his last six games.
News: Beckham went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a win over the Marlins on Wednesday.
Impact: After going hitless in his first two games as a member of the Angels, Beckham made his presence felt against a tough righty in Henderson Alvarez on Wednesday, notching an infield single and a solo shot off the 24-year-old in the contest. Beckham tallied just a .599 OPS as a member of the White Sox, and the Angels are well spoken for at each infield position, which likely means that Beckham will be little more than a backup player going forward, barring a massive hot streak.
News: Pujols was removed from Wednesday's game against the Marlins due to feeling "a little tight," but he is expected to play Thursday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Manager Mike Scioscia said that Pujols got a bit tight after fouling a pitch off his calf earlier in the game, which led to his removal for a pinch-runner in the bottom of the seventh. It sounds like the move was precautionary in nature, but there may be a bit more concern for someone like Pujols, who has dealt with minor ailments at various times this season.
News: Santiago allowed one run on three hits while striking out six in 5.2 innings to pick up a win over the Marlins on Wednesday.
Impact: Santiago is unlikely to become an efficient pitcher before the end of the season, but he has been strong for the Angels since the All-Star break, tallying a 1.46 ERA in 43 innings over nine games (seven starts). He also seems to have found his strikeout pitch, having fanned 21 batters in his last 22.2 frames. He will try to keep the ball rolling when he faces the Astros on Tuesday.
Cory Rasmus - #46 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 200lbs
News: Angels manager Mike Scioscia named Rasmus as a candidate to start Saturday against the A's, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Garrett Richards' injury has created an opening in the Angels' rotation, and it sounds like there's an outside chance Rasmus gets the call for his first career start. However, Fletcher speculates Randy Wolf and Michael Roth are more likely candidates, with Rasmus having not thrown more than 51 pitches in an outing this season. It's also possible the Angels could acquire a starter via trade to make that start.
News: Hamilton (hamstring) will return to left field Wednesday against the Marlins.
Impact: Limited to DH duty the past two games, Hamilton will be able to return to the outfield Wednesday despite some lingering hamstring tightness. Hamilton said Tuesday that the ailment has restricted him to running "at about 85 percent," and while it looks like he'll be fine to continue playing through it, the team could opt to give him a day off this weekend with a pair of lefties (Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir) lined up to start for Oakland. Hamilton has started to come around a bit at the plate recently, with two doubles and two homers over the past week.
News: Hamilton has been dealing with tightness in his hamstring of late, which has resulted in him running "at about 85 percent," Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Hamilton, who went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's contest against the Marlins, was the designated hitter for the second consecutive day as a result of the ailment. The 33-year-old noted that he believes the injury is just normal wear and tear, which may indicate that he will attempt to continue playing through the tightness going forward.
News: Pujols went 3-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Marlins on Tuesday.
Impact: Pujols is in the midst of a power outage, having not tallied an extra-base hit since Aug. 17, but the 34-year-old has still been getting his knocks of late, notching six singles in his last 12 at-bats.
News: Trout went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored in the Angels' win over the Marlins on Tuesday.
Impact: Trout's strikeout rate has continued to soar in 2014, as he has now fanned 10 times in his last seven games. While the lack of contact has likely led to a lower batting average than we are accustomed to seeing (.289), he is showing no shortage of power, having tallied a .558 slugging percentage in 498 at-bats this season.
News: Shoemaker threw seven scoreless innings against the Marlins on Tuesday, striking out six and walking two en route to the victory.
Impact: It's looking as though Shoemaker could be an important part of the Angels' pitching staff down the stretch, as the 27-year-old hasn't allowed a run in his last 14.2 innings, while striking out 15 over that span. He will look to continue to stabilize the back end of the rotation when he faces the A's on Sunday.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | STATS
News: LeBlanc has been designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels, one day after a poor debut for the club.
Impact: LeBlanc lasted just 3 1-3 innings against Miami on Monday in his first start for the Angels, yielding seven hits and six runs. He was recalled to take the rotation spot of Garrett Richards, who is out for the season with a left knee injury. The rotation spot likely will be filled by minor leaguers Randy Wolf or Michael Roth on Saturday.
News: LeBlanc was designated for assignment Tuesday, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.
Impact: It's not surprising considering he was rocked for six earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 3.1 innings Monday. He likely will pass through waivers and head to Triple-A Salt Lake before possibly rejoining the club in September.
Yoslan Herrera - #62 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: Herrera was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.
Impact: Herrera is simply a middle reliever and posted a 4.50 ERA in 50 innings at Triple-A this year.
Chris Iannetta - #17 - Catcher - 6'0" - 230lbs
News: Iannetta is out of the lineup Tuesday versus the Marlins.
Impact: Iannetta's patient eye has been on display over the last 14 games, during which he's reached base in 12 separate outings. During that run, he's hit .250 (10-for-40) with six doubles, three RBI, eight runs scored and 10 walks versus 10 strikeouts. In his stead, Hank Conger will cover the backstop and bat ninth in the order.
Erick Aybar - #2 - Short Stop - 5'10" - 180lbs
News: Aybar went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Marlins on Monday, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
Impact: Aybar has been on an impressive run, as he has now recorded five consecutive multi-hit games, stealing two bases over that span. He has just two doubles and no home runs during the course of the entire streak, but could be worth a look at a shallow position while he is red hot.
News: LeBlanc was pounded by the Marlins on Monday, allowing six runs on seven hits in just 3.1 innings en route to his first loss of the season.
Impact: LeBlanc was recalled as the first pitcher to attempt to fill Garrett Richards' (knee) spot in the rotation, and based on the strength of this performance, he may not be the last. There is no word on whether the left-hander will get another shot to take the mound, as manager Mike Scioscia told MLB.com after the game that he is "not looking to the next start" at this point.
Joe Thatcher - #54 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 229lbs
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thatcher (ankle) has started running and hopes to start throwing off a mound Saturday, but he is still at least two weeks away from returning to the Angels' bullpen, the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports.
Impact: He is dealing with a ligament sprain, and while a return in mid-September is possible, he won't offer much fantasy value as a middle reliever in the Angels' bullpen.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Wilson continued his string of strong outings Saturday but did not get a decision in a 2-1 loss to Oakland.
Impact: Wilson (10-8, 4.45 ERA) gave up one run in 6 1-3 innings and is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last three starts.
News: Trout went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the A's on Sunday.
Impact: Trout has five home runs in August, including two in his last three games.
News: Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a win over the A's on Sunday.
Impact: Hamilton continued his RBI binge Sunday, as he now has eight in his last five contests. The left-hander has three home runs in August, which is tied for the most he's hit in a single month this season.
News: Weaver allowed three runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings to record a win over the A's on Sunday. He struck out eight without issuing a walk in the contest.
Impact: Weaver was working on a shutout before allowing two home runs in the seventh inning, which resulted in his removal from the game. Despite the shaky frame, the 31-year-old looked sharp in the outing, as he tallied his highest strikeout total in over a month. He will look to build on the impressive performance when he takes a 3.72 ERA into his next start Friday, which will also come against the A's.
Joe Smith - #38 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 205lbs
News: Smith allowed one run on one hit in a loss against the A's on Saturday.
Impact: Smith recorded two outs in the inning before a wild pitch brought Coco Crisp home from third, breaking a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth. Smith has excelled for the Angels this season, tallying a 2.17 ERA in 63 appearances, but picked a bad day to lose his control, as the A's are now tied with the Halos for first place in the AL West.
News: Wilson allowed a run on five hits in 6.1 innings en route to a no-decision Saturday against the A's. He struck out three while walking three in the contest.
Impact: Wilson has done well to limit runs of late, allowing just four in his last 18.1 innings, but he hasn't tallied a K:BB ratio better than 1:1 since his return from the disabled list Aug. 2, which doesn't inspire much confidence. The left-hander will take a 4.45 ERA into his next start Thursday, which will once again come against the A's.
Jason Grilli - #39 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 233lbs
News: Grilli allowed two runs on two hits in an inning of work Friday, resulting in his fourth loss of the season against the A's.
Impact: Grilli relieved Hector Santiago in the sixth inning of a tie game Friday, allowing a triple and a sacrifice fly to pick up his second loss of the season as a member of the Angels. Despite the rough outing, he's performed well with his new squad, tallying a 2.78 ERA in 22.2 innings.
News: Hamilton went 1-for-2 with a home run, two walks, and two runs scored in a loss to the A's on Friday.
Impact: Hamilton may plan on coming to life in the final weeks of the season, as he hit his first homer since Aug. 4 in the contest and is 4-for-9 with five RBI in his last three games.
News: Trout went 2-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the A's on Friday.
Impact: Trout's solo shot in the first inning was his first home run since Aug. 10. The 23-year-old has pumped the breaks this month, tallying a .761 OPS in 81 at-bats, but he still owns a .289/.375/.559 batting line this season.
News: Santiago allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out five in five innings en route to a no decision against the A's on Friday. He walked two batters in the contest.
Impact: Santiago has been on a nice run of late, allowing two earned runs in his last three starts (17 innings) while striking out 15 over that span. Despite the fact that he's throwing the ball well, he may still be seen as a tough player to own due to his propensity for short outings, as he has thrown seven innings in a start just once this season.
C.J. Cron - #20 - First Base - 6'4" - 235lbs
News: Cron is unlikely to be recalled this weekend due to the acquisition of Gordon Beckham from the White Sox on Thursday, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Impact: Cron was thought to have a good chance of being recalled for the weekend series against the A's, as the Angels will face two lefties in Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir. However, Beckham is a right-handed bat that can provide infield depth, so Cron will likely stay at Triple-A Salt Lake until rosters expand in September.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Shoemaker held Boston to a hit in 7 2-3 innings of Thursday's 2-0 win.
Impact: He's won three straight games with one coming in a relief effort. Over his last six outings, he's 5-1 with a 1.57 ERA.
Jason Grilli - #39 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 233lbs
News: Grilli worked a clean inning with a strikeout to notch his 12th save of the season against the Red Sox on Thursday.
Impact: Grilli tallied his first save as a member of the Halos on Thursday, as an overworked Huston Street received a night off. The 37-year-old has been a solid reliever this season, having not allowed an earned run in his last nine appearances, but has little chance seeing save opportunities when Street is available.
News: Shoemaker turned in a dominant performance against the Red Sox on Thursday, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out nine over 7.2 innings to pick up his 12th win of the season.
Impact: A day after the Halos lost Garrett Richards (knee) for the season, Shoemaker did his best to fill the shoes of the hard-throwing right-hander, as he held the Red Sox without a baserunner until the bottom of the seventh inning after hitting Brock Holt with a pitch to open the bottom of the first. The Angels will need their pitchers to step up following the injury to Richards if they want to maintain their hold on the top spot in the AL West, and Shoemaker is looking like he will be a reliable piece of the puzzle going forward, as he hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in an outing over his last five starts.
News: Updating a previous report, Richards (knee) will now have his surgery performed Friday, instead of sometime next week, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Despite the slight change in time of surgery, all else remains the same for Richards. He's still facing a six-to-nine-month recovery plan, and the Angels are hopeful that he'll be ready for spring training.
News: Richards underwent surgery on Friday to repair the torn patellar tendon in his left knee.
Impact: Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year before getting hurt Wednesday while covering first base during the Angels' 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. He is on crutches and may rejoin the club next week in Anaheim.
News: The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Beckham in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. Beckham has struggled offensively this year, but he gives the AL West-leading Angels another sure-handed infielder with six seasons of major league experience.
Impact: The White Sox, who selected Beckham with the eighth overall pick in the 2008 draft, will receive a player to be named or cash in Thursday's trade.
News: Hamilton went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs in Wednesday's 8-3 win at Boston.
Impact: It's a good sign for Hamilton, who had been 5 for 41 (.122) with 18 strikeouts over his previous 11 games.
News: Beckham was traded to the Angels on Thursday for a player to be named later or cash, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: At one point, Beckham looked to be on track for his best season since his 2009 rookie campaign, but he quickly tailed off after mid-June, with his batting average dropping about 70 points since that time. With the White Sox apparently losing hope that he'll develop into the premium hitter they thought they were getting in the first round of the 2008 draft, Beckham will now head to Anaheim. That clears the way for either Leury Garcia or Marcus Semien to take over the keystone in Chicago. Meanwhile, the Angels appear content with Howie Kendrick and David Freese as their regular second and third basemen, respectively, leaving Beckham to serve as a utility infielder or occasional DH option with his new club.
News: The Angels are optimistic Richards (knee) will be ready to return during spring training, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: Richards, who will undergo season-ending knee surgery next week, was given a recovery timetable of six-to-nine months, seemingly leaving his return date rather open-ended. However, the doctors who conducted his MRI believe Richards is a perfect candidate for surgery because he tore his patellar tendon in a spot that should make the operation relatively easy. Since Richards hasn't started rehabbing yet, it's probably to early to tell if he will in fact meet the short end of that timetable, but the medical staff's optimism does provide a silver lining to an otherwise bleak development.
News: LeBlanc is on track to start Monday against the Marlins, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: The Angels may end up opting to use LeBlanc as a long man out of the bullpen if necessary during their games Thursday and Friday, but otherwise, he'll get the first crack at replacing Garrett Richards in the rotation. Richards' outstanding numbers would cast a large shadow for anyone to fill, but LeBlanc looks particularly ill-equipped to take his spot. The 30-year-old has bounced around several organizations the last couple of seasons and owns a 4.56 ERA and 1.44 WHIP over 424 career innings in the majors.
News: Richards suffered a patellar tendon tear during Wednesday's start and will undergo season-ending surgery next week, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. He will require six-to-nine months of recovery time and was placed on the 60-day DL.
Impact: For an Angels staff already short on quality starting pitching, the absence of Richards might be the kiss of death to their hopes of holding off the Athletics for the AL West title. Moreover, the likelihood that Richards' absence stretches into the early stages of the 2015 season will probably force the Angels to make adding starting pitching depth an even greater priority in the offseason. While a significant knee injury may not be nearly as damaging to Richards' long-term outlook as an absence of a similar length due to a shoulder or elbow concern, it's still disappointing to see his breakthrough season come to an untimely end. The 26-year-old finishes the campaign with a 13-4 record, 2.61 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and a 164:51 K:BB over 168.2 innings.
News: LeBlanc has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.
Impact: LeBlanc will initially be available out of the bullpen and could be in line to start Monday's game against Miami in place of Garrett Richards (knee). The 30-year-old has logged 21 starts at Triple-A Salt Lake this season, going 10-3 with a 4.00 ERA over 123.2 innings. In one major league appearance for the Angles back in May, LeBlanc allowed four earned runs on six hits over 6.1 innings.
News: Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and a run scored in a win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Impact: Hamilton tallied his first multi-hit game in more than two weeks Wednesday. The 33-year-old still has a long way to go in order to salvage his season, as he has tallied just a .747 OPS in 281 at-bats, but may be headed in the right direction after taking mental days Sunday and Monday.
Brennan Boesch - #28 - Right Field - 6'4" - 235lbs
News: The Angels optioned Boesch to Triple-A Salt Lake following Wednesday's game, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Boesch went just 1-for-18 after being called up last week, so the Angels decided he would be the player taken off the roster to make room for bullpen reinforcements.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Richards was taken off the field on a stretcher with an apparent leg injury Wednesday. The Angels said he sustained a patellar injury but didn't disclose the extent.
Impact: Richards was hurt in the second inning Wednesday night while running to cover first base on a potential double-play grounder by Boston's Brock Holt. Richards' right leg buckled on the dirt near the base. Several minutes later he was wheeled off while he raised his right arm to the crowd.
News: According to manager Mike Scioscia, Richards (knee) suffered a "significant injury" in Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports.
Impact: Scioscia did not provide any other details, but his comments indicate that Richards is indeed facing an extended absence, as views of the play and reactions indicated. Richards will fly back to Los Angeles on Friday for further evaluation of his injury.
News: Richards left Wednesday's game with a left knee patellar injury, but the extent of the injury is not yet known, the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports.
Impact: The team would not release any further details until he is fully evaluated, but the injury was serious enough that he was laying on the ground for eight minutes before being carted off the field. Richards suffered the injury when his left leg twisted and his knee buckled. He was in obvious pain, and the way that his teammates huddled around him on the diamond suggested that it was a very serious injury. We will update his status when more information is available.
News: Richards was carted off the field during Wednesday's game after his knee buckled as he was trying to cover first base, the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports.
Impact: It was a pretty serious scene on the field, as Richards was in immense pain and his teammates huddled around him as he lay on his back at first base. His right leg twisted as he was approaching first base, and given the immediate vibe on the field, it would be surprising to see him pitch again this season. We'll await word for an official diagnosis, but for now, things aren't looking good.
C.J. Cron - #20 - First Base - 6'4" - 235lbs
News: Cron is expected to be recalled this weekend with the Angels facing two lefties, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.
Impact: He has hit .306 since being sent back to Triple-A Salt Lake, and upon getting recalled, it's possible the Angels will just keep him with the team for the remainder of the season. Brennan Boesch and Efren Navarro have been handling the DH duties since Cron was sent down.
Joe Thatcher - #54 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 229lbs
News: Thatcher (ankle) is doing some light throwing off a mound in Arizona but is "not close" to a return, according to manager Mike Scioscia, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: The ligament sprain is expected to keep him out until at least early September, but as a middle reliever, he offers little fantasy value, especially after the Angels bolstered the bullpen prior to the trade deadline.
Grant Green - #10 - Left Field - 6'3" - 180lbs
News: Green (lumbar strain) is expected to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake by Friday and should rejoin the Angels next week, the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports.
Impact: Green doesn't have anywhere to play everyday at the big league level, but with a .313 average in 31 games, the Angels will find ways to use the utility man down the stretch.
News: Beckham is out of the lineup Wednesday versus the Orioles.
Impact: Beckham followed up a five-game hitting streak by going hitless in six at-bats over the last two outings. Such is the fate of the .221 hitter, who is yielding second base to Leury Garcia.
News: Street allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in an inning of work to record his 34th save of the season Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Impact: Street was given Monday off to recharge after failing to retire a batter in his first blown save as a member of the Angels on Sunday, and though he once again made things interesting, he was able to get two punchouts to tally the save. Street now has a 1.17 ERA this season, with 10 of his saves coming as the Halos' stopper.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton is back in the lineup Tuesday in Boston, Eric Kay of the Angels' official site reports.
Impact: Hamilton sat out both Sunday and Monday more for mental than physical purposes, but in his return, he'll handle left field and bat cleanup. However, keep in mind that he's struck out 18 times in his last 38 at-bats, so tread with caution until his slump is behind him.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Weaver allowed three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings in no decision against the Red Sox on Tuesday. He walked four while striking out just one.
Impact: The fate of Weaver and the Halos could have been quite different if not for Kole Calhoun, who made a spectacular catch at the left field wall to rob a would-be three-run blast off the bat of Brock Holt in the second inning. Aside from a spectacular May, when he pitched to a 1.98 ERA in five starts, Weaver has been mediocre this season, having not tallied an ERA lower than 3.94 in any other month. He will attempt to have a less exciting outing when he takes the ball against the A's on Sunday.
News: Trout went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in a win over the Red Sox on Monday.
Impact: Trout entered Monday's game having recorded just two hits in his last 22 at-bats, but had a solid showing Monday, doubling home Kole Calhoun with a deep drive in his second at-bat of the contest. It's likely that most owners weren't concerned about Trout's recent struggles, but it may be off-putting to be reminded that he is in fact human.
Kevin Jepsen - #40 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 230lbs
News: Jepsen tallied his first save of the season Monday, allowing a run on two hits with a strikeout in an inning against the Red Sox.
Impact: Jepsen recored his first save since 2012 on Monday, but didn't exactly make things easy, as he allowed two hard-hit singles to open the inning before settling down to retire the next three batters in order. Jepsen only got the call Monday due to the heavy workload of both Houston Street and Joe Smith of late, so he likely isn't worth a roster stash for those hoping for some save opportunities.
News: Wilson allowed one run on five hits in 5.1 innings to pick up a win over the Red Sox on Monday.
Impact: Wilson was able to pick up the victory Monday, but it wasn't exactly a strong performance from the left-hander, who struck out five and walked five, while needing 115 pitches to get through 5.1 frames. Wilson has now allowed just three earned runs in his last 12 innings (two starts), but will undoubtedly be hoping for a stronger showing when he takes a 4.59 ERA into a tough matchup against the A's on Saturday.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton is out of the lineup again for Monday night's game against the Red Sox, a day after asking for a day off.
Impact: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Hamilton needs another day to relax and he would be coming to the park early Tuesday to work on things. Hamilton is hitting .266 with eight homers and 35 RBIs. He has just two homers and three RBIs this month. Hamilton asked to have Sunday's series finale against Texas off. Scioscia said he expects him to be in the lineup Tuesday.
News: Street may not be available out of the bullpen Monday vs. the Red Sox, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Street has pitched four times in the last five days, with the closer submitting a rare poor outing in his last turn Sunday, as he gave up two runs on four hits to blow the save against the Rangers. The Angels would normally turn to Joe Smith in the event Street is unavailable, but Smith himself has been used in each of the last three days. It wouldn't be surprised if either Jason Grilli or Kevin Jepsen are called upon for a potential save chance.
News: Hamilton has an early hitting session scheduled with hitting coaches Don Baylor and Dave Hanson on Tuesday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. "I'm all right," Hamilton said, "but I don't make the lineup...I'm gonna do some early work tomorrow, see how it goes. If I hit enough out, I'll play."
Impact: After his request for a day off Sunday was granted, Hamilton was afforded another Monday as a means of helping him emerge from a sustained slump. In his past 10 contests, he's supplied a mere five hits, no RBI, two runs, and two walks versus 18 strikeouts in 38 at-bats. Moreover, he's posted the lowest ISO (.147) of his eight-year career. In his place, Collin Cowgill and Brennan Boesch have both been handed starts in left field.
News: Hamilton is out of the lineup again Monday vs. the Red Sox.
Impact: Hamilton asked out of Sunday's lineup in what was believed to be a one-day mental vacation, but manager Mike Scioscia has decided to double down and give the outfielder another day off. He shouldn't be considered in danger of losing his hold on an everyday role, but he's been a massive disappointment for the second straight season in Anaheim, batting .266 with eight homers over 72 games this season.
News: Street blew a save Sunday without recording an out, allowing two runs on four hits in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: Street's two runs are the first allowed since his trade to the Angels in July. Before the four-hit outing, Street had allowed four hits combined in his 12 appearances with the team. Still, his ERA is 1.20 for the season.
News: Santiago allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out five in six innings in the Angels' 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Sunday.
Impact: The 26-year-old has allowed just one run in his last two starts, spanning 12 innings. He holds a 2.38 ERA in August, which has lowered his season ERA to 3.46. He'll be back on the mound Friday to face Jason Hammel and the Athletics.
News: Hamilton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
Impact: Hamilton will take a four-game hitting streak with him to the bench Sunday, though he has collected just four hits over that span and has struck out seven times over the past two games. Collin Cowgill will start in left field and bat eighth for the Angels.
News: Pujols went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Pujols has really picked it up in the past two months after struggling in May and June. He now sits with 23 home runs and 74 RBI this season, which is likely more than owners could have hoped for after the 34-year-old's disappointing 2013 season.
Howie Kendrick - #47 - Second Base - 5'10" - 210lbs
News: Kendrick went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Kendrick has been on a nice run of late, having gone 9-for-27 with four RBI in his last seven games, but the 31-year-old is experiencing something of a power outage, as the seven home runs he is on pace to hit this season would be the lowest total of his career in any year in which he played over 100 games.
News: Street delivered a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his 33rd save of the season Saturday against the Rangers. It was his fourth perfect appearance in a row.
Impact: Street extended his streak to nine consecutive saves and 12 straight scoreless appearances with the Angels on Saturday. The Angels had to part with significant pieces of their minor league system to acquire Street from the Padres, which was seen by some as questionable, but the move seems to be paying dividends.
News: Shoemaker allowed two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings against the Rangers on Saturday, collecting his 11th win of the season in the process. He struck out six and walked one.
Impact: Shoemaker fell just short of notching a quality start Saturday, as manager Mike Scioscia decided that 96 pitches was the 27-year-old's limit after Leonys Martin hit a two-run single. Shoemaker continues to impress as a starting pitcher in 2014, as he has tallied a 3.76 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 15 walks in 81.1 innings.
Vinnie Pestano - #63 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 200lbs
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: The Los Angeles Angels have activated rookie right-hander Mike Morin from the disabled list and optioned Pestano to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Impact: The Angels acquired Pestano in a trade with Cleveland on Aug. 7. His only game for them was Aug. 10, when he struck out three Red Sox in one inning. Before that, Pestano was 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA for the Indians.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Calhoun went 3 for 4 with a home run, double and three RBIs in a 5-4 win over Texas on Friday.
Impact: Calhoun has been on a roll, going 13 for 29 with two homers and five RBIs in his last six games.
Vinnie Pestano - #63 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 200lbs
News: Pestano was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday.
Impact: Pestano spent the last week with the big club yet made one appearance last Sunday, hurling a blank frame with three strikeouts versus one walk. As a corresponding move, Mike Morin (foot) was activated from the disabled list.
Michael Morin - #64 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 218lbs
News: Morin (foot) was activated from the disabled list Saturday.
Impact: After cutting his foot during a walk on the beach, Morin is returning to the Angels when first eligible. In his sole rehab outing Thursday at High-A Inland Empire, he tossed a scoreless frame with two strikeouts. However, he'll be contained to appearances as a middle reliever.
News: Street pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout to record his 32nd save of the season against the Rangers on Friday.
Impact: Tally another one for Street, who has been automatic since his trade to the Halos in mid-July. The 31-year-old has now recorded eight consecutive saves for his new squad and hasn't allowed an earned run in his first 11 appearances.
News: Calhoun went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and three RBI in a win over the Rangers on Friday.
Impact: Calhoun, who extended his hitting streak to six games with the impressive performance, is 13-for-29 with three doubles, a homer, and five RBI over that span. The 26-year-old appears to be living up to his offseason projection as a breakout candidate, as he hasn't tallied an OPS below .800 in any month since May.
News: Richards allowed two runs on seven hits in 7.1 innings to pick up his 13th win of the season against the Rangers on Friday. He struck out seven without walking a batter in the contest.
Impact: Richards went into shutdown mode after allowing a run in the first inning, shutting Texas down for six frames before leaving with one man out and one on in the eighth. He now owns a 2.53 ERA with 164 strikeouts in 167 innings this season.
Michael Morin - #64 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 218lbs
News: Morin (foot) will make a rehab appearance for High-A Inland Empire on Thursday, MLB.com's Matthew DeFranks reports.
Impact: The Angels expect Morin to require just one rehab appearance before returning from the disabled list, likely on Saturday. He was placed on the DL on Aug. 4 after cutting his foot while walking on a beach.
News: Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 31st save of the season.
Impact: Street has shown no signs of slippage since moving from one Southern California locale to another prior to the trade deadline. He's notched all seven of his save opportunities with the Halos and has yet to yield a run over his 10 innings with the club.
News: Weaver allowed two runs on eight hits through six innings to pick up a win over the Phillies on Wednesday. He struck out five and walked two in the contest.
Impact: Weaver battled through most of the evening, leaving the mound after the sixth with a 2-1 deficit before the Halos put up three runs in the bottom of the frame to allow the 31-year-old to pick up the win. Weaver has been unseated as the ace of the Angels' staff by Garrett Richards this season, but he has still been a serviceable option. He will take a 3.66 ERA into a start against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Calhoun went 3 for 4 with a home run in Tuesday's win over Philadelphia.
Impact: He has four straight multihit games.