Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim — as of April 18, 2017

2017/04/20

Up:

     Jefry Marte, 1B, OF: April 18 – Jefry Marte has started 6 of the Angels’ 15 games, including 5 at 1B and 1 at DH. Of the 5 games at 1B, 3 have been against LHP – the only times the team has faced a LH starter.

     Ben Revere, OF: April 18 – Despite a slow start to the season, Ben Revere is seeing a fair bit of action in LF. He’s started 6 of the team’s 15 games there and, with 3 of the last 4 starts, could be pushing Cameron Maybin into a platoon situation (with Maybin on the down side of that arrangement). He’s also moved up to the #2 slot in the batting order during those 3 games.

     J.C. Ramirez, SP, RP: April 18 – With Garrett Richards forced to the DL, it looks like J.C. Ramirez will be taking his spot in the rotation – at least for now.

     Andrelton Simmons, SS: April 18 – Simmons found himself in the #5 slot for 5 straight games and has been seeing some time in the #6 slot, too. He seems to be benefitting from CJ Cron’s slump.

     Bud Norris, Setup, RP: April 18 – With Andrew Bailey out with an injury and J.C. Ramirez taking Garrett Richard’s spot in the rotation, it looks like Bud Norris will serve as the team’s main setup man for now.

Down:

     Carlos Perez, C: April 18 — Perez has struggled mightily in limited playing time this season, hitting a mere .077/.077/.077 in 13 at-bats and has started only 4 of the Angels’ 15 games. He’s in danger of being demoted to the minors and perhaps replaced by the newly-acquired Juan Gaterol who the Angels picked up in a trade with the Blue Jays today.

     CJ Cron, 1B: April 18 – Cron has only started 9 of the team’s 15 games at 1B, with Jefry Marte starting 5 and Albert Pujols 1. Much of this could be attributed to his slow start. He’s hitting only .243 with no HRs and only 1 RBI.

     Cameron Maybin, OF: April 18 — Although both of them are off to a slow start, Cameron Maybin appears to be losing some playing time to Ben Revere in LF. He’s started 9 games there to Revere’s 6 and has started once in CF.

In:

     Deolis Guerra, RP: Apr 14 – 5:17 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels purchased the contract of LHP Deolis Guerra from Triple-A Salt Lake. He’s taking the spot of RP Daniel Wright who was sent to the minors at the same time. Wright had come up April 12 when Andrew Bailey was placed on the DL.

Guerra had a 3.21 ERA in 53 1/3 innings for the Angels last year but the team bumped him from the 40-man in February and no one claimed him off waivers. He’s out of options so this probably isn’t just a one- or two-day move; the hope is that he’ll reclaim his spot for good.

     Mike Morin, RP: April 7, 2017 (MLB.com) — Los Angeles Angels recalled RHP Mike Morin from Salt Lake Bees. He’s taking the roster spot of Garrett Richards who was placed on the 10-day DL.

Out:

     Luis Valbuena, 1B, 3B: Mar 23 – 5:15 PM (Rotoworld) — Luis Valbuena will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right hamstring.

It’s a Grade 1 strain, which is considered the least serious. It’s still going to keep Valbuena out for at least the first month, which should allow C.J. Cron to settle in as the everyday 1B. Valbuena’s injury also increases Jefry Marte’s chances of making the Opening Day roster. When healthy, Valbuena will platoon with Cron at 1B.

     Apr 2 – 2:37 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels placed IF Luis Valbuena on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Valbuena had surgery on the same hamstring last August and then strained it last month. He’s expected to be out until May. C.J. Cron will be the Angels’ regular 1B.

     Apr 7 – 12:16 PM (Orange County Register/Rotoworld) — Luis Valbuena (hamstring) has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and hitting in a batting cage.

The hope is that Valbuena will be able to run on the field next week. The veteran infielder has been out of commission for the last two weeks after straining his right hamstring, which is the same hamstring he had surgery on last August. If all goes well, Valbuena could return in late April or early May.

     Garrett Richards, SP: Apr 6 – 12:09 AM (Rotoworld) — Garrett Richards was lifted from his April 5 start due to a possible arm injury.

Richards was making his first regular-season start since the beginning of the 2016 season. He missed the bulk of the past campaign with a partially torn elbow ligament. On Wednesday, he was hitting the upper 90’s on the radar gun against the A’s and kept them off the scoreboard through the first 4 2/3 innings. Then, trouble, as the trainer was called out, with Richards pointing toward his right elbow.

     Apr 6 – 8:16 AM (Rotoworld) — Garrett Richards was removed from his April 5 start due to a right biceps cramp.

Alarm bells were immediately sounded when it appeared Richards, who is pitching with a slightly torn ulnar collateral ligament, had to be pulled with an apparent arm injury. However, it appears there isn’t any major concern here. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said there are no plans at this time for Richards to undergo an MRI.

     Apr 7 – 6:00 PM (Rotoworld) — An MRI on Garrett Richards’ right elbow came back negative but he has nerve irritation in his biceps and is likely to miss his next start.

It certainly could be much worse so the Angels are relieved with this news. Richards tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings against the A’s on Wednesday before being lifted due to discomfort in his biceps. It’s unclear whether he will be placed on the disabled list but the Angels could just push him back until next weekend with Monday’s off day.

     Apr 7 – 6:42 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels placed RHP Garrett Richards on the 10-day disabled list with a right biceps strain.

With the new DL rules, the Angels can get an extra bullpen arm for a few days even if Richards is going to miss just the one start that they expect at the moment. The Halos will have to rely on a bullpen arm or someone from Triple-A to start in his place on Saturday, April 8.

     Apr 14 – 11:54 PM (Rotoworld) — Garrett Richards (biceps) underwent a cervical MRI on Thursday, April 13.

Angels’ general manager Billy Eppler announced that the results of the exam ruled out any cervical disc issues. The Angels are still trying to figure out the reason for the lack of strength in Richards’ biceps. There is still no timetable for him to resume throwing.

     Houston Street, Cl: Mar 3 – 4:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Huston Street left a Cactus League appearance versus the Brewers with an apparent injury.

Street had faced just two batters before departing in the middle of an inning. It’s unclear at this point what the veteran reliever injured, but he has had a laundry list of ailments over the years.

     Mar 3 – 5:24 PM (Rotoworld) — Huston Street will undergo an MRI today after departing a Cactus League appearance due to right triceps irritation.

We’ll obviously know more once the results of the exam are in but even if Street receives good news there would seem to be a good chance he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. It could open the door for Cam Bedrosian to win the Angels’ closer job, although he’s dealing with a groin injury himself at the moment. Andrew Bailey is also an option for saves in Anaheim.

     Mar 4 – 12:25 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Saturday that Huston Street was diagnosed with a Grade 1 lat strain.

He won’t throw for the next 3-4 weeks before being re-evaluated. This certainly puts Opening Day in jeopardy for him and opens the door for Cam Bedrosian or Andrew Bailey to begin the season in the closer’s role.

     Apr 2 – 2:38 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels placed RHP Huston Street on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right lat.

Street is close to resuming a throwing program but he still figures to miss most, if not all, of April. Cam Bedrosian is slated to begin the year as the Angels’ closer.

     Apr 17 – 6:47 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels transferred RHP Huston Street from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Street is now dealing with a mild right shoulder impingement in addition to his lat injury and his throwing program has been slowed down. He can’t be activated until at least June now. It gives Cam Bedrosian even more time to establish himself as the Angels’ closer.

     Andrew Bailey, Setup, RP: Apr 12 – 7:17 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels placed RHP Andrew Bailey on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

There is no current timetable for Bailey’s return. The veteran right-hander had thrown three scoreless frames through the first week-plus of the season. J.C. Ramirez figures to see additional work setting up for Cam Bedrosian while Bailey works his way back from this shoulder injury.

     Daniel Wright, RP, SP: Apr 12 – 6:58 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels recalled RHP Daniel Wright from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Wright takes the place of RP Andrew Bailey who has been placed on the 10-day DL. He offers a swing arm for the Angels, as he made seven starts and two relief appearances between the Halos and Reds a year ago.

      Apr 13 – 7:13 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels optioned RHP Daniel Wright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Wright logged four innings in the Angels’ loss to Texas on Thursday, April 12. He’ll switch levels with Deolis Guerra but is expected to be up and down quite a bit this year.

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