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2017 Game 22: A’s at Angels

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Mike Trout Had Quite a Week!

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Angels Acquire David Hernandez

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With a bullpen that has been suddenly depleted by injuries to Andrew Bailey and Cam Bedrosian, the Angels went out and got David Hernandez from the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later or cash. Hernandez, 32, has been a reliable reliever in seven years in the Big Leagues, with a 4.10 career ERA and 66 innings a season since becoming a full time reliever in 2011.

In the time since then, Hernandez has posted a 10.5/9 strikeout rate, although the walks have been a bit high at 3.5/9. His best season was in 2012 when the right-hander logged a 2.50 ERA in 68 1/3 innings.

This will move give the Halos a badly needed late inning arm to cover losing their setup man and closer, and will also give the club an extra arm in the pen once Bailey and Bedrosian return.

2017 Game 21: Blue Jays at Angels

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2017 Game 20: Blue Jays at Angels

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Where Should Mike Trout Hit?

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When the Angels led the Majors in runs in 2014, they did it with Trout in the two-hole. And he still managed 35 HR, 111 RBI in that spot and won his first MVP award. Try this:

3B Yunel Escobar
CF Mike Trout
DH Albert Pujols
RF Kole Calhoun
1B CJ Cron
SS Andrelton Simmons
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Cameron Maybin / Ben Revere
C Martin Maldonado

Cam Bedrosian Placed on 10-Day DL; Other Moves

Apparently Cam Bedrosian suffered his groin strain some time in between his outing on Friday night and workouts on Saturday afternoon. He had 0.00 ERA. So did Andrew Bailey. Now both are on the DL. Bud Norris earned his first Major League save in the Angels‘ 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, and may get call to close until Cam returns. Blake Parker is also a candidate. Time will tell if either get the nod or it’s a closer-by-committee. Or, Mike Scioscia could just utilize his multi-innings relievers in the late innings.

Angels Trade Ryan LaMarre to A’s

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Nerve Irritation Sends Richards to 60-Day DL

Turns out Angels right-hander Garrett Richards will be out for much longer than originally though, as he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Saturday. The former ace left his first start of the season with a biceps strain, and was unable to regain full strength despite some progress in his rehabilitation exercises.

Richards, 29, originally felt fine and was expecting to make his next start. But as the days went by, he was never able to start a throwing program to get himself ready to return. The cause was irritation to his cutaneous nerve, which is a system of nerves that goes all the way down a person’s arm, shown in this graphic.

Most likely the specific strain of nerve that is acting up is the medial cutaneous nerve inside his right bicep, right near his ulnar collateral ligament. This injury is probably a side effect of Garrett’s torn UCL, which he suffered almost exactly one year ago and opted for stem cell treatments instead of Tommy John Surgery.

Richards could have returned before the end of the month, as his biceps strain was very similar to that John Lackey in 2013. Lackey did have Tommy John Surgery the previous season, made his first start on April 6, returned on April 28, and finished strong with a 3.52 ERA in 189 1/3 innings. However, there was no irritation to his nerves in his arm. And so now the Halos will have to wait another four-to-six weeks.

The exact timetable as of right now is June 1.

2017 Game 19: Blue Jays at Angels

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