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2017 Game 18: Blue Jays at Angels

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The Offseason Journey of Juan Graterol

We’re a little late on this, but after five months of being picked up, dumped, and claimed again by five organizations in five months! This twice included the Angels. And now catcher Juan Graterol is back where he started last November, when the Halos first designated him for assignment.

Graterol, 28, was claimed by the Reds, DFA’d, then claimed by the Diamondbacks, and then was claimed by the Angels again. But when the Halos passed him through waivers the Blue Jays claimed him and invited him to their Major League camp. After being DFA’d again, the Angels claimed him once again…

The Angels acquired the backstop for a player to be named later or cash. Graterol was then called up, and fellow catcher Carlos Perez was sent down. That ended a five-month quest for Juan Graterol to find a spot on a roster. The only question now is how he will factor into the team’s catching situation.

2017 Game 17: Angels at Astros

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2017 Game 16: Angels at Astros

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2017 Game 15: Angels at Astros

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Angels Acquire Bridwell; Street to 60-Day DL

Bridwell has had promise in the Orioles system, but his development has been prolonged by sporadic blow-ups with his command sandwiched in between long periods of missing bats and preventing base runners. By now, however, it was time to move on and today the Angels acquired the young righty.

For his career, Bridwell has posted a 4.79 ERA in eight career minor league seasons, first as a starter and now as a swing man.

The youngster will most likely serve as an emergency multi-innings relief option in AA for the Halos while trying to catch up on his overall development. Probably not one to get excited about the future. The Halos are just looking for back up options in case the wheels fall off their staff again.

This created the 40-man roster spot for Bridwell. It was also prompted by a shoulder issue that popped up during Street’s throwing sessions. Could be a good indication the long-time closer’s career is close to an end.

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2017 Game 14: Angels at Astros

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A Comparable Situation to Richards’ Bicep Strain

Los Angeles Angels pitcher John Lackey throws to the plate during the first inning of their Major League Baseball game against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Original Filename: Yankees_Angels_Baseball_ANS106.jpg

On April 6, 2013 Red Sox hurler John Lackey was making his first start since undergoing Tommy John Surgery just after the end of the 2011 season. He was going up against the Toronto Blue Jays. And the workhorse continued right where he left off, a year-and-a-half before that by throwing 4 1/3 innings while giving up 2 earned runs and striking out eight batters.

All was good until Lackey felt a cramp in his right arm and had to stop. He was walked off the field and later had an MRI that revealed a mid-biceps strain.

Sound familiar?

The long-time veteran went on to miss three weeks. Lackey made his next start on April 28 against the Houston Astros.

The line: six innings, one earned run, four strikeouts. And Bud Norris started that game for the ‘Stros while Andrew Bailey threw a scoreless inning of relief for the Sox.

Lackey finished the 2013 season with a 3.52 ERA in 189 1/3 innings.

The only major difference between John Lackey and Garrett Richards in this case is that that Lackey had surgery, and Richards didn’t. Richards opted instead to treat his torn UCL with stem cell injections. This allowed him to have a normal spring, and had Garrett breezing through his first start of 2017 before going down with the same setback.

So in monitoring Garrett’s timeline to return to the mound this season, John Lackey’s case might be the best frame of reference, and should offer some encouragement.

2017 Game 13: Angels at Royals

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