Welcome to the LA Angels Insider Transaction Post, also called the ‘Halo Waiver Wire’, which is located within the Eppler’s Domain category. Here we will be listing daily Angels transactions for the 2016 regular season. Major transactions will be analyzed in separate articles. This will be a running post that will last throughout the end of the season. So let’s start with what’s been happening lately:
RHRP AJ Achter designated for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man for LHRP Lucas Luetge.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 22, 2016
- Achter had a rough go in his two days with the Big Club, and Lute’s contract was selected, not only for the 40-man but also to take over Tim Lincecum’s spot on the 25-man roster. Timmy was technically on the active roster when he signed his Major League contract with the Halos, but then once the team optioned him to get his work in before making his 2016 debut, that spot on the club opened up, and Luetge was the man.
- We’re still wondering why all of this could not be resolved by just calling up Neal Cotts. There must have been something else that kept the club from bringing him up…
Welcome to the LA Angels Insider Injury Report! Here we will have updates on injured Angels players. This will be running post that will last throughout the 2016 regular season. Here are the latest reports:
Angels closer Huston Street threw a 20-pitch sim game today. "Felt good." Scheduled for a minor-league game in Arizona on Friday.
— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) May 23, 2016
- Street is inching closer to returning and the Halos need him bad. With interim closer Joe Smith struggling, and an offense that’s red hot, the club is in dire need of the ability to put teams away again on a regular basis. Scoring 6 runs a game is one thing, but not being able to close out 1-0 is one thing that will keep these Angels out of October Baseball.
#Angels say OF Craig Gentry will remain on DL with "personal medical condition."
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 23, 2016
- We don’t have any word on the exact reason beyond this announcement. Gentry could possibly be suffering from a bigger injury than was revealed before. It’s a good thing there are viable reinforcements in the likes of Rafael Ortega and Shane Robinson.
Mike Trout is OK, Scioscia said. Was taken out only as a precaution.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 22, 2016
- Trout rolled his ankle rounding third base on an Albert Pujols single late in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at the Big A. What kept it from being a much worse injury was the fact that Mike was already slowing down as he approached the base. It looked like just an awkward step while trying to put the brakes on. But Trout is fine. Nothing to worry about. Next Halos injury!
— Angels (@Angels) May 20, 2016
The Freak is coming to the Big A!
Former San Francisco Giants ace, and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, 31, has signed a Major League deal with the Angels. The righty a $2 million base salary for the rest of the 2016 season, plus $1.7 million in incentives. The Halos are in dire need of starting pitching depth after seeing what was once a deep rotation get blown apart by injuries.
Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise?
Recovering from season ending hip surgery last September, Lincecum, turning 32 soon, has worked out extensively. He has thrown simulated games, as well as a showcase ten days ago where scouts from most MLB clubs attended. It is said that the righty’s fastball has averaged about 89-91 miles per hour, and that his slider and changeup are still ‘above-average’. And that is an encouraging sign that Timmy can still be Major League a starter.
Posting a 4.68 ERA the last four seasons, the team that knew him the most, the San Francisco Giants, wasn’t quite interested in re-signing him as a starter despite their own rotation woes. There could be some some truth to that. However, if the Halos can get 20-25 starts with a high-3.00-to-low-4.00 ERA, it would probably be a successful return given current position that both Lincecum and the Angels are in right now.
Tim will probably need a couple of weeks to get to the Angels mound, maybe less. However, the club won’t be seeing any of their current injured starters returning for close to another month, so they may put Tim on the fast track since he’s already thrown 90-pitch simulated games. And if all goes well, this opportunity may have come at the perfect time.
After ten days of waiting and biting our finger nails, news came today that Garrett Richards will not have Tommy John Surgery at this time. Instead, the ace will have a stem-cell injection that is similar to what former Angel Bartolo Colon had in 2011, and will rehab his pitching arm.
Richards was off to a great start with a 2.34 ERA / 3.25 FIP / 1.32 WHIP, showing signs he was returning to his 2014 form. The ace had felt fatigue in his pitching arm for a couple of weeks before the club revealed on May 6 that the righty may need to have the procedure to repair damage to his ulna collateral ligament.
This treatment isn’t quite the same as the platelet-rich plasma shot that Andrew Heaney received in late April, and the timetable for recovery is a bit longer, but Richards and the club felt this was the best course of action.
If Tommy John is still needed, however, Garrett will definitely miss all of 2017. And although that is a long recovery, he would still have one more season before hitting free agency. That’s still not exactly encouraging.
For now, Richards will be shut down for six weeks, and will then be evaluated by the club to determine if he will still need surgery, or continue his rehab. If all goes well, Richards could very well pitch again in 2016.
Welcome back to the Angels Insider section of L.A. Angels Insider. We have lots of fun stuff this week starting with a new cameo from the Rally Cat. The Halos bounced back after the fast feline showed up, but didn’t quite have the same results as on May 15, 2014, when the Halos were down to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Mike Trout hit a walk-off homerun. But it certainly helped as the offense showed up and has been on fire ever since:
Now here’s more from the Big A:
- On Angels Weekly, Alex Curry shows us how some of the Angels players developed comradarie during Spring Training.
- Hector Santiago followed the seven inning performance of Jhoulyc Chacin with an eight frame outing that included a six-inning no-hit bid on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners at SafeCo Field. Santiago and the Halos defeated Felix Hernandez and the M’s 3-0 and completed a three-game sweep.
- What slump? Albert Pujols is heating up. His last two homeruns have come in the ninth inning, and came within two games of each other. The second, a 3-run blast in Saturday’s slug fest in Seattle, proved to be the game winner. Pujols still has 8 homeruns and 23 RBI’s despite a .196 / .268 / .308 slash line.
- C.J. Cron is also getting things going. Being an important piece in the Angels’ core, Cron not only is hitting earlier in 2016 than he was at this time last season, the young slugger is drawing walks. Coming into April 26, Cron was hitting .153 / .252 / .220. By May 13, he was at .279 / .353 / .423, thanks to a .370 / .424 / .574 run during that time. The walks have been pretty steady all season. Cron has 11 this season. By May 16 of last year, he was only at three. Everyone in the Angels’ camp was hoping for Cron to hit this season like he did in the second half of 2015, but the newly implemented plate discipline on top of his improved hitting has been a nice addition. Now everyone at the Big A are hoping Cron can carry both through the entire season.
Los Angeles Angels (21-25, 3rd AL West) at Texas Rangers (26-20, 2nd AL West)
Globe Life Park – Arlington, TX
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Cloudy, 85F, Wind S 16mph, 15% Chance of Rain
Hector Santiago (3-2, 3.93 ERA)
Santiago’s last outing Friday against Baltimore was cut short when he was ejected in the top of the 3rd inning by home plate umpire John Tumpane for arguing balls & strikes. As it was, the outing was not going well anyway as Santiago had already given up a pair of 2-run home runs and was tagged with 4 earned runs on 3 hits in just 2 2/3 innings. The Angels went on to lose the game 9-4. Santiago’s previous outing in Seattle was a gem however, as he held the Mariners scoreless over 8 innings.
Colby Lewis (3-0, 2.75 ERA)
While Lewis has always been a solid performer over the years for Texas, it would seem that he’s really turned it up a notch so far here in 2016. In his last outing Friday in Houston he held the Astros scoreless on just 4 singles over 7 innings to take the victory in a game the Rangers won 2-1. He has gone at least 7 innings in 5 consecutive starts, allowing no more than 3 earned runs in any one of them. Lewis held the Angels to 2 runs on 9 hits over 7 innings on April 29 to begin the streak. The Rangers won that game 4-2.
- Lewis is 7-11 with a 6.08 ERA in 23 starts and two relief appearances against the Angels.
- Like Mike Trout, Santiago also has found more success during the day, with a 2.03 ERA in those games compared to a 4.58 ERA at night. His day ERA is seventh-best in the AL.
- Trout has four career home runs off Lewis, tied with retired outfielder Josh Willingham for the most off Lewis by any opponent.
- 3B-Yunel Escobar – .309
- RF-Kole Calhoun – .289
- CF-Mike Trout – .326
- DH-Albert Pujols – .224
- 1B-C.J. Cron – .244
- 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .270
- LF-Rafael Ortega – .260
- C-Jett Bandy – .000
- SS-Gregorio Petit – .289
- 2B-Rougned Odor – .262
- CF-Ian Desmond – .287
- DH-Prince Fielder – .198
- 3B-Adrian Beltre – .260
- RF-Nomar Mazara – .317
- LF-Ryan Rua – .259
- 1B-Mitch Moreland – .225
- SS-Elvis Andrus – .291
- C-Bobby Wilson – .255
AL West Standings
- Seattle: 27-18 (.600)
- Texas: 26-20 (.565) – 1.5 GB
- Angels: 21-25 (.457) – 6.5 GB
- Oakland: 20-27 (.426) – 8 GB
- Houston: 18-28 (.391) – 9.5 GB
Other AL West Matchups
- Baltimore @ Houston – 5:10pm PT
- Oakland @ Seattle – 7:10pm PT