The Weekend Belonged to Trout!

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Yunel Escobar To Miss 2-4 Weeks

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This is sort of like making a trade. Luis Valbuena comes off the disabled list. C.J. Cron comes off the disabled list. Yunel Escobar goes on the disabled list the same day that Cron returns. Angels need a third baseman. So they move Valbuena across the diamond from first base to third. Now the club needs a first baseman, so they slip Cron back into first base.

Signing Valbuena is now proving it’s importance. Smart move.

As for Escobar, he has a grade one left hamstring strain that he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, and will be sidelined for up to a month.

Garrett Richards Likely Out Until August

The Angels are without their ace for a second year in a row up to this point, and it looks like fans will have to wait until the summer to see Garrett Richards back on the mound again. The problem isn’t his torn UCL, which was repaired with stem-cell treatments in lieu of Tommy John Surgery. What’s bothering Garrett is his inability to regain the proper strength in his right bicep that was strained in his first start of the season.

A throwing program has not yet been planned out. And the timetable is not exact. However, the critical part is that Richards must make sure his bicep is strong enough so he doesn’t destroy his elbow permanently. Because that’s what would happen if he decided to come back now.

A bigger question is how long the Halos can wait for Richards to get healthy again for a full season of work? A lot of top pitching talent is waiting in the wings in the next few free agent markets. Sooner or later the Angels will have to make a choice.

For now, August is the target for Garrett Richards.

2017 Game 41: White Sox at Angels

From the Clubhouse

Recap of Mother’s Day

 

2017 Game 40: Tigers at Angels

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2017 Game 39: Tigers at Angels

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2017 Game 38: Tigers at Angels

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2017 Game 37: Tigers at Angels

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From the Clubhouse

Recap of Wednesday’s Action

2017 Game 36: Angels at A’s

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2017 Game 35: Angels at A’s

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