Angels Rumors & News

  • Blake Wood, Parker Bridwell added to list of Angels’ injured pitchers

    Orange County Register "The Angels overworked bullpen finally lost someone, and another member of the starter depth chart is now out too. Blake Wood, who had pitched in 13 of the Angels’ first 21 games, was placed on the disabled list on Monday with an elbow impingement. Meanwhile, Parker Bridwell was placed on the..." April 24

  • Angels' Keynan Middleton keeps making closing statement

    Los Angeles Times "Labels are not important to Mike Scioscia, which is why the manager is reluctant to anoint Keynan Middleton as the Angels' closer even though it's apparent to anyone following the team that the hard-throwing right-hander has seized the ninth-inning role. "Keynan's last couple looks have been in..." April 23

  • Angels confirm Shohei Ohtani will start Tuesday

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Angels rookie superstar Shohei Ohtani will not have to miss his scheduled start on Tuesday after all, the team announced on Sunday. The blister that caused Ohtani to be pulled early in his last start has healed up enough to allow Ohtani to pitch, which is certainly great news for..." April 23

  • Brandon Belt's 21-Pitch At-Bat Breaks MLB Record for Most Pitches Seen in an AB

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt certainly waited for his pitch in his first at-bat of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. As the MLB account showed, he saw 21 pitches against Jaime Barria in the first inning before lining out to right field. Per Mike DiGiovanna of..." April 22

  • Ohtani batting cleanup for the first time "Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani will serve as the designated hitter and bat in the Angels' cleanup spot for the first time Sunday against the Giants at Angel Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. PT. The 23-year-old Ohtani began the season batting in the Halos' No. 8 spot for six..." April 22

  • Shohei Ohtani’s blister test will be a ‘full gorilla’ bullpen session

    New York Post "Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to throw a “full gorilla” bullpen session on Sunday that will give the Angels a better idea if the blister that forced the Japanese two-way sensation out of his last pitching start has healed. “He’s feeling much better so we’re encouraged,” manager Mike Scioscia said..." April 22

  • Mike Trout much more than home-run leader for AL West-contending Angels

    Sporting News "Mike Trout just missed making a sensational catch in center field that would have robbed San Francisco’s Brandon Belt of a two-run homer in the second inning Saturday. The ball bounded off his glove and landed over the wall in right field. Trout turned that missed catch into a big game. He hit..." April 22

  • Shohei Ohtani says blister is ‘healing pretty well’

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani had his first rough start as an MLB pitcher earlier this week when he was knocked out after two innings against the Boston Red Sox, and it would appear a blister on his pitching hand had something to do with the poor performance. Fortunately, the issue does not sound..." April 20

  • Mookie Betts: Any player would want to be Mike Trout

    Boston Globe "One is jacked, the other is chiseled. One has two MVP awards, the other should have one. One has shown who he is and what he is, the other is about to get there. Mike Trout vs. Mookie Betts. Which player would you rather have? Any player would want to be Trout, perhaps the best player..." April 18

  • Photographic evidence surfaces of Shohei Ohtani’s blistered finger

    Sportress of Blogitude "Shohei Ohtani’s start Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox was cut short due to a blister on his finger. The two-way phenom was limited to 66 pitches, surrendering three runs on four hits, two walks and only posting one strikeout. Photographic evidence of the blister has since surfaced and one..." April 18

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani removed from game against Red Sox with blister after two innings

    USA Today "Well, Babe Ruth had a few clunkers, too, back a century ago. Shohei Ohtani, making his third start of his Major League Baseball career, lasted just two innings against the powerful Boston Red Sox. He developed a blister problem in the second inning, the Angels announced, ending his night..." April 18

  • The time the Red Sox thought they had landed Shohei Ohtani

    Hardball Talk "Shohei Ohtani will face off against the Boston Red Sox tonight in Anaheim. In honor of the occasion, Rob Bradford of relates the tale of the time the Sox thought they had a good chance to sign the Japanese star. Not this past offseason, but back when Ohtani was in high school. It’s..." April 17

  • How Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani got so much better since spring training

    L.A. Daily News "As Shohei Ohtani has torn through the first few weeks of his career, each swing and each pitch taking down more of his skeptics, one question has persisted. What was up with spring training? Ohtani’s performance in the spring was poor enough to create the narrative that he was — at best —..." April 16

  • Shohei Ohtani's start postponed after MLB first planned to play through 30-degree weather

    USA Today "The Kansas City Royals were initially told by Major League Baseball to play through 30-degree temperatures before postponing Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, who were primed to start breakout two-way player Shohei Ohtani. “We had internal discussions about it, and we talked about..." April 15

  • Sunday’s Angels-Royals game postponed due to inclement weather

    Hardball Talk "If you were hoping to catch Shohei Ohtani take the mound for his third pitching appointment of the season, well, come back on Tuesday. Sunday’s series finale between the Royals and Angels has been added to an ever-expanding list of postponements this weekend due to inclement weather. (Remember,..." April 15

  • Pujols on scouts who doubted Ohtani: 'What are those geniuses saying now?'

    USA Today "Three college women, exchange students from Japan, were sitting behind the Los Angeles Angels dugout Friday night when a Kauffman Stadium security guard approached them during the Angels-Kansas City Royals game. He was delivering a request from the visiting dugout. Politely, he asked, could..." April 15

  • Mike Trout, fan of snow, had a tough time playing in KC storm

    Sporting News "Angels outfielder Mike Trout grew up in New Jersey, not too far from Philadelphia, so when he says the playing conditions in Kansas City were "tough" Saturday night, they were tough. Trout, the Angels and the Royals played through rain and, later, snow showers at Kauffman Stadium, with the..." April 15

  • Shohei Ohtani moves up in Angels’ batting order

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani is moving on up in the baseball world. The Los Angeles Angels have moved Ohtani up to the No. 7 spot in the batting order for Friday’s game in Kansas City. Ohtani had been batting eighth in the order for all seven of his games as a hitter. He remains the DH, but Andrelton..." April 13

  • The Angels have enacted special rules to manage Japanese media coverage of Shohei Ohtani

    Awful Announcing "As Los Angeles Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani has captured American baseball fans’ imaginations with his remarkable first two weeks in the major leagues, media coverage of him here in the U.S. has swelled enormously. But if you think stateside coverage of Ohtani is thorough, try checking out the..." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • Shohei Ohtani faces defensive shift for first time

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB teams haven’t found much success trying to get Shohei Ohtani out at the plate, so the Kansas City Royals decided to try something new on Thursday. The Royals employed a defensive shift on Ohtani for the Japanese slugger’s at-bat in the ninth inning. They moved shortstop Alcides Escobar to..." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • Dual threat Shohei Ohtani 'would like to play more' for Angels

    ESPN "As if Shohei Ohtani hasn't made a big-enough impact early in his major league career, he wants to do more. The dual-purpose phenom has started seven of the Angels' first 13 games -- twice as a pitcher and five times as designated hitter. He has excelled at both, starting 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in..." April 12

  • Autographed Shohei Ohtani rookie card sells for over $6,000

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani’s incredible MLB debut has created excitement in baseball circles, and for collectors as well. If you need evidence of that, you need look no further than the market value of a signed Ohtani rookie card. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, that autographed Topps card sold on eBay..." April 11

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018 "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • J.C. Ramirez Expected To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels announced today that righty J.C. Ramirez has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, as’s Maria Guardado was among those to report (Twitter link). His doctors have recommended that he undergo Tommy John surgery. After some struggles with forearm tightness to..." April 09

  • Shohei Ohtani is Somehow the New Favorite to Win MVP

    12 Up "Baseball fans aren't the only ones caught up in "Ohtani Mania." So is Vegas. Diamond Sportsbook International released its latest odds for AL MVP, and it's Shohei Ohtani who leads the group at +150. His teammate Mike Trout is right behind him at +200. ​​This seems outrageous and a little..." April 09

  • What, the Angels worry about center fielder Mike Trout’s batting slump?

    Orange County Register "Right-hander Kendall Graveman and the Oakland Athletics were already trailing the Angels 2-0 when center fielder Mike Trout stepped to the plate to lead off the third inning Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. Graveman started their confrontation with a sinker that didn’t sink. Trout crushed it,..." April 09

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • We’re not appreciating Shohei Ohtani as much as we should be

    Hardball Talk "Shohei Ohtani‘s early season performance is the talk of baseball. He couldn’t hit all spring and he’s come out of the gate banging, going 7-for-18 with three homers in the early going. He got beat up pitching all spring and all he did yesterday was dominate, pitching perfect baseball into the..." April 09

  • JC Ramirez left Saturday’s start with forearm tightness

    Hardball Talk "The Angels are down to three healthy starting pitchers after right-hander JC Ramirez left his latest start with forearm tightness in his pitching arm. Ramirez told reporters that he felt discomfort during warm-ups on Saturday, but managed to persevere through a 55-pitch outing anyway. He issued..." April 08

  • Ian Kinsler: DL stint for groin strain should end Tuesday

    ESPN "Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler told ESPN's Mark Schwarz that he will be activated from the 10-day disabled list for Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers. Kinsler was placed on the DL on March 31 with a strained groin. The 35-year-old was slowed by the injury near the end..." April 08

  • Angels’ Shohei Ohtani makes MLB history with win over Athletics

    Sportsnaut "Shohei Ohtani moved his record to 2-0 on Sunday. He went seven innings, allowed no runs, one hit, walked one, and struck out 12 in the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. In doing so, Ohtani also did something not done in nearly 100 years. In addition to his two wins, Ohtani..." April 08

  • Ohtani back on mound today for Angels "Shohei Ohtani's second test on the mound will come against a familiar foe. Ohtani is slated to make his first pitching appearance at Angel Stadium this afternoon in the Angels' series finale against the A's, the same team he beat in his pitching debut at the Coliseum last week. Ohtani earned..." April 08

  • Ohtani joins exclusive company with 3rd HR in first four games

    Yardbarker "Shohei Ohtani wants us all to know: It’s okay to believe the hype. During spring, his performances would leave plenty to be desired. Meanwhile, scouts were already starting to say that he couldn’t hit major league pitching. And on the mound, Ohtani would struggle to get even minor league..." April 07

  • Shohei Ohtani Proving Two-Way MLB Stardom Is Far from a Myth

    Bleacher Report "It took about 100 years, but Major League Baseball has finally found a worthy successor to the Great Bambino. Or so it would seem after just one week with Shohei Ohtani. The 23-year-old Japanese phenom made his first start for the Los Angeles Angels on April 1 and earned a win with six..." April 06

  • Shohei Ohtani to pitch every seven days for Angels

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels plan to stick with pitching Shohei Ohtani on a schedule similar to the one he was accustomed to in Japan. In Japan, Ohtani had six days of rest in between his starts. In an attempt to help ease Ohtani’s transition to the majors, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said during..." April 06

  • Shohei Ohtani fever is really heating up in Angel Stadium

    Los Angeles Times "Duncan Harrington sat on the floor of the Angels' team store, spinning a red toy bat, as his father shopped for Shohei Ohtani T-shirts. Duncan is 6. He had never seen Ohtani play before Wednesday, but he is well aware that Ohtani is a superhero. "He made 25 home runs in one whole game,"..." April 05

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Angels Agree To Minor League Deal With Dustin Ackley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels are in agreement with free-agent infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley on a minor league contract, reports’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). It’ll be the second go-around with the Halos for Ackley, who is represented by the Boras Corporation. Once the No. 2 overall pick in the MLB..." April 05

  • Angels Acquire Miguel Almonte, Designate Juan Graterol

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have acquired righty Miguel Almonte from the Royals, per a club announcement. Cash or a player to be named later will head back in return for Almonte, who has been optioned to Triple-A by the Halos. To create an opening on the 40-man roster, the Los Angeles organization designated..." April 04

  • Reminder: Shohei Ohtani may end up the greatest bargain in MLB history

    USA Today "The Cincinnati Reds made a promotional video for him. Clayton Kershaw put off his wedding anniversary to meet with him. Almost every franchise jockeyed to free up every available dollar for him. And now we're starting to see why Major League Baseball thirsted for Shohei Ohtani, and how he may..." April 04

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Athletics issue stunning amount of credentials for Shohei Ohtani mound debut

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani is taking the mound in the United States for the first time on Sunday afternoon, and interest in his native Japan is apparently very high. The Oakland Athletics, who are hosting Ohtani’s Los Angeles Angels for the weekend, said they’ve given out 240 media credentials to Japanese..." April 01

  • Angels acquire Schimpf from Braves

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves acquired catcher Carlos Perez from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for slugging infielder Ryan Schimpf, with both teams officially announcing the deal on Twitter. Perez will be on the Braves’ active roster while Schimpf has been optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. Perez gives..." April 01

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