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  • David Fletcher’s injury clears the way for Sherman Johnson to finally reach majors with Angels

    L.A. Daily News "Sherman Johnson was relaxing at home in Tampa, playing video games late at night and not even thinking about the baseball season that, for him, ended two weeks earlier. Then he got the phone call he’d spent years waiting for. When Angels assistant general manager..." September 19

  • Rookie Ty Buttrey has quickly risen to prominent role in Angels’ bullpen

    Orange County Register "Ty Buttrey jogged to the mound on Aug. 31 as a prospect and he walked off – 19 minutes and 33 pitches later – as a big leaguer. At least, that’s the way the Angels’ rookie recalls his seventh major league game, one in which he worked his way into and out of a..." September 18

  • Shohei Ohtani had funny misunderstanding with Mike Scioscia

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani may be fairly new to America, but he might already have a better understanding of the culture than his manager does. Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic shared a clip of a great interaction between the Los Angeles Angels phenom and skipper Mike Scioscia. Ardaya noted that the..." September 15

  • David Eckstein 'Ohtani Should Still Pitch And Hit ... Despite Arm Injury'

    TMZ "If it were up to David Eckstein, there would be no debate over how his former team should handle Shohei Ohtani -- telling TMZ Sports Shohei should still pitch and hit even if he has arm surgery!! There's been a huge debate in baseball over what the Angels should do with their..." September 15

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Report: Angels will try to sign Mike Trout to lifetime deal

    Larry Brown Sports "Mike Trout is set to hit free agency after the 2020 season, but the Los Angeles Angels will attempt to change that. Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Angels are expected to approach Trout about a contract extension this offseason. Heyman notes that many..." September 14

  • Angels' Mike Trout makes a push toward his first Gold Glove award

    Los Angeles Times "For all of Mike Trout’s individual honors — two American League most valuable player awards, AL rookie of the year, five Silver Slugger awards, seven All-Star Game selections and two All-Star Game MVPs — there is one noticeable void on his trophy..." September 13

  • Taylor Ward still has plenty to learn after a month as the Angels’ third baseman

    Orange County Register "As the hitter stepped into the box, Andrelton Simmons got the attention of Taylor Ward and began to, for lack of a better description, flap his wings. The Angels’ rookie third baseman looked quizzically at the veteran shortstop, then cast his eyes upward. “I had..." September 12

  • Should Ohtani pitch, hit or both in 2020? "On Wednesday, the Angels announced that Shohei Ohtani's injured right elbow would likely require Tommy John surgery, knocking him off the mound for the remainder of this year and all of 2019. For most players, that would be the end of it. They'd exit the public eye to spend a year-plus..." September 11

  • Pujols expects to play every game at 1st base next season if healthy

    The Score "Albert Pujols believes he can do more in the field next season. He may have no choice if he wants to play on a consistent basis. With Shohei Ohtani likely to slot in as the Los Angeles Angels' designated hitter in 2019 due to a potential inability to pitch..." September 11

  • Angels want Shohei Ohtani to play rest of 2018 as DH, despite his uncertain future

    Orange County Register "Shohei Ohtani was healthy enough to appear in five games last week as the Angels’ designated hitter. He went 9 for 19 with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Monday, he was named the American League Player of the Week. For all the attention and analysis his skills have commanded on a..." September 11

  • Albert Pujols to Undergo Surgery to Repair Elbow Injury

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Angels star Albert Pujols has already been ruled out for the rest of the 2018 MLB season, and he's going to go under the knife once again. Pujols is set to have surgery on his right elbow to remove a bone spur, the Los Angeles..." September 11

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Report: Mike Trout to Be Offered Contract Extension by Angels in Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Angels could start preparing for their future by discussing a new contract with star outfielder Mike Trout. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the team plans to offer a Trout an extension to help determine his long-term plans. However,..." September 09

  • Angels should work out long-term deal with Mike Trout

    Yardbarker "The out-of-contention Angels have arguably wasted another year of control over baseball’s best player, center fielder Mike Trout, with whom they still haven’t even won a playoff game since his rookie campaign in 2012. But even though Trout’s team control is..." September 08

  • Shohei Ohtani keeps making MLB history

    USA Today "Earlier this week it was announced that Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels' two-way sensation, had been advised to undergo Tommy John surgery.  Despite the diagnosis that would take Ohtani off the mound until 2020, he has remained in the Angels' lineup. And he keeps..." September 08

  • Shohei Ohtani Says He Will Play as Hitter While Deciding on Tommy John Surgery

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani hasn't decided if he will undergo Tommy John surgery. Per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Ohtani said Friday he will close out the 2018 season as a hitter as he continues to deliberate whether to have..." September 07

  • MLB Rumors: Angels' Mike Trout to Braves or Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "We could be getting closer and closer to an unprecedented baseball moment: The sport's best player, Mike Trout, possibly on the trade block this coming winter. If you go by the word of the Los Angeles Angels, Trout isn't going anywhere. But thanks to Ken..." September 07

  • 'Japanese Babe Ruth' Shohei Ohtani Should Ditch Pitching for 40-HR Power

    Bleacher Report "Shohei Ohtani last pitched on Sept. 2. In all likelihood, he won't pitch again until 2020. Or ever, if he and the Los Angeles Angels are smart. For the time being, Ohtani and the Angels merely need to decide whether he should have Tommy John surgery, which..." September 07

  • Report: Shohei Ohtani should be able to play as full-time DH in 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani had a monster game at the plate on Wednesday even after learning he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery, and the Los Angeles Angels are hopeful that will continue even after Ohtani has the elbow procedure. Four doctors who have experience repairing torn UCLs told..." September 06

  • Angels Select Joe Hudson, Release Nolan Fontana

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels announced Tuesday that they’ve selected catcher Joe Hudson’s contract from Triple-A Salt Lake and created a spot on the 40-man roster by requesting release waivers on infielder Nolan Fontana. Additionally, the Halos called up outfielders Jabari..." September 05

  • Angels not going to trade Mike Trout despite Shohei Ohtani news

    Yardbarker "The future is a little dim for the Los Angeles Angels, but that does not mean they’re about to drop everything and trade franchise player Mike Trout. The Angels announced on Wednesday that they are recommending Tommy John surgery for two-way star Shohei Ohtani. The surgery would..." September 05

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani MRI Reveals New UCL Injury; Tommy John Surgery Recommended

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Angels announced Wednesday that an MRI on two-way star Shohei Ohtani's right (throwing) elbow showed new damage to his ulnar collateral ligament. The announcement noted "UCL reconstruction surgery is the recommended..." September 05

  • MLB Rumors: Hall of Famer suggests Angels' Mike Trout-to-Phillies offseason blockbuster

    Newark Star-Ledger "Here we go--again. With the 2018 Phillies trying to claw into the postseason, there's always an eye on even bigger things for a franchise with upside and a ton of money to spend in future seasons. When the offseason arrives, expect Manny..." September 05

  • Angels Claim Luke Farrell, Designate Osmer Morales

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have claimed righty Luke Farrell off waivers from the Cubs, per a club announcement. To create space on the 40-man roster, the Halos designated Osmer Morales for assignment. Tonight’s starter, Matt Shoemaker, also needed a 40-man spot after returning from the 60-day..." September 03

  • Angels not concerned with Shohei Ohtani’s velocity drop "Shohei Ohtani experienced yet another health scare in his long-awaited pitching comeback on Sunday night, but the Angels believe the issue is unrelated to the sprained elbow ligament that kept him off the mound for nearly three months. Ohtani opened his outing against the Astros with..." September 03

  • 10 MLB managers who may not return for 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "As the playoff race heads to the final stretdch, teams on the other end of things are facing other concerns. A number of managers must be feeling their seats getting warmer, be it because their contracts are coming to an end with no guarantee of renewal or because their struggling teams have..." September 03

  • Angels' Ohtani joins Babe Ruth in MLB record books

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani made some history in his first inning as a pitcher since June 6. By passing the 50-inning threshold, Ohtani joined the legendary Babe Ruth as the only players in MLB history to pitch at least 50 frames and hit 15 home runs in the same..." September 03

  • Justin Upton exits game with mild concussion

    Hardball Talk "Two days after getting reinstated from the 10-day disabled list, Angels outfielder Justin Upton found himself making an early exit from Saturday’s game against the Astros after showing symptoms of a mild concussion. The incident occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning, when George..." September 02

  • Angels take measures to block Astros from relaying signs

    Yardbarker "The Los Angeles Angels took some measures on Friday night to prevent the Houston Astros from relaying signs from second base. Jaime Barria gave up four runs over three innings on Saturday against Houston — his previous start. He allowed three runs in the first inning before..." September 01

  • Angels' two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani returns to the mound on Sunday

    USA Today "For the first time in nearly three months, Shohei Ohtani will be a two-way player once again when he takes the mound on Sunday. The Los Angeles Angels rookie has been limited to designated hitter duties since he sprained an elbow ligament in early June. But the Angels announced..." August 30

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Pujols has knee surgery, likely out for season "Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday. The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, generally keeps players out for 6-8 weeks. Pujols, 38, is batting..." August 29

  • Braves To Acquire Rene Rivera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have acquired catcher Rene Rivera from the Angels, per an announcement from the Los Angeles organization (h/t Jon Morosi of, via Twitter). The Halos allowed Rivera to depart via a straight waiver claim. " August 29

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani pitched a sim game before matching Babe Ruth with another rare home run feat

    CBS Sports "Shohei Ohtani says he believes he can get back on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels after throwing well in a simulated game just hours before hitting his 15th homer of the season and joining Babe Ruth in a historic benchmark. As part of his comeback from a sprained elbow ligament,..." August 28

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • After simulated game, Shohei Ohtani says he’s ready to return to Angels’ rotation

    Orange County Register "Shohei Ohtani said he’s ready to pitch in the majors. Now, the Angels’ medical staff simply has to agree. After he threw 50 pitches in a simulated game on Monday, his third such workout, Ohtani declared himself ready. “Personally, I feel like I..." August 28

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • Angels’ Shohei Ohtani set for simulated game on Monday

    Orange County Register "Shohei Ohtani’s next big test will be on Monday, when he throw about 45 to 50 pitches in a simulated game, according to General Manager Billy Eppler. Just over a month into Ohtani’s throwing program, he’s done about as well as could be..." August 27

  • Mike Trout Wears Late Brother-in-law's Name on Jersey a Week After He Dies at 24

    People "Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is honoring his late brother-in-law Aaron Cox. The 27-year-old athlete, who hasn’t played since Aug. 1, stepped out on the field Friday at home against Houston Astros wearing a jersey with “A. Cox” on the back. Cox, who..." August 25

  • Report: Angels to activate Trout from DL after 3-week absence

    The Score "The Los Angeles Angels are expected to activate Mike Trout off of the 10-day disabled list ahead of Friday's game against the Houston Astros, according to a report from Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Trout has appeared in one game since..." August 24

  • Angels' Mike Trout honors brother-in-law with emotional tribute

    Newark Star-Ledger "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, a Millville, N.J. native, paid tribute Thursday to his brother-in-law Aaron Cox, a former minor-league baseball player who died at 24 on Aug. 15. Trout posted his emotional goodbye on Instagram. No details on the..." August 23

  • Matt Shoemaker confident he’ll return to pitch for the Angels in September

    Orange County Register "Matt Shoemaker believes he’s nearing the end of what has been a 14-month battle with the same injury. In between two simulated games, Shoemaker said on Wednesday that his sights are set on pitching in the majors in September. “If everything keeps progressing and..." August 23

  • Eager to return to mound for Angels, Shohei Ohtani says he never felt ‘pain’ in the first place

    Orange County Register "As Shohei Ohtani continues his smooth progress toward a return to pitching for the Angels, he said he never felt injured in the first place. A day after throwing a two-inning simulated game, a new milestone in his rehab from a grade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament, Ohtani..." August 22

  • Justin Upton cuts finger on broken wine glass, lands on DL

    Hardball Talk "Ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks, the Angels announced that outfielder Justin Upton has been placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to August 19) due to a laceration on his left index finger. Outfielder Jabari Blash has been..." August 22

  • Angels’ Shohei Ohtani passes another test with a simulated game in Arizona

    Orange County Register "Shohei Ohtani threw 29 pitches in a simulated game on Monday at the Angels’ training complex in Tempe, Ariz., and “all went well,” according to the Angels. Ohtani faced both right-handed and left-handed hitters during his outing. Ohtani is rehabbing from a damaged..." August 21

  • Angels’ Shohei Ohtani likely to face live hitters in next workout

    Sportsnaut "As a disappointing season winds down for the Los Angeles Angels, the club’s season could end on a bright note in the coming weeks. Two-way player Shohei Ohtani, who has been working his way back from a sprained UCL in his pitching elbow, could face hitters in his next..." August 19

  • Mike Trout likely out another week

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is still a little ways away from returning to action. According to Maria I. Guardado of, Trout is not expected to return to the Angels until their next homestand, which does not begin until Friday. In other words, that’s..." August 19

  • Why Mookie Betts deserves the AL MVP amidst a crowded field packed with deserving

    CBS Sports "We here at CBS Sports have spent the week analyzing all of baseball's award races. Today, we'll conclude our series by dissecting the American League Most Valuable Player Award. As you probably know, there a a lot of capable candidates. Let's get to it. Mookie..." August 17

  • Angels Acquire Odrisamer Despaigne, Designate Dayan Diaz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have acquired righty Odrisamer Despaigne from the Marlins, Maria Guardado of reports on Twitter. Cash considerations are headed to Miami in return. To open a roster spot, the Halos designated fellow right-hander Dayan Diaz for assignment...." August 15