Player News - Angels

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Martin Maldonado went 1-for-2 with a two-run single in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Brewers.

Maldonado came through with a two-run single off Chase Anderson in the bottom of the first inning. The veteran backstop hit just .221/.276/.368 a year ago, but augmented those subpar numbers via a career-best 14 home runs, 19 doubles and Gold Glove-winning defense. The 2017 campaign was his first receiving more than 250 at-bats. He finished with 429 of them for the season.
Feb 24 - 6:55 PM

Making his MLB debut in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Brewers, Shohei Ohtani surrendered two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out two over 1 1/3 innings.

As far as Cactus League games go, this one had all the intrigue in the world. Ohtani -- who shined as both a pitcher and hitter in Japan -- signed on with the Angels in December. The 23-year-old turned in a mostly solid spring debut on Saturday, marred only by a Keon Broxton solo home run which he allowed in the second inning. Pitching debut now in the books, Ohtani will likely see his first work as a hitter in the coming days, though no exact date has been stamped on that. The Angels will be rolling with a six-man rotation this year, which will keep Ohtani on the same kind of schedule he kept in Japan.
Feb 24 - 6:52 PM

Nick Tropeano gave up three runs on four hits — including a homer — over 1 1/3 innings Friday against the Athletics.

Tropeano pitched in the instructional league last fall, but this was his first start against major league competition since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August of 2016. The 27-year-old was handed an early lead Friday, but he gave up it right back after allowing an RBI single to Marcus Semien and a two-run blast to Matt Olson. His health is the most important thing, but he’ll look for better results as the spring continues. The Angels are planning to go with a six-man rotation, so Tropeano is being considered along with JC Ramirez and Parker Bridwell. Tropeano has options remaining, so the Angels could always stash him in the minors if he’s showing some rust.
Feb 23 - 9:09 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers, Padres, Giants and Rangers "are believed to have interest" in Tim Lincecum.

Grant Brisbee of SB Nation has reported that Lincecum has a guaranteed contract offer from one club, but it's unclear but it's unclear at this point which team it is (he did rule out the Giants). The two-time Cy Young winner didn't pitch anywhere in 2017 after posting a 9.16 ERA and 2.37 WHIP in nine starts with the Angels in 2016.
Feb 23 - 12:00 PM

Shohei Ohtani is expected to make his Cactus League debut as a pitcher on Saturday.

The Angels are set to host the Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona. Ohtani will probably go about two innings in his first live appearance in a major league uniform. He'll presumably see his first action as a hitter early next week, though that plan is a little less certain at the moment.
Feb 22 - 12:38 PM

Chris Young has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf.

Young suffered the injury during a workout earlier this week. He told reporters Wednesday that he only expects to miss 10 days, but calf strains can sometimes take 2-4 weeks to fully recover from. It's very possible the veteran outfielder will run out of time and have to open the 2018 regular season on the disabled list. He signed a one-year, $2 million free agent contract with the Angels on February 18 and projects to serve as an active fourth outfielder if his health cooperates.
Feb 22 - 11:06 AM

Angels placed RHP Alex Meyer on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

The move clears a 40-man roster space for outfielder Jabari Blash, whom the Angels acquired on Wednesday in a trade with the Yankees. Meyer underwent labrum surgery on his right shoulder last September and will reportedly be sidelined until at least the beginning of the 2019 season.
Feb 21 - 8:00 PM

Angels acquired OF Jabari Blash from the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash was recently designated for assignment by the Yankees in order to make room for Brandon Drury, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade on Tuesday. The 28-year-old outfielder has a career .200/.323/.336 batting line at the major league level, but his power from the right side could allow him to be a bench bat for the Angels in 2018.
Feb 21 - 7:54 PM

Yankees designated OF Jabari Blash for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for infielder Brandon Drury, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in a three-team swap on Tuesday. Blash was traded to the Yankees in December in a deal that sent Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the Padres. The 28-year-old outfielder owns an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 career batting line in 279 plate appearances at the major league level, but he could draw interest on waivers.
Feb 20 - 8:02 PM

J.C. Ramirez (elbow) faced hitters Tuesday for the first time this spring.

Ramirez was shut down last August with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, but he opted for stem cell treatment over surgery (similar to teammate Garrett Richards) and said he felt normal Tuesday. He's lined up to make his Cactus League debut on March 1 as he attempts to win a rotation spot.
Feb 20 - 2:55 PM

The Angels will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

Angel Stadium should be slightly more hitter-friendly than it has been in the past. The Angels have a right-handed heavy lineup, but the lefty-swinging Kole Calhoun should be happy to hear the news. This is one of those scenarios that could help Shohei Ohtani as a hitter (he hits left-handed) and potentially come back to bite him as a pitcher.
Feb 20 - 12:43 PM

According to Grant Brisbee of SB Nation, Tim Lincecum has a guaranteed contract offer from a team that’s not the Giants.

In other words, a reunion with the Giants likely isn't going to happen. Lincecum reportedly had 25-30 scouts in attendance at his showcase last Thursday, where he was throwing in the 90-93 mph range. That's better than where he was during his disastrous stint with the Angels in 2016. Apparently at least one team saw enough to offer a guaranteed deal. There should be more clarity on this situation soon.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 19 - 1:25 PM

Angels signed OF Chris Young to a one-year contract.

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register says Young will make $2 million and can earn more through incentives. Young, 34, batted .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He'll give the Angels an option in the outfield and/or in the designated hitter spot against left-handers.
Feb 18 - 4:02 PM

Angels signed 1B Chris Carter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carter will make $1.75 million if in the majors, with a possible $600,000 more in incentives. Carter batted just .201/.284/.370 with eight home runs over 208 plate appearances for the Yankees last season before being released at midseason. He caught on with the A's on a minor league pact after that but wasn't called up. Carter, 31, will help replenish some of the first base depth the Angels lost when they traded C.J. Cron.
Feb 18 - 3:13 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that Shohei Ohtani will be available to both pinch-hit and pinch-run on the days that he isn't starting.

Scioscia noted that normally he would never utilize a starting pitcher as a pinch-runner, but with the club proceeding with just a three-man bench they'll need to utilize Ohtani's versatility.
Feb 17 - 3:03 PM


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