Aybar contract talks and other Tuesday tidbits

March, 13, 2012
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The agent for shortstop Erick Aybar arrived in Arizona Monday night and is expected to meet face-to-face with Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto this week, a source said. The agent, Fernando Cuza, and the Angels are trying to negotiate a long-term contract extension for Aybar, who otherwise would become a free agent in the fall...

Kendrys Morales experienced some tightness in his right calf after running Monday and it could delay his timeline for getting into games. Morales ran the bases for the first time on Sunday. He fractured his ankle in May of 2010 and hasn't played since. The Angels were hoping he could play in a game later this week.

"His ankle is fine. He needs to get his legs in shape," manager Mike Scioscia said...

Mike Trout is on the travel roster for Tuesday's game at Salt River Fields against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Trout, who lost 10 pounds with a viral infection and hasn't played yet this spring, isn't in the starting lineup. Scioscia said Trout will play a few innings of defense....

Pitcher Jason Isringhausen, who hasn't pitched yet this spring due to some shoulder tightness, will be pitching in games within 2-3 days, Scioscia said.

Scioscia had an interesting quote when he was asked about the work ethic of Albert Pujols and some of the other star players on this roster: "This team has a blue-collar fabric and a Mercedes Benz look."...

The tallest pitcher in professional baseball got reassigned to minor-league camp. Loek Van Mil, 7-foot-1, wasn't surprised by the move as he had been taken off the team's 40-man roster over the winter. Van Mil allowed four runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He likely will begin the season at Triple-A Salt Lake.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Mike Trout
BA HR RBI R
.319 5 13 14
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Pujols 6
RBIA. Pujols 14
RM. Trout 14
OPSM. Trout 1.019
WC. Wilson 2
ERAG. Richards 2.84
SOC. Wilson 28