Mike Trout is in his prime, but the Angels are hamstrung by their mediocrity. While their GM denies that they might, should they trade their star?
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Angels GM Billy Eppler is up against big expectations with many obstacles in the way of winning -- and now his pitching staff appears to be crumbling.
Lineup: Angels (13-15) vs. Rays (12-14)
- 1. Yunel Escobar, 3B (R)
- 2. Daniel Nava, LF (S)
- 3. Mike Trout, CF (R)
- 4. Albert Pujols, DH (R)
- 5. Kole Calhoun, RF (L)
- 6. C.J. Cron, 1B (R)
- 7. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
- 8. Carlos Perez, C (R)
- 9. Cliff Pennington, 2B (S)
- SP: Corey Rasmus, RHP Daily notes
On Friday, Angels GM Billy Eppler adamantly shut down speculation that the team should consider trading star outfielder Mike Trout, saying that the Angels have "no intent or desire" to do so.
Angels' rotation is in trouble
Although he had a losing record, Garrett Richards had been the Angels' best starting pitcher so far this season. Losing the right-hander to Tommy John surgery will be tough for Los Angeles to overcome.
Heading into Tim Lincecum's long-awaited pitching "showcase," David Shoenfield identifies five fits for the two-time Cy Young winner.
High velocity hurting pitchers?
The three starters with the highest average fastball velocity since 2013 (minimum 500 innings) have all needed Tommy John surgery at one point in their careers.
Losing Richards is big blow for Angels
Over the last three seasons, Garrett Richards has been much better than the rest of the starters in the Angels' rotation.
Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer
Angels should give serious consideration in signing free agent Tim Lincecum in light of their most recent injury to Garrett Richards
Angels ace Garrett Richards is expected to need Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow, sources said.
Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer
Garrett Richards has been diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right elbow and is out for the year with Tommy John surgery necessary. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first to report.
Ortega could lose job when Nava returns
Although Rafael Ortega has impressed during his time in left field for the Angels, manager Mike Scioscia indicated that Daniel Nava will reclaim the starting job once he returns from the disabled list. "We know Daniel Nava’s potential and what he could mean to our lineup," Scioscia said. "We definitely have to explore that." Orange County Register
Trout, Harper have flipped scripts
While Bryce Harper has come back to Earth after his insane start to the season, Mike Trout has taken off at the plate to put his rough start behind him.
No timeline yet for Street
It’s been nearly a week since Huston Street strained his left oblique, but according to the OC Register, it's still too early to gauge his recovery. When asked about Street's status, manager Mike Scioscia said: “It’s calmed down but we’re not going to know where he is until he starts to get into some more physical activities and some rotational things and starts to throw." OC Register
Angels starter Garrett Richards says he will be re-evaluated Thursday to determine whether he can make his next start after dealing with fatigue.
Mike Trout had an RBI triple and sparked a four-run eighth inning with a solo homer, and the Los Angeles Angels avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 on Wednesday.
Chris Carter hit two long home runs and drove in three, Junior Guerra won his first career major league start and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Tuesday.
Since the announcement of Tim Lincecum's showcase set for this Friday, the list of teams expected to attend -- and not attend -- has become clearer.
Forget the slow start, Trout is on fire now
Mike Trout's slow start is officially a thing of the past, as he now makes David Schoenfield's list of April All-Stars. The Angels center fielder is scorching the ball right now, hitting .413 with five homers in his past 12 games. Schoenfield: April All-Stars
Skaggs diagnosed with biceps tendinitis
The Angels announced Monday that left-hander Tyler Skaggs -- who is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery -- has been diagnosed with biceps tendinitis and will rest for another week before being re-evaluated. Orange County Register
Jimmy Nelson pitched seven strong innings and drove in the go-ahead run to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 on Monday night.
Angels vs Rays
Angel Stadium of Anaheim - Fri 5/6