TEMPE, Ariz. -- On his first swing of Opening Day last year, Ben Revere swung hard at a slider from Braves ace Julio Teheran and felt something on his right side. Revere initially dismissed the discomfort as a cramp, but it continued to bother him. The pain only intensified after he fouled off a fastball in his next at-bat, forcing him to exit the game early.
An MRI revealed that Revere, then with the Nationals, had torn his right oblique, which caused some internal bleeding and landed the veteran outfielder on the disabled list. Revere received a platelet-rich plasma injection, and rested for 14 days before returning to action.
PHOENIX -- Jerry Dipoto knows that the Astros are favored to win the American League West, and if baseball analysts aren't talking about Jose Altuve's budding powerhouse, they're focused on the Rangers. Why not? They've won the AL West two years in a row.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- As part of its ongoing efforts to quicken the pace of play, Major League Baseball has implemented a rule change this season that will eliminate the four-pitch intentional walk and replace it with a dugout signal.
The new rule has been met with mixed feelings across Major League Baseball, including within the Angels' clubhouse.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Four years ago, Angels infielder Andrelton Simmons played a pivotal role in helping the Netherlands reach the semifinals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Simmons, a native of Curacao, started at shortstop and hit .333 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBIs in eight games, an effort that helped the Netherlands secure its best finish in the tournament.
Next week, Simmons will depart for Seoul to represent the Netherlands in his second career World Baseball Classic. He'll join a loaded infield that will also feature the Yankees' Didi Gregorius, the Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, the Orioles' Jonathan Schoop and the Rangers' Jurickson Profar, many of whom are childhood friends of Simmons.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Enjoy two World Series HRs from GCU's Tim Salmon
By Michael Clair |
At 3:10 p.m. ET, the first pitch of 2017 will be thrown when the D-backs take on Grand Canyon University. Sure, it won't count in the standings, and there's only one Major League team taking part, but there will be pitchers, batters, and a bevy of relievers (it is still February, after all) getting their very first game action of the year.
GCU may not be the largest exporter of Major League talent, but the school has produced 24 Major Leaguers. Most notable is the Angels' all-time home run leader: Tim Salmon.
PHOENIX -- General manager Billy Eppler knows there will be tough roster decisions to make before Opening Day, particularly when it comes to first base.
After signing Luis Valbuena to a two-year, $15 million deal over the winter, the Angels have a surplus of corner infielders at their disposal. The resulting logjam means that there will be competition this spring between Valbuena and incumbent first baseman C.J. Cron for at-bats and playing time.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was an exciting day at Angels camp for right-hander Andrew Bailey, who received his new gloves for the season on Glove Day from Wilson Sporting Goods representatives on Monday morning at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cameron Maybin will be adjusting to more than just a new team this spring.
Maybin, who was acquired from the Tigers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Victor Alcantara over the offseason, has spent most of his career as a center fielder but will now be charged with filling the Angels' void in left field.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's Presidents Day and the Angels are less than a week away from starting Cactus League play, so what better time to check in with club president John Carpino?
Carpino has been the Angels' president since 2009 and oversees all aspects of business, sales, marketing and communications. To commemorate Presidents Day, MLB.com asked Carpino to share three messages to Angels fans for the upcoming season.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Albert Pujols said Sunday that he's pleased with the progress he's made since reporting to Angels camp last week.
"It's been really good," Pujols said. "No soreness at all afterwards. That's a good sign anytime you get to start hitting and being in the cage and then moving around and doing agility. I expect myself to probably get a little sore when I get on the field because it's a different movement than being on carpet or whatever. I don't think I'll have any setbacks."
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Manager Mike Scioscia was asked Sunday if any pitcher had stood out to him during the previous week's bullpen sessions at Tempe Diablo Stadium. It didn't take him long to produce a name.
"I think Alex Meyer is a guy that worked very hard with [Minor League pitching coach] Matty Wise on some performance-based exercises that he's brought in," Scioscia said. "He looked really good, and we obviously want him to maintain it."
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout may be a two-time American League Most Valuable Player Award winner and a five-time All-Star, but he's still looking for ways to improve his game.
The Angels' star center fielder arrived to Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday ahead of the club's first full-squad workout and said that one of his goals this season is to steal 40 bases. It's a threshold he hasn't reached since stealing 49 as a rookie in 2012.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Owner Arte Moreno said Saturday that the Angels will play out their current lease in Anaheim, a move that will keep the team at Angel Stadium through at least 2029.
The Angels could have opted out of their current lease in 2019, but attempts to secure a new ballpark elsewhere have so far proved unsuccessful. Moreno also believes it takes a minimum of three years to acquire another site due to environmental regulations in California.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Danny Espinosa knew his days in Washington were numbered after the Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox in December. Eaton is slated to play center field for the Nationals, meaning Trea Turner would move back to his natural shortstop position and displace Espinosa.
"The second they traded for Eaton, I knew I was gone," Espinosa said Friday as Angels position players reported to Tempe Diablo Stadium. "I had to be gone. There's no way I could have stayed there."
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Matt Shoemaker's 2016 season came to a sudden, terrifying end in September when he was struck on the head by a line drive, an injury that sent the 30-year-old Angels right-hander to the hospital for emergency brain surgery.
Shoemaker still bears a scar on the right side of his head from the incident, but he said he has no lingering apprehension about his health as he works toward returning to the mound for the Angels.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's been eight years since Huston Street arrived to Spring Training without a defined role on a club. The 33-year-old Angels right-hander has spent the majority of his career as a closer, but now he'll have to fight for the job, along with Cam Bedrosian and Andrew Bailey.
While Street made it clear that he wants to win the competition, he also stressed that his focus this spring will be to prepare for the season, particularly after injuries derailed his 2016 campaign.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A handful of new faces filtered in and out of the Angels' clubhouse at Tempe Diablo Stadium when pitchers and catchers reported Tuesday, but one familiar face was conspicuously absent: Jered Weaver.
For the last 11 years, Weaver has been a fixture at Angels camp, but he is currently in search of a new home. The 34-year-old right-hander's five-year, $85 million extension with the Halos expired at the end of last season and he remains a free agent, though he's recently been linked to the Padres.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- For Garrett Richards, the final mental hurdle came when he took the mound in October during instructional league and experienced game action for the first time since tearing his right elbow ligament. After completing three rehab starts with no setbacks, Richards' confidence in the health of his arm was affirmed.
"When I take the mound now, I'm going to take the mound just like I did even if I didn't get hurt," said Richards, who avoided Tommy John surgery by receiving an injection of stem cells into his elbow in May. "Mentally and physically, I feel like I'm just ready to go. I don't have doubts in my mind or anything."