ANAHEIM -- A final decision on C.J. Wilson's next step probably won't be made until at least Aug. 11, when the Angels' starter meets face-to-face with Dr. Neal ElAttrache -- who is currently on vacation -- for a second opinion.
Wilson is still leaning strongly toward season-ending surgery to remove what he described as eight bone spurs in his left elbow. But he said the Angels have approached him about the possibility of taking a few weeks off, delaying the surgery -- one Wilson has had two other times in his career -- until the offseason and possibly helping the Angels out of the bullpen in September.
Left-hander Heaney nets Rookie of the Month honors
By Joey Nowak
The American League Player of the Month honors are staying in Anaheim. And for good measure, the Rookie of the Month award has found a home there, too.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been named the AL Player of the Month for July, the third such award in his career. And pitcher Andrew Heaney has been named the league's most outstanding rookie for July.
ANAHEIM -- Official word of the trade reached David Murphy during the fourth inning of the Indians' game against the Royals on Tuesday. Just like that, his time in Cleveland had come to a close. It was time to pack his bags and catch a flight to join the Angels.
In the dugout at Progressive Field, Murphy began saying his farewells in what was a surreal moment for the veteran.
ANAHEIM -- Angels left fielder Matt Joyce worked out on Monday, his first physical activity since sustaining a concussion July 26 in an outfield collision with shortstop Erick Aybar.
Joyce said his symptoms -- headaches and dizziness -- have subsided, and he was set to see a doctor Monday, before the Angels' series opener against the Indians at home, to evaluate the next steps for him toward his return.
LOS ANGELES -- The Angels threw nearly everything they had against the Dodgers on Sunday, and they still lost their sixth straight game. Six relief pitchers and 12 position players only produced a 5-3, 10-inning loss on Andre Ethier's walk-off two-run homer off Drew Rucinski at Dodger Stadium.
Rucinski entered the game in the 10th as the Angels' only option out of the bullpen other than closer Huston Street, who was being held back for a save situation. (It's also possible that, had the game gone long enough, starter Matt Shoemaker could have come out of the bullpen as an emergency option.)
LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the Dodgers a 5-3 victory over the Angels and their fourth straight win on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. The Halos wrapped up a 1-8 road trip.
Ethier also homered in the eighth inning to put the Dodgers up, 3-2, only for the Angels to tie the game in the ninth on Chris Iannetta's RBI double. When Ethier's spot in the order came around again in the 10th, the veteran yanked a 1-1 changeup into the right-field bullpen to give the Dodgers a Freeway Series sweep.
LOS ANGELES -- Scratched twice due to a sore hip, Clayton Kershaw returned to the mound Saturday at Dodger Stadium and still dominated, extending his scoreless innings streak to 37 with a two-hitter over eight innings in a 3-1 Dodgers win over the Angels.
Kershaw struck out seven with one walk, the first he's issued since July 3. He has four consecutive wins for a 9-6 overall record and 2.37 ERA.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Wilson may opt for season-ending surgery
Loose bodies in Angels lefty's elbow have restricted range of motion
By Alden Gonzalez
LOS ANGELES -- Angels starter C.J. Wilson has basically decided he can no longer pitch this season.
The veteran left-hander revealed Saturday morning that he has loose bodies in his elbow that have restricted his range of motion to the point where he can no longer be an effective pitcher. Wilson has been managing the issue all season, getting fluid drained from his left elbow four separate times, and he will now likely opt for surgery to remove bone spurs, a procedure that is expected to rule him out for the rest of the 2015 season.
LOS ANGELES -- In three days, the Angels have faced the no-doubt American League Pitcher of the Month for July, the sure-fire National League Pitcher of the Month for July and a man not far removed from the fourth-longest scoreless-innings streak in modern history.
Angels star capitalizes on Dodgers ace's bread-and-butter location
By David Adler
LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke, arguably the best pitcher in baseball in 2015, has rolled through the Major Leagues by relentlessly attacking the outer third of the strike zone. But Mike Trout, well, he's in a league of his own.
After his leadoff homer off Greinke in the 2015 All-Star Game -- notably, on a fastball off the outside corner -- Trout got his first regular-season at-bats of the year against Greinke in Friday's Freeway Series opener, a 5-3 Dodgers win at Dodger Stadium. Trout got the better of the matchup, going 2-for-3 off Greinke with an RBI triple smoked into the right-center-field gap and an RBI single lined cleanly into left-center.
LOS ANGELES - From the moment Mike Trout stepped into the batter's box and tapped Yasmani Grandal's shin guards in his customary first-inning greeting, the Dodgers' catcher knew he was in the middle of something really good, something extraordinary.
"It's not often you get to see one of the best players face one of the best pitchers," said Grandal, whose two-run homer proved the difference in a 3-1 victory that has the Angels in danger of being swept at the hands of their geographical rivals on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick launched a solo home run in the first inning and Zack Greinke was strong for eight innings as the Dodgers beat the Angels, 5-3, at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.
Greinke (10-2) was consistent as ever, firing eight innings and allowing only two runs while striking out eight; this is his fifth win in his last six outings. It was the bottom of the order that provided the offensive punch for the Dodgers. Alex Guerrero hit a two-run homer and Kiké Hernandez reached base three times, as the Nos. seven and eight hitters, respectively.
Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show" and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Angels' All-Star pitcher has trouble executing game plan
By David Adler
LOS ANGELES -- This is two starts in a row that the Angels' All-Star pitcher hasn't exactly pitched like one.
Hector Santiago gave up five runs on nine hits -- both tying season highs -- in five-plus innings Friday night as the Angels lost, 5-3, to the Dodgers in the Freeway Series opener at Dodger Stadium. It was the Angels' sixth loss in seven games following a 17-3 run.
LOS ANGELES -- The Angels fielded calls right up until the 1 p.m. PT Trade Deadline on Friday, open to the possibility of adding another bat and looking mostly for an experienced, controllable bullpen arm. They were hopeful that the asking prices would fall on the final day and were surprised by the fact that they actually rose, so they stood back, satisfied with the platoon outfielders they already acquired and unwilling to part with the few premium prospects they still have.
LOS ANGELES -- The Angels have promoted top pitching prospect Sean Newcomb to Double-A, making that the third level the 22-year-old left-hander will pitch at in his first full season in professional baseball.
Newcomb, drafted 15th overall last summer, has posted a 2.25 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 100 innings at both of the Angels' Class A levels, striking out 11.6 batters and walking 4.7 per nine innings. Newcomb has risen fast -- but not fast enough to compete for a spot in the Major League rotation at the start of next season.
HOUSTON -- It all seems so grim for the Angels now, not long after it all seemed so pleasant. They were swept in a three-game series at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night, Jason Castro's two-out, three-run walk-off homer serving as the final blow in a 3-0 loss. Now the Angels trail the Astros by two games in the American League West, a division the Angels led by two games as recently as eight days ago.
LOS ANGELES -- The Angels placed left-hander C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation on Friday.
Wilson pitched Tuesday and was knocked around by the Astros, allowing six runs in four innings -- but manager Mike Scioscia said Friday, before the Angels' series opener against the Dodgers, that there weren't any obvious injury indications.
HOUSTON -- Jason Castro, who came into his ninth-inning at-bat with six hits with runners in scoring position this season, blasted a three-run walk-off home run to complete the Astros' sweep of the Angels with a 3-0 win Thursday night, giving Houston a two-game lead in the American League West.
Castro turned on Fernando Salas' 1-2 pitch to dispatch it into the right-field seats for the Astros' second walk-off home run of the season. Salas entered the game with two outs in relief of Jose Alvarez and surrendered a single to Marwin Gonzalez before Castro ended the game.
HOUSTON -- Matt Shoemaker continued his dominance amid the Angels' 3-0 walk-off loss to the Astros on Thursday night, pitching seven scoreless innings to put his ERA at 2.01 since June 26.
Shoemaker still looks like the odd man out in the rotation once Jered Weaver returns, a development that could happen as early as the beginning of next week. But Shoemaker continues to say it isn't weighing on his mind, nor is he motivated by it -- even though the numbers suggest otherwise.
HOUSTON -- Angels center fielder Mike Trout returned to the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park after missing the last two games with soreness in his left wrist.
Trout took some swings off a tee, then hit some soft toss and "didn't really feel anything" in his ailing wrist, so the Angels started him in center field and in his customary No. 3 spot in the batting order.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Jered Weaver judged Thursday night's rehab appearance with the Inland Empire 66ers as successful, and said he felt very good physically. Weaver allowed only one unearned run for the Angels' Class A Advanced affiliate in the California League, who played against the Bakersfield Blaze, affiliate of the Mariners.
"My timing was a little bit off at the start, but the timing came together later in the game," Weaver said. "I was able to get my fastball down and away, and I could get out over my right side."
HOUSTON -- The uniforms have changed and the dynamics are completely different, but one constant remains: Astros fans still can't stand Albert Pujols.
The former Cardinal and current Angel gets booed every time he steps into the batter's box at Minute Maid Park, no matter how much time has passed since his prodigious, soul-crushing, game-winning home run against Brad Lidge in 2005. Now that the Astros are a contender, and the Angels are right on their heels, and the locals are filling up the ballpark, those Pujols jeers are even more pronounced.
HOUSTON -- Garrett Richards could tell he wasn't right, even as he navigated through the first four innings without giving up a single hit to the Astros' potent lineup on Wednesday night. He threw first-pitch strikes to only three of 13 hitters, his slider was hanging out over the middle of the plate -- and soon, it all came back to haunt him.
What started off as a potential no-hitter for Richards ended with his first two-homer game in 22 months and a 6-3 loss for his Angels, now a game back of the Astros in the American League West after dropping the first two of a three-game series.
HOUSTON -- The Astros moved into sole possession of first place in the American League West for the first time since before the All-Star break, beating the Angels, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, behind a terrific outing from rookie Lance McCullers.
McCullers (5-3) gave up a run in the second inning before getting into a groove and setting down 15 of the final 17 batters he faced. In the meantime, the Astros chipped away, taking a 2-1 lead in the fifth on RBIs by Colby Rasmus and Jose Altuve. Preston Tucker would then homer in the sixth, and Jon Singleton blasted his first of the year in the seventh to make it 4-1.
HOUSTON -- Mike Morin broke out as a rookie last year and entered the 2015 season with hopes of solidifying himself as the Angels' seventh-inning reliever. But he struggled early on, landed on the disabled list with a strain in his left oblique and gave up four runs in his second inning Tuesday night.
When they sent him down to Triple-A late Wednesday night, he wasn't surprised.
HOUSTON -- David DeJesus spent a year and a half teaming with Matt Joyce on the Rays. Now, DeJesus' presence on the Angels is a big reason why Joyce no longer has a role.
"It's weird," DeJesus said. "But that's part of the game. I had a good relationship with him. We had a friendship off the field. When it comes to, this is a tough situation. I hope he can get healthy and get back to himself, because I've seen him as a really good player."
Victorino goes 1-for-4 with a bunt single in Halos debut
By Alden Gonzalez
HOUSTON -- The Angels acquired left-handed-hitting outfielders David Murphy and David DeJesus on Tuesday, one day after trading for right-handed-hitting outfielder Shane Victorino. The moves -- made without parting with any premium starting-pitching prospects -- give Angels manager Mike Scioscia the ability to platoon in left field and designated hitter, the two most troubled spots of his lineup.
Rather than splurge on a premium bat in what continued to be a tough buyers' market for offense, the Angels opted for volume.
HOUSTON -- Sometimes, the best moves are the small ones. Really good teams make them all the time. Taken one by one, they don't raise eyebrows. Seen as part of a larger picture, they can significantly position a team for a stretch run.