Notes: Percival returns as instructor

Notes: Percival returns as instructor

ANAHEIM -- Troy Percival is returning to the Angels.

The team's career saves leader will report to both the Angels' Major and Minor League Spring Training camps as special assignment pitching instructor, and he will also travel to all Angels' affiliates to evaluate pitchers in the club's farm system throughout the 2007 season.

"I'm looking forward to beginning the next chapter of my baseball career and assisting those in charge in any manner they need from me," said Percival, who spent 10 seasons with the Angels. "The Angels have been an important part of my career and life and I couldn't be happier to be part of the organization."

Percival converted 324 saves and posted a 3.10 ERA over 11 seasons in his big-league career that also took him to Detroit. But it was with the Angels that he became one of the top closers in baseball. He ranks tied with Billy Wagner for 11th on the all-time saves list.

The 37-year-old was originally selected by the Angels as a catcher in the sixth round of the June 1990 First-Year Player Draft. In addition to setting franchise marks of 316 saves and appearing in 579 games, Percival was on the mound for each of the Angels' three series-clinching victories of the 2002 postseason. He tied a Major League postseason record with seven saves in seven opportunities.

"We're pleased to have Troy back in the Angels' family," said director of player development Tony Reagins. "His baseball knowledge, experience and passion for the game will greatly enhance our player development program."

Rehab report: Infielders Kendry Morales and Dallas McPherson will be examined by doctors on Monday, Jan. 22.

Morales will be examined by team orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, while McPherson will be seen by orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Andrew Dossett at the Carrell Memorial Clinic in Dallas.

Morales, who injured his right knee Jan. 9 while playing for Gigantes de Cibao in the round-robin phase of the Dominican Winter League playoffs, led the league with 11 home runs while batting .263 in 46 regular-season games. 

The 23-year-old also led his team with 35 RBIs, 19 extra-base hits and 34 runs scored. After hitting .320 at Triple-A Salt Lake last season and .234 in 57 games with the Angels, Morales is expected to compete for the first-base job with the big club this spring.

McPherson had a big portion of his season derailed last year with lower back spasms, the second straight year he's missed significant time to injury. After beginning a rehab assignment at Salt Lake on July 13, McPherson batted .250 with 17 home runs and 45 RBIs in 56 games for the Bees. In two separate stints with the Angels last year, McPherson hit .261 with seven homers and 13 RBIs.

Solid system: The Angels' farm system has been rated fourth among the 30 Major League clubs by Baseball America. This marks the fifth straight year the Angels' organization has cracked the top five in the publication's rankings, the only team that can make that claim.

"It's really a testament to the hard work of our scouts and player development people," said Angels scouting director Eddie Bane. "We appreciated the recognition from Baseball America and their commitment to the Minor Leagues."

Baseball America states "for the better part of the new millennium, the Angels have accrued talent as effectively as any organization in baseball."

The publication's Top 10 prospects report ranks the Angels organizational players in the following order:

Shortstop Brandon Wood is No. 1, followed by right-handed pitcher Nick Adenhart. Shortstop Erick Aybar is No. 3, with RHP Young-Il Jung (4); RHP Stephen Marek (5); catcher Hank Conger (6); catcher Jeff Mathis (7); INF Sean Rodriguez (8); RHP Sean O'Sullivan (9) and RHP Tommy Mendoza (10).

Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.