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  1. Vernon Wells needs thumb surgery, will miss 8-10 weeks

    May 21, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells AP

    The Angels’ outfield logjam is suddenly a lot less complicated. Angels’ television broadcaster Victor Rojas reports that Vernon Wells will have surgery tomorrow to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. He can resume baseball activities in 8-10 weeks, which means he’ll likely be out until around the start of August. Of…

  2. Vernon Wells likely DL bound with thumb injury

    May 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Vernon Wells

    As if losing a 13-inning game against the Padres on an error-induced walk-off run scored by a pitcher who pinch-hit wasn’t bad enough, the Angels also lost Vernon Wells and Ryan Langerhans to injuries. Wells injured his thumb stealing second base and Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that he was wearing a cast after the…

  3. Angels, Nationals reportedly discussing Peter Bourjos trade

    May 11, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We detailed earlier today that Peter Bourjos seems to have gone missing. Now tonight we find that multiple teams are looking for him. The Los Angeles Angels center fielder hasn’t played much since the Angels called up uber-prospect Mike Trout from the minors, losing ground in a crowded outfield race that also includes Vernon Wells,…

  4. Missing persons alert: Peter Bourjos

    May 10, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    Peter Bourjos is a reigning gold glove winner. Probably the best defensive center fielder in the game.  But the dude has been riding pine like crazy lately: Peter Bourjos’ game-changing speed and Gold Glove-caliber defense don’t do the Angels any good on the bench, but that’s where those tools were again Wednesday night. The center fielder was…

  5. Will Jered Weaver’s no-hitter help Angels turn things around?

    May 3, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

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    Jered Weaver couldn’t hold back the tears in the aftermath of his first career no-hitter on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins. After an emotional celebration with his Angels teammates, he hugged his parents and his wife before taking the microphone to address the crowd. “My mom, my dad, my wife, I mean this is…

  6. Jered Weaver stymies Twins for first career no-hitter

    May 3, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

    weaver getty

    We’ve got a big no-no alert tonight out in Anaheim. Angels starter Jered Weaver is just three outs away from completing a no-hitter against the Twins. He’s fanned eight batters and walked just one in a dominant showing against a punchless Minnesota lineup, and is sitting on 111 pitches as the game moves to the…

  7. Mike Trout is in the Angels’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Apr 28, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    The Angels have dropped five straight games and currently sit in last place in the American League West with a 6-14 record, so they are hoping the newly-promoted Mike Trout can provide a much-needed spark for their lineup. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Trout will bat leadoff and play left field this afternoon…

  8. Angels release Bobby Abreu, call up Mike Trout

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu Getty

    Bryce Harper isn’t the only top prospect making his way to the major leagues Saturday. The Angels announced that they have released Bobby Abreu and will call up Mike Trout from Triple-A Salt Lake. As for Abreu, the move appeared inevitable. After a trade with the Indians fell through at the end of spring training,…

  9. Mike Trout is hitting .419 with a 1.132 OPS at Triple-A

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    One player certainly isn’t going to solve all of the Angels’ problems in the midst of a 6-12 start, particularly with veterans calling out manager Mike Scioscia in the media, but it’s tough to ignore the fact that stud prospect Mike Trout is hitting .419 at Triple-A. As a 20-year-old, no less. Trout is 31-for-74…

  10. Mark Trumbo is starting in left field tonight

    Apr 20, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Mark Trumbo has been nothing short of a mess at third base, so the Angels have decided to try something new. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Trumbo will start in left field tonight against the Orioles. This is actually his first major league start in left field, though he played two…

  11. Mike Trout off to 10-for-20 start in Triple-A

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Top prospect Mike Trout maintained his .500 average for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, going 2-for-4 and hitting his first homer. He’s 10-for-20 in five games for the Bees. There will certainly be call in Anaheim for Trout to replace Vernon Wells in the Angels outfield if this keeps up. Wells is off to a 2-for-14 start…

  12. The Angels are hurting themselves with Mark Trumbo at third base

    Apr 8, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    What’s getting lost in the mess that is Mark Trumbo at third base for the Angels is the fact that Trumbo just isn’t much of an offensive upgrade. Trumbo, who committed his third error in two games in the Angels’ 7-3 loss to the Royals on Sunday, hit .254/.291/.477 as a rookie last season, giving…

  13. Springtime Storylines: Have Toronto Blue Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista?

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Toronto Blue Jays

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: Have the Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista? Several times this…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Did the Angels buy themselves the A.L. West?

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's first baseman Pujols watches the field during their spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Los Angeles Angels of Pujols. The Big Question:  Did the Angels buy themselves the A.L. West this winter? The…

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: The Angels are loose

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tempe Diablo

    The past two years of spring training trips have followed the same pattern: early in the trip I get to the ballpark early, acting all professional and reportery with my notepad and the desire to tell stories.  By the end of the trip I’m just grooving on it all, realizing that most ballplayers don’t have…

  16. Angels’ logjam means Mike Trout is likely bound for minors

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    One way for the Angels to lessen their first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam would be to have stud prospect Mike Trout begin the season in the minors and it sure sounds like manager Mike Scioscia thinks that would be a smart idea. Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos, and Torii Hunter are cemented as the Angels’ starting…

  17. Running down the rosters: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has made a bunch of smart moves since taking over after the 2009 season and he was presented with one of the greatest gifts in major league history when the Angels took Vernon Wells‘ contract off his hands and sent back Mike Napoli in return, yet his Blue Jays are still…

  18. Running down the rosters: Los Angeles Angels

    Feb 8, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be projecting 25-man rosters for each of the 30 teams. I’m starting today with the Angels. The winter’s biggest spenders, the Angels are now again poised to threaten a Rangers team that appeared to be in pretty good position to set up its own little mini-dynasty in the…

  19. FYI: Barry Bonds can use a baseball bat again

    Feb 8, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    When Barry Bonds was convicted and sentenced for obstruction of justice he, like any other criminal, was told that he couldn’t possess any “firearm, ammunition, destructive device, or other dangerous weapon.”  Apparently a baseball bat is considered a “dangerous weapon” for this purpose. Bonds — no doubt realizing that the Tigers are actually considering using Brandon…

  20. Russell Branyan joins Yankees on minor-league contract

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Russell Branyan has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. He’ll compete for a bench spot in spring training after hitting just .197 in 68 games for the Diamondbacks and Angels last season. Branyan’s low batting averages and high strikeout totals have often masked otherwise…

  21. Angels won’t be willing to move Peter Bourjos

    Dec 11, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    The Angels have seven players for the three outfield spots and DH in the wake of the Albert Pujols signing, but they’re not going to consider trading Peter Bourjos, GM Jerry DiPoto said. “Peter Bourjos is a guy we’re going to hold,” Dipoto told FOXSports.com. “He’s one of the better defenders in the league, a 0-to-3 (in years…

  22. The new Angels lineup

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter

    The guess here is that Mike Scioscia is going do a lot of scratching out starting nines on the back of napkins over the next couple of months. Here’s the Angels’ current top 11, along with their 2011 numbers and all the positions they could see action at. Chris Iannetta: .238/.370/.414, 14 HR, 55 RBI,…

  23. What’s next for the Angels?

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jerry Dipoto, Arte Moreno

    So, the Halos added a bit to their payroll today, committing $250 million to Albert Pujols and another $77.5 million to C.J. Wilson. Not clear at the moment is whether is they’ll have to make some tough choices to squeeze both in. After acquiring Vernon Wells, the Angels opened last year with a $141 million payroll,…

  24. The Angels want both Albert Pujols AND C.J. Wilson

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

    Angels logo

    When you hear about a team being in on two big free agents it’s usually an either/or situation, with one of them being the fallback.  We’ve seen the Marlins want it all so far, but now another team is going all Veruca Salt: the Angels, who Ken Rosenthal says want both C.J. Wilson and Albert…

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