LA Angels Tuesday News Crash: Sore Shoulder

A.J. Ramos left Sunday’s game because of right shoulder soreness. There is no word on when he will be back.

The Angels are middle of the pack at positional power rankings for the catcher position.

Bleacher Report writes that the Angels will disappoint this year. Let’s hope not. Meanwhile they managed to get onto this list of teams with loaded lineups.

Albert Pujols finalized his deal to return to the Cardinals for a year. He says he’ll retire after this season.

The Dodgers traded Matt Beaty to the Padres for minor league two way player River Ryan.

The Diamondbacks acquired Sergio Alcantara from the Cubs for cash considerations. The Athletics just re-signed Jed Lowrie.

Pete Walker, pitching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, was just arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Florida.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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Twebur
Super Member
10 months ago

I sure hope we have a strategy for this likely needed platoon. Ward, Upton, Duffy, ?????.
Do we even have a backup at 1st? Get the Plumber a 1st basemen’s glove pronto!

https://www.dailynews.com/2022/03/28/angels-weighing-options-for-how-to-handle-first-base-against-left-handed-pitchers/

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

The Duffman can play first.But if hes manning second How about Taylor Blakeless Ward? he’s such an incredible athlete I betcha he won’t pull his foot off the bag.

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
Twebur
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Gooooooose 2022!

steelgolf
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Gaskins?

red floyd
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

He signed with the Braves.

Twebur
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

Meant to say “The Duff Man” will be the “New Goooose” for 2022.

FungoAle
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Why subject the pitching staff to a player who is out of position? Find a RH hitter who IS a first basemen. Another Perry wart, like the middle infield.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

2 reasons I can think of, because the GM and Joe prefer player’s that field multi positions and they believe that either Capt. Jack or Duffy will hit lefties.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

This is why I kept Goose in my off season piece. And I’d like Rendon to get sone games off early in the year.

Better than having a ton of utility guys with no plus tools.

RexFregosi
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

my guess is we keep PTP’s boyz (Wade/Duffy). Rengifo/Velazquez to SLC, and Captn Jack is cut loose.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Captain Jack has an option left so no need to for him to walk the plank

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

I like fletch at 2nd. His arm isn’t the best for that distance.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago

I have the same concerns. But I also had those concerns with Eckstein.

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
Jeff Joiner
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Legend
10 months ago

Agreed although I don’t recall Fletcher’s arm being an issue when he played a lot of third base.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
10 months ago

AJ Ramos has a torn shoulder capsule. Out for the year, career might be over given his age.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

that’s a shame on a personal level. Hate to see it.

h27kim
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Ouch. I was really pulling for him to get that 100th MLB save that he wanted. 🙁

Twebur
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

trAdition

Fansince1971
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Pitching for the Halos is like being a drummer for Spinal Tap.

Twebur
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Quick diagnosis. Good sign we didn’t go through the trAditional health progression.

*Should be fine
*Day to day
*10 IL
*Should be ready in a few weeks
*Few more days, almost ready
*Set back
*Forget he’s on the team
*Surgery and/or 60 IL

No more Dr Nick?

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Minor setback?

A little tweak?

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
matthiasstephan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

It’s just a flesh wound …

h27kim
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

I did hear on radio broadcast that PTP brought a whole new training and conditioning staff from ATL.

FungoAle
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

He’s been washed for years, no loss.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
10 months ago

It’s Bleacher Report, so crap is expected. I agree with them that “which Rendon” we’ll get in 2022 is an unknown, and that the team lacks SP depth. They missed on calling out the improved bullpen and what a full season (fingers crossed) of Trout will bring. In addition,they did not identify the one team in AL West setup for a perfect “buttercup” is the Rangers. They spent over $500M on players and I won’t be suprised if they only receive minimal improvement year-over.

That said, 83/84 wins for the Halos is still an improvement and just might be enough to slip into the expanded playoffs.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
10 months ago

Who do you think is the fastest running 1st to 3rd on the team? Or who will steal the most bases? Who is the fastest from Plate to first?

My answers are in order are Fletch, Marsh, Ohtani. Or maybe Trout, Ohtani, Wade. Or…..Fun stuff.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago

Adell but not Adele

red floyd
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

But then how will we be rolling in the deep?

Twebur
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

GPB might need a little Smith-Rock treatment for excluding Adell and including Fletch.

RexFregosi
Super Member
10 months ago

i didn’t think Fletch was considered ‘fast’

his speed always seemed ordinary to me (?)

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

But he’s super baseball fast

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
10 months ago

Can’t wait to see the lineups for the rest of ST. I am in high hopes for my favorites to out play the competition and break camp with the big league team. If not I hope they hang with SLC and wait for the call up instead of going FA.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
10 months ago

Being optimistic about the Halos in ’22 has it’s rewards. If the team does well you can say, “See, I knew we would be winners all the way”. When you are positive the day is more fun and Angels games are just awesome on the days of comebacks. Reading about Doom and gloom from authors we never heard of is enough to make us act like Will Smith. If Trout goes down again or Redone is done or Shohei shuts down or Fletch is injured or the pitching fails then those events or a combo of them happen then yes we are curtains, but on the positive side if it all jells we will be special. I really do believe that the Angels are special and will be at the end of 162 games. Go Halos-Go Angels!

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
10 months ago

Twins signed Chris Archer, meaning Johnny Cueto is still available. I figured Cueto would be the next name off the board.

I’d still take him as a swing guy/long reliever/back end option. He won’t be ready for a few weeks but by then there will likely be an opening.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

at first I thought we should have taken a gamble at $3.5mil but I see he has incentives that drive it up to nearly $10mil. I mean, if we signed him at a lower number and he hit those incentives I guess it would mean he pitched well. Maybe. I don’t see what those incentives are and that $10mil “mutual option”…what’s that?

RexFregosi
Super Member
10 months ago

Looks like there will be baseball today – I don’t think it’ll be rained out and should at least start on time

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Off days suck

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
10 months ago

We made the “Loaded Lineups” without Upton in their lineup.

RexFregosi
Super Member
10 months ago

We made 10th without him.

Put him in (and Wade instead of Drew) and we are much higher.

Mia
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Mia
10 months ago

I would just like to say a heartfelt

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to Bleacher Report

BushLeague
Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Mia

Yeah that Bleacher Report article is weak. The author’s arguments for a lot of the teams is very flawed. He didn’t do his homework very well. Saying that the Rangers will likely be better than the Angels? Lol! Did he look at the Rangers team other than Semien and Seager? Tons of holes on that roster. And Seattle may be good this year, but their bullpen is what carried them last year. Their bullpen is much worse this year.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  BushLeague

2021 2022 Mariners prediction: Seattle will figure out away to screw up their playoff chances and all of lookout landing will melt down. That is all.

jco
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jco
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I’m finding it really hard to peg the Mariners. Their pythagorean record last year was 76-86. For those that don’t know that stat, it’s the predicted record of a team based on the runs scored and runs given up. They beat that by 14 wins which is a huge amount. The next best amount is Yankees who beat their differential by 6 wins. Normally teams regress toward the run differential.

On the other hand, the Mariners added some good players in Winker and Ray.

tommyshalo
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Mia

They started with this last year, so hopefully that article ages bad too.

RexFregosi
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Mia

keep this GIF handy – there’ll be plenty more who deserve it

USA Today has us missing the playoffs this morning also

Fansince1971
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

With the Angels’ track record, I would not bet on them. Do I hope to be pleasantly surprised- of course. If I were a sports writer, would I be predicting the playoffs for this disappointing franchise – no way.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

It’s great being the team with a bunch of underdogs. Of course that would be underdogs that are wearing gold plated diapers .

FungoAle
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

To be honest, it’s nice to read objective viewpoints from outside the Angel community. Does not hurt my feelings. They are only predictions. It’s natural to feel optimistic about every acquisition and every spring training long ball but when you look at the team holistically, there is not a lot of change from last years horrible performance. While I think health is always key, there still are some sore spots that might hold the team down.

LanaBanana
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I would far rather the predictors undervalue us.