LA Angels Tuesday Hicks Crash: Outta Here!

Yesterday the Angels designated Aaron Hicks for assignment, selected Cole Tucker, and recalled Davis Daniel. The also optioned Zac Kristofak to Salt Lake City. Zach Neto’s brief hot streak was a result of him playing at 85% rather than going all out. He also changed his walk up music. I guess it worked. The Angels won yesterday 6-5 against the Philadelphia Phillies. These are the Phillies who were supposedly beating up on their opponents. Baseball is crazy.

In the “not making this up” department. The Twins touch a summer sausage for good luck before they go to bat. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Hopefully, they keep it in the refrigerator between games. Player’s Weekend will be back this year, but without the nicknames on the uniforms.

Blue Jays prospect Brandon Barriera underwent season ending elbow surgery. Jesus Luzardo has a mild flexor muscle strain.

The Red Sox designated infielder Pablo Reyes for assignment. He’s been bad at the plate, although not as bad as Hicks.

Here is the latest on the stadium plan for the Athletics.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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Eric_in_Portland
Legend
17 days ago

It’s interesting that my concern has gone from disappointment about Trout to outrage about Pillar.

We’re not even going to get that silver lining

2GA2Join
Super Member
17 days ago

Well, the silver lining is that this whole thing has resulted in almost 300 comments here on CtPG today.

And that generates $100 for the Masthead for every comment, right?
 😄 

CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Pillar, how stupid is that. Season is lost, let’s at least get some classics for the young guys. Sign Brandon Belt already and try to get Joey Votto. Would love to see the Captain and future HOF play here during this lost season. Good influences for the kids too.

halofansince1978
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

I called it a couple hours ago…the stupidity has started.

DowningDude
Legend
17 days ago

Started?

halofansince1978
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Okay the new and improved after Trout stupidity.

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  DowningDude

He meant continues.

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago

The main goal at this point, aside from Play The Kids, should be this:

Protect Ward At All Costs!!!

Pineapple12
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

*** Trade Ward at all costs ???

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Perry would get hosed in the deal. No more trades. Just let the youts play.

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

You protect him now so you can trade him for max value later. He’s our only decent trade chip.

An injured Ward – and let’s face it, he’s not exactly Ironman himself either – would do no good come the trade deadline.

Pineapple12
Super Member
17 days ago
steelgolf
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Why Perry? Just play the youts and stay away from the aged veterans on the waiver wire. Yeeesh.

Pineapple12
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

We had younger options in AAA. Don’t love the process here.

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Yes, what’s the difference between Pillar and Adams at this point? This move reeks of Wash’s influence.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Clueless. Perry hates his own farm system

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  Pineapple12

Hilarious. Completely and utterly ridiculous.

Perry needs to be freed from his employer.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  Pineapple12

We’re signing castoffs from the CWS.

Pineapple12
Super Member
17 days ago

We are down bad, Senator.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  Pineapple12

Equine medicine has a purpose

Brent
Super Member
17 days ago

The Angels have agreed to a one-year contract with OF Kevin Pillar.

Mia
Legend
Mia
17 days ago
Reply to  Brent

Just need warm bodies at this point

Pineapple12
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Mia

Just don’t play him over Jo or Mick

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  Pineapple12

Just like Wash not playing Hicks over Jo and Mick

Pineapple12
Super Member
17 days ago

Sigh

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Mia

Poke him with a stick to make sure he’s still breathing.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

“Weekend at Perry’s”

Brent
Super Member
17 days ago

Schanuel 1B
Adell RF
Ward LF
Drury 2B
Rengifo 3B
O’Hoppe C
Tucker DH
Moniak CF
Neto SS

Tonight’s lineup

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Brent

Once Sanó is back, we’ll have a proper third baseman. I like that lineup.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

I love that lineup as we can compete on level ground with the White Sox

clover_black
Super Member
17 days ago

yea it’s a really great lineup but gonna be so much better with sano I can’t wait.

Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago

The Angels must have a plan to temporarily replace Trout, right?

Well both Salt Lake and Rocket City are playing right now and there have been NO moves to replace a normal starter either before or during the game. The Front office knew well before game time that Trout was out so why would you not have a plan in place to fill the MLB roster?

. Marisnick is still on the minor league IL, Hicks is in purgatory ( they wouldn’t dare try to bring him back would they?) Pillar is now a free agent but he has sucked for years now. So their only real source is someone from the minors.

How can you not already have a plan in place? This seems like such incompetence. At least if you are going to play a man short at least do us all a favor and make it Suarez and not a position player ( even if none of them can hit)

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Most MLB teams are playing 5-D Chess…..we are playing Candy Land.

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

👏 👏 👏

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Candy Crush would have been better

steelgolf
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

So true.

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Negotiating with Kevin Pillar took all that time from Perry from bringing up someone from the minors.

Brent
Super Member
17 days ago

Angels really just gonna trot out a choose your own adventure lineup tonight with the roster.

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  Brent

Dora the Explorer

Oski_Bear
Member
17 days ago

Canceled MLB TV subscription. There’s nothing left to see here

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Oski_Bear

Watch Detmers, Silseth, Adell, Moniak and Ward grow into perennial all-stars? That’s what I’m doing.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

 😆 

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
17 days ago

I believe.

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

“There are people who walk against then wind. Then, there are people who pee against the wind.”

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
17 days ago

I know what drives us to succeed.

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Eric_in_Portland
Legend
17 days ago

we’re not going with a lineup tonight. It’s just whoever feels like it can go up and hit

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
17 days ago

 😆 

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago

Free Form Jazz….go where it takes us. Maybe they are waiting to get a Summer Sausage to touch, like the Twins before they announce it.

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
17 days ago

A lottery to pick fans from the stands.

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago

More details from Fletcher:

The injury seemingly came out of nowhere. Trout scored from second base on a wild pitch and he stole a base in a comeback win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night, but he felt something unusual around the third inning. It got worse overnight, and he went for an MRI exam on Tuesday morning.

As for replacing him in the lineup, the simplest move would be to have Mickey Moniak in center field. Manager Ron Washington said Moniak will “get a lot of playing time out there,” but he stopped short of saying Moniak would play “every day.”

The Angels also could put Jo Adell in center field, and Washington even mentioned Luis Rengifo getting some opportunity there.

Trout said the recent slump had nothing to do with his knee, which didn’t bother him until Monday.

“I don’t know (what caused it),” Trout said. “You can guess, try to pinpoint what play it’s from. I play the game hard and (stuff) happens.”

“After doing activity, when I sat down and got back up, that’s when I started feeling it. I mentioned something in the seventh or eighth inning to the (medical staff), just to give them a heads up, just to make sure it wasn’t anything crazy.”

Trout said had trouble sleeping on Monday night, and on Tuesday morning he told the Angels that he needed to get it checked, so he underwent an MRI that showed the torn meniscus.

Trout said he’s not sure when he’ll have the surgery, but his understanding is it’s “a pretty simple procedure.”

Pineapple12
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

Heartbreaking

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

The calf stain injury from a few years ago is holding on line 2……..said it’s urgent.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  smithy610

The only thing missing is Trout saying “I sneezed and heard my knee snap”

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
17 days ago

the Phillies have 4 guys who are injured, all due back by May 10. We have 10 players hurt, with some like due June 1 (at least), July 2 (at least), July 1 (at least), or out for the season.

Pineapple12
Super Member
17 days ago

Seeing the news now.

Im sad 😔💔😭

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago

My Lord, what could have been:

Paul Casella
@Paul_CasellaMLB

Mike Trout was on pace for 55 home runs and 33 stolen bases this season. No player in MLB history has ever had a 50-30 (or 50-25) season.

Since 2021, Trout is averaging 46 HRs, 95 RBIs and 109 runs per 162 games …

But he’s played only 266 of a possible 515 games.

Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

And 50 RBIs

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago

Rhett Bollinger
@RhettBollinger

Mike Trout was very emotional talking about his injury. He said he first felt something coming off the field in the third last night but isn’t sure when he injured himself. He didn’t feel it at the plate or running. But it continually worsened and he underwent testing today.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  smithy610

Some people just don’t age well.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
17 days ago

We all knew going in that this team was not a winner, but at least we had Trout, that and watching the younger players even in losing was not the end of the world, heck even yesterday we saw Mike score from second with heads up awareness hustle and scoring. He even had a stolen base in getting to second. I always hated hearing we wasted Mike’s career, maybe/maybe not, but he wanted to be here and that’s what counted. Should be back after the All-Star break though, so this is not the end of a career, we been here and done this before.

BannedInLA
Super Member
17 days ago

The constant downtime, recovery process, etc. MUST have an impact on his hitting, right?

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

At this point I think that he really believed that he was still capable of an 8 WAR season type year, and he was giving his all and was having issues hitting the ball, now another layoff….let’s hope for the best.

BannedInLA
Super Member
17 days ago

I presume that Rengifo is leading off, beyond that? Pure guesswork.

2B – Rengifo
1B – Schanuel
LF – Ward
CF – Adell
DH – Drury
C – O’Hoppe
RF – Moniak
3B – Adrianza
SS – Neto

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

How long do they plan on hiding Sano’s eventual IL trip?

BannedInLA
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Seriously. I’ve already forgotten about him.

Brent
Super Member
17 days ago

Less than 90 min to game time and still no lineup.

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Brent

Probably having a very long team meeting

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
17 days ago

Was in the shower and listening to the radio, we get JFI up here, I wasn’t positive that what I thought I heard was what I heard, jumped out dry off and ran to the pc-MLB-sad day. Won’t lie about this, I expected it. He and Redone are just the saddest guys around. If it can be injured these guys of glass can and will break it. Tony was just coming around, Mike was hitting with power and playing all out. Very bummed out now. For Mike it’s the thoughts of what could have been. 😵  😳  😢  😭  😱 

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago

Electricity and water do not mix GPB. No radio in the shower.

2GA2Join
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

I have a radio in the shower too.
They do make battery shower radios, you know.

BannedInLA
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I think he meant to say ham radio….

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

 🐖  📻 

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Doesn’t everyone keep their Ham and Philco radio in the bathroom?

BannedInLA
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Yes, along with duct tape & WD40.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Water Proof too.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
17 days ago

No soap. Radio.

nishiogawakun
Super Member
17 days ago

The legendary return of Mike Trout was one of the very few threads I was banking on this year. That’s beyond depressing. Definitely phoning it in as a fan now.

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