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Johnny Giavotella | Second Baseman

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: New Orleans
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Johnny Giavotella delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning on Saturday, capping off an incredible comeback as the Angels topped the Rangers 11-10.
The Angels jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the ballgame, before their defense and bullpen imploded to allow the Rangers to take a 10-6 advantage. That was the score entering the final frame, when Erick Aybar and Kole Calhoun started with solo homers to pull them to within two runs. Several timely two-out hits later, Giavotella came through with the biggest knock of the season, plating the go-ahead run in an absolute must-win game. The Angels now sit just 1/2 game back of the final Wild Card spot, pending the Astros result on Saturday. Oct 3 - 5:15 PM

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Angels activated 2B Johnny Giavotella from the 15-day disabled list.

Giavotella missed a month of action while battling fourth-nerve palsy. He's at second base and hitting ninth Friday.
Sep 25 - 5:39 PM

Johnny Giavotella (illness) could return to action as soon as this weekend.

Giavotella, who has missed a month with fourth-nerve palsy, took live batting practice Tuesday and wasn't experiencing any double vision. He'll take BP again Wednesday and could be activated in a few days. "If he’s physically able to go and he’s swung the bat, I’m sure we’ll get him in there at some point," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Sep 23 - 9:46 AM

Johnny Giavotella (illness) could face live pitching in the instructional league on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Giavotella hasn't played since August 20 after being diagnosed with fourth-nerve palsy. There remains no timetable for his return, but he's making progress.
Sep 20 - 12:17 PM

Johnny Giavotella (illness) continues to take batting practice but is not close to being cleared to face live pitching.

Giavotella hasn't played since August 20 after being diagnosed with fourth-nerve palsy, which affects his vision. It's looking like a long shot that he'll make it back this season. "He’s feeling better, but there’s no Eureka moment where he’s ready to play," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He’s not day to day. This is still a process."
Sep 18 - 9:42 AM

Johnny Giavotella (illness) will take batting practice on Tuesday.

He'll then face live pitching after that. Giavotella hasn't played since August 20 after being diagnosed with fourth-nerve palsy, which has caused him to have double vision when looking to the left or down. He's getting better, though, and it looks like he'll make it back before the end of the season.
Sep 14 - 7:08 PM

Johnny Giavotella said his vision is "95 percent better" than when he was first diagnosed with fourth-nerve palsy.

The diminutive second baseman is nearing a return. The Angels have been mixing and matching at second base during his absence. Giavotella last played on August 20.
Sep 12 - 7:25 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that Johnny Giavotella (illness) has made "very little progress" and he's not sure when the second baseman will return.

Giavotella has been nursing an undisclosed illness and it appears he's having trouble kicking it. He will rejoin the club on Friday, but as to when he'll be activated is totally up in the air. The Angels are using Grant Green at second base.
Sep 1 - 8:13 PM

Johnny Giavotella is expected to return to the Angels' active roster at some point this season.

Giavotella had been out of the Angels' lineup for several days with was being called flu-like symptoms and he finally got placed on the disabled list Tuesday with no further explanation for his absence. Whatever the ailment is, it's not considered too serious. There should be some clarification later this week.
Aug 25 - 5:43 PM

Angels placed INF Johnny Giavotella on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 21, with a personal medical condition.

Giavotella has been sidelined over the past few days with what was described as flu-like symptoms. No word on when he'll be ready to return. Grant Green figures to serve as the primary second baseman for now.
Aug 25 - 3:07 PM

Johnny Giavotella (flu) remains out of the Angels lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.

It's only his fourth absence of the year. Grant Green will grab the start at second base. Outside of AL-only leagues, Giavotella can mostly be ignored for fantasy purposes. The 28-year-old has hit just .265 with three homers and 40 RBI this season.
Aug 22 - 6:47 PM

Johnny Giavotella was sent home and is unavailable for Friday's game against the Blue Jays due to an illness.

The hope is that he'll be able to rejoin the Angels lineup on Saturday after a full day of rest. Ryan Jackson will start at second base in his absence and bat eighth for the Halos against David Price and the Blue Jays.
Aug 21 - 7:53 PM

Johnny Giavotella belted his third home run of the season as the Angels throttled the Diamondbacks 7-1 on Thursday.

He also added a single in the contest, finishing the afternoon 2-for-5. He and teammate Taylor Featherston each went deep in the second inning to give the Angels an early 2-0 lead and they wouldn't look back. Giavotella has done a nice job at the dish thus far, slashing .271/.328/.367 with three long balls and 22 RBI.
Jun 18 - 6:28 PM

Johnny Giavotella delivered a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning on Sunday, breaking a 2-2 tie and propelling the Angels to a 4-2 victory over the Tigers and a completion of their four-game series sweep.

David Price had held the Angels down most of the night, but left the bases loaded in the eighth inning and Joba Chamberlain was unable to put out the fire. Giavotella also singled, finishing the night 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. With the two-hit effort, he's now slashing .265/.322/.348 with 17 RBI on the year.
May 31 - 11:34 PM

Johnny Giavotella is not in the Angels' lineup Wednesday.

Giavotella has cooled off considerably after a hot first month and will take a seat against Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner. Grant Green is at second base.
May 27 - 5:20 PM

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C1Carlos Perez
2Geovany Soto
3Rafael Lopez
4Jett Bandy
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Taylor Featherston
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Kaleb Cowart
2Kyle Kubitza
LF1Matt Joyce
2Shane Victorino
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
DH1C.J. Cron
Starting Pitcher
S1Jered Weaver
2Garrett Richards
3C.J. Wilson
4Hector Santiago
5Andrew Heaney
6Matt Shoemaker
7Nick Tropeano
8Tyler Skaggs
Relief Pitcher
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Fernando Salas
4Trevor Gott
5Cesar Ramos
6Cory Rasmus
7Cam Bedrosian
8Mike Morin
9Wesley Wright
10Lucas Luetge