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Johnny Giavotella | Second Baseman | #12

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: New Orleans
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (0) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Johnny Giavotella is not in Monday's lineup against the Athletics.
He'll take a seat against A's ace Sonny Gray. The switch-hitting Cliff Pennington will make the start at second base and bat ninth. Apr 11 - 6:36 PM

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Mike Giavotella plated two runs Thursday in a tie with the Mariners.

He doubled to left field in the first inning and reached base again with a single in the fourth. Giavotella has had a steady spring with 11 hits in 34 trips to the plate. He’s the favorite to start at second base over Cliff Pennington.
Mar 17 - 7:55 PM

Johnny Giavotella clubbed a three-run homer off Anthony Ranaudo in the Angels' 7-3 Cactus League victory over the Rangers on Sunday afternoon in Arizona.

He also had a big game Saturday against the Giants. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said back in mid-February that second base would be an open competition this spring, but Giavotella is the clear favorite. He has the potential to offer some production in AL-only leagues.
Mar 13 - 8:06 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that the starting second base job is an open competition.

Giavotella is the incumbent and the favorite, but Rey Navarro, Gregorio Petit, and Cliff Pennington will all get looks this summer in Cactus League play. Giavotella showed promise at times last season, but he finished with a rough .272/.318/.375 batting line and four home runs in 129 total games. Scioscia might do well to work a platoon at second base this year.

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.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 05:15:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 05:39:00 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.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 09:46:00 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.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 12:17:00 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."
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 09:42:00 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.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 07:08:00 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.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 07:25:00 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.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 08:13:00 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.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 05:43:00 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.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 03:07:00 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.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 06:47:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Perez
2Geovany Soto
1B1C.J. Cron
2Ji-Man Choi
2B1Johnny Giavotella
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Daniel Nava
2Craig Gentry
3Rafael Ortega
4Shane Robinson
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
S1Jered Weaver
2Garrett Richards
3C.J. Wilson
4Hector Santiago
5Andrew Heaney
6Nick Tropeano
Relief Pitcher
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Fernando Salas
4Mike Morin
5Cory Rasmus
6Jose Alvarez
7Greg Mahle
8Cam Bedrosian
9A.J. Achter