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C.J. Cron went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored as the Angels topped the Brewers 3-2 on Thursday.

Cron led off the third inning with a double and later scored. The 25-year-old is coming off of minor wrist surgery. Cron figures to serve in the DH role along with Matt Joyce throughout the year.
Mar 5 - 7:22 PM

Mike Trout beat out a single and knocked in a run in one of his three at-bats Thursday versus the Brewers.

Trout beat out a single to shortstop, plating a run in the process. Trout finally won an MVP award last season and has to be considered the favorite to take home the hardware following this season. He led the league in runs scored with 115 and in RBI with 111 while hitting 36 home runs and stealing 16 bases.
Mar 5 - 7:17 PM

Hector Santiago pitched a pair of scoreless innings on Thursday against the Brewers.

Santiago allowed a single and a walk while striking out one in the effort. The lefty was reasonably productive across 24 starts and six relief appearances, finishing with a 3.75 ERA and a 108/53 K/BB ratio last season. Santiago is expected to pitch out of the Angels' rotation to start the season.
Mar 5 - 7:11 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) will throw live batting practice on Saturday.

It will be the first time he's faced hitters since he tore his left patellar tendon last August. Richards won't be ready for Opening Day, but his rehab is coming along well and he's expected to miss only the first couple weeks of the season.
Mar 5 - 6:25 PM

Mike Trout said Thursday that he plans to be more aggressive early in the count this spring.

Trout led the American League with 184 strikeouts last season, so he believes that being more aggressive will lead to fewer strikeouts. "Gonna be locked and loaded on the first pitch," said Trout. Who knows if he'll stick with the approach, but it's worth following. He should be the no-doubt No. 1 overall pick in fantasy leagues regardless.
Mar 5 - 5:04 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) is expected to throw to hitters in his next mound session.

It's a big step for the 26-year-old right-hander, who hasn't thrown a pitch with a batter in the box since tearing his left patellar tendon last August at Fenway Park. Richards is expected to join the Angels' starting rotation by the third week of April and carries big expectations into 2015 after posting a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 164/51 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings last season.
Mar 5 - 12:30 PM

Major League Baseball's decision on a punishment for Josh Hamilton could come as early as next week, per Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The report states that MLB officials believe Hamilton should be suspended for admitting to his offseason cocaine relapse, and are determining whether that would be a 25-game sentence (the recommended length for a first-time offender) or a year-long suspension (designed for fourth-time offenders). The players' union is arguing for only 15 games. Also to be determined is whether Hamilton will be placed into drug rehab, a decision which carries big financial implications. If he is suspended and not in rehab, Hamilton will not be paid. Anaheim owes the 33-year-old slugger $25.4 million in 2015, $32.4 million in 2016, and another $32.4 million in 2017.
Source: FOX Sports
Mar 5 - 11:21 AM

A four-person panel is split on whether Josh Hamilton should have to enter a rehabilitation program for drug abuse, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The panel, which consists of two attorneys and two physicians, is at a deadlock. As a result, an arbitrator will join the group to break the tie. A source also said officials are determining whether to classify Hamilton as a fourth-time offender, a penalty that normally carries at least a one-year suspension. New commissioner Rob Manfred would still have the final say on a potential suspension's length. A decision wasn't expected much before Opening Day, and it's unclear at this point how long the process will take with the extra steps now involved. Stay tuned.
Mar 4 - 9:22 PM

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports Huston Street and the Angels are expected to exchange offers on a potential contract extension soon.

The sides had exploratory talks over the winter but broke off their discussions when pitchers and catchers reported to Arizona. Street, who represents himself, is said to be looking for a contract between Andrew Miller's four-year, $36 million contract and David Robertson's four-year, $46 million contract. He's set to make $7 million in the final year of his deal before hitting the free agent market this fall.
Mar 4 - 7:04 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Roberto Baldoquin could arrive in Angels camp this weekend.

Baldoquin's arrival to camp has been delayed due to a visa issue, but it's expected to be cleared up soon. The 20-year-old received an $8 million bonus from the Angels in December and is expected to work on the minor league side before beginning the year with Class A Inland Empire.
Mar 4 - 12:35 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) will begin light fielding drills Tuesday.

Richards, who is coming back from patella tendon surgery, is also slated to throw his sixth bullpen session of the spring. He's still holding out hope to be ready for Opening Day, but the Angels don't expect him to return until two or three weeks into the season.
Mar 4 - 12:20 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday that he's expecting Garrett Richards (knee) to rejoin the rotation 2-3 weeks into the season.

The club had previously not dismissed the possibility of Richards being ready by Opening Day, but they've now conceded that he'll begin the season on the disabled list. His recovery from patella tendon surgery is going well, though, as he's throwing bullpen sessions and will do simulated pitchers' fielding practice on Sunday. Richards is coming off a breakout 2014 campaign that included a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 164/51 K/BB ratio over 168 2/3 innings.
Mar 1 - 12:00 PM

Josh Hamilton's potential suspension for drug use would begin at the start of the season, a source tells Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.

That's meaningful because Hamilton is also in the process of recovering from shoulder surgery, so the recovery and his suspension could coincide. In fact, there's a chance that Hamilton could actually end up serving his entire suspension, whatever it may be, while rehabbing. A decision on a potential suspension isn't expected anytime soon, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Feb 28 - 5:05 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that the team is working Alex Yarbrough out at third base, first base and left field this spring to "see if the versatility is there".

With increased versatility, the Angels could be considering him for a spot on the bench. Yarbrough, a fourth-round selection from the 2012 draft, is a second baseman by trade. He spent the entire 2014 season at Double-A Arkansas where he slashed .285/.321/.397 with five homers, 77 RBI and six stolen bases in 136 games.
Feb 28 - 3:38 PM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels are not expecting a decision regarding Josh Hamilton's impending suspension anytime soon.

Fletcher adds that it "could be weeks" and the club is "hoping by Opening Day" a decision will be made. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi have reported that Hamilton is likely facing a suspension of at least 25 games following his drug relapse, but it's a complicated process and new commissioner Rob Manfred could show the outfielder some compassion given his efforts to remain sober.
Feb 27 - 2:02 PM

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