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Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will not play until this weekend, at the earliest.

Hamilton had been hoping to return as soon as Wednesday,' but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has ruled that out. The outfielder did hit off a tee Monday and Scioscia said Hamilton is doing "pretty good." Fantasy owners don't need to be counting on him playing at all this week.
Sep 22 - 8:28 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that the chances of Matt Shoemaker (oblique) pitching this week are "very remote."

The good news is that Shoemaker played catch Monday and Scioscia said he's "very encouraged" about the right-hander's chances of being ready for the postseason. The Angels would obviously prefer the rookie right-hander getting a tune-up before the playoffs, but obviously the main goal is to have him available for postseason play, and it sounds like they will.
Sep 22 - 8:26 PM

Howie Kendrick (hamstring) is not in the Angels' lineup Monday.

Kendrick tweaked his left hamstring during Sunday's game. The Angels consider the ailment minor, but they'll play it cautiously with him this week with the AL West already wrapped up. Gordon Beckham is at second base in Kendrick's place Monday.
Sep 22 - 6:51 PM

Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Pujols had one of the Angels' four hits in the game, and his run-scoring single in the sixth was the lone run the Halos mustered on the afternoon. It gave him 101 RBI on the year, the 12th time he's reached the 100-RBI plateau in his 14-year career. It has been a return to form all around this year for the 34-year-old.
Sep 21 - 8:26 PM

Jered Weaver improved to 18-8, scattering one run over seven innings as the Angels felled the Rangers by an 8-5 score on Saturday.

Weaver seems to be in post-season shape, as he now sports a 1.91 ERA over his last five starts. Against the Rangers, he allowed just five hits and a walk while fanning seven. He'll take a 3.43 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 164/63 K/BB ratio into his final start of the regular season on Friday in Seattle against the Mariners.
Sep 21 - 12:15 AM

Huston Street worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his 15th save as an Angel (his 39th overall) in Saturday's victory over the Rangers.

It was only the third appearance Street had made dating back to September 7, as the closer had been bothered by a tight right hamstring. The Rangers didn't mount much of a threat against him. Street is 15-for-17 in save chances as an Angel with a 1.50 ERA.
Sep 21 - 12:11 AM

Albert Pujols went yard for the 27th time this season the Angels handed the Rangers a loss on Saturday.

Pujols finished 3-for-4 on the evening. His fifth-inning shot was part of a five-run fifth inning in which the Angels bolted out to an 8-0 lead. It hasn't always been pretty, but Pujols has managed to put together a full, productive season. Along with the 27 homers, he's knocked in 100 and slashed .275/.329/.470.
Sep 21 - 12:09 AM

Mike Trout had a productive night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a triple, a two-run home run, and three runs scored in Saturday's win against the Rangers.

Trout by himself accounted for four of the Angels' eight runs on the evening. He came to bat in the seventh inning needing a double for the cycle but struck out looking. Nevertheless, Trout bumps his slash line up to .290/.379/.568 with 35 home runs, 109 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and 112 runs scored.
Sep 21 - 12:06 AM

After getting 12 injections the last 12 days, Josh Hamilton is aiming to rejoin the Angels' lineup Wednesday or Friday.

Hamilton said Saturday that he's recently had seven cortisone injections in his chest and back area, in addition to the five he had for his shoulder early this month. "It feels better today as far as breathing and stuff," Hamilton said. "Just sore from the shots. Whatever it takes to get well enough to get back and play three or four games before the playoffs."
Sep 20 - 7:56 PM

Josh Hamilton is considered day-to-day with inflammation in his rib cage.

Hamilton underwent CT scans on the front and back of his rib cage on Saturday to rule out anything more serious, so the diagnosis is very encouraging. He has also been dealing with tightness and soreness in the front part of his shoulder/chest area, which could be related. Hamilton maintains that he'll be ready for the postseason.
Sep 20 - 12:43 PM

Hector Santiago was torched for seven runs -- six earned -- in one-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

The Angels talked before the game about using a three-man rotation in the ALDS. It seems even more likely that they'll go that route now, what with Santiago turning in his second straight dreadful performance against a subpar offense. He lasted just two innings last time out against the Astros. Santiago still has a reasonable enough 3.98 ERA for the season, but he's not someone the Angels will have much faith in come October.
Sep 20 - 1:27 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Friday that the team could utilize a three-man rotation in the American League Division Series.

Assuming Matt Shoemaker makes it back healthy, it would presumably be he, C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver, with Weaver getting the call to work on short rest. Given the critical importance of those games and the uncertainty surrounding the rest of the rotation, it certainly seems like a viable strategy on the Halos end.
Sep 19 - 7:27 PM

Angels recalled RHP Drew Rucinsky from Double-A Arkansas.

Rucinski will join an already very deep and talented Angels bullpen for the final week and a half of the season. The 25-year-old has appeared in just one game with the Angels thus far, surrendering two runs in his only inning.
Sep 19 - 7:10 PM

Wade LeBlanc will get another start next Tuesday in Oakland.

LeBlanc earned the nod after tossing 5 1/3 shutout innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Thursday. It could conceivably set him up to start the regular season finale, as well, though the Angels aren't thinking that far ahead yet. LeBlanc can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Sep 19 - 8:45 AM

Wade LeBlanc had by far his best showing of 2014 on Thursday, tossing 5 1/3 shutout innings in a no-decision against the Mariners.

This start was pushed up -- LeBlanc was originally scheduled to start Saturday against the Rangers -- because the Angels scratched Jered Weaver after clinching the AL West on Wednesday. Don't look now, but LeBlanc is pitching well in September, allowing only one run across 11 2/3 frames (0.77 ERA), including five relief appearances and this start. We still wouldn't trust him in fantasy if the Angels call his number again. After all, the journeyman entered this month with a 10.13 ERA.
Sep 19 - 1:19 AM


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