Halo Headlines: Pujols having knee problems, Hamilton calm despite his deep slump

The May 9th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols having knee problems, Hamilton calm despite his deep slump and much more…

The Story: Albert Pujols is dealing with pain in his surgically repaired knee.

The Monkey Says: The same knee that took longer than expected to recover from off-season surgery. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to find out that this new pain is actually old pain that never really went away. It sounds like Scioscia intends to manage the issue by DHing Pujols, which he should've been doing all along thanks to his foot problems. If his production doesn't pick up, the Angels might be better of putting him on the DL to see if rest can't ease some of his ailments.

The Story: Josh Hamilton remains calm in the face of his deep slump.

The Monkey Says: Josh says he does worse when there is a sense of urgency which is amazing because it means that he can actually do worse than he is right now.

The Story: Everything that has been wrong with the Angels.

The Monkey Says: The juicy part here is the bit on Hamilton and how his offensive profile isn't any different, if not a little better, than in 2012. There is also that scary spray chart that just screams "lost bast speed."

The Story: Albert Pujols sticks up for Mike Scioscia.

The Monkey Says: It says a lot that Pujols will go to bat for him, but it also says a lot that he feels like he needs to go to bat for him.

The Story: Jim Bowden tries (and fails) to offer ways to fix the Angels.

The Monkey Says: Don't even dwell on his questionable suggestions, just realize that in this article he states that Ernesto Frieri "pounds the strike zone and misses bats with pinpoint command." PINPOINT COMMAND. He does know Frieri walks over seven batters per nine innings, right? How was he ever a GM for multiple clubs?

The Story: Yesterday was the anniversary of Josh Hamilton's four-homer game.

The Monkey Says: Because now history is trolling the Halos.

The Story: How Tommy Hanson is trying to transform himself to remain a viable starting pitcher.

The Monkey Says: it is official, Hanson is now just a soft-tossing junkballer with poor command. That's a good thing, right?

The Story: The Angels have nowhere to go but up.

The Monkey Says: Just to play devil's advocate, I would like to point out that they actually can go down as they are only barely in front of Houston for the worst record in baseball. So, technically, they do have somewhere to go besides up.

The Story: The Angels and Dodgers prove money is not everything.

The Monkey Says: When a writer finishes one of these "money isn't everything articles" for whatever team in whatever sport, do they hand it in to their editor just thinking they nailed it? I mean, this same post has been written thousands of times. What do they think they are adding to the conversation?

Garrett Wilson

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Garrett Wilson is the founder and Supreme Overlord of Monkeywithahalo.com and editor at The Outside Corner. He's an Ivy League graduate, but not from one of the impressive ones. You shouldn't make him angry. You wouldn't like him when he is angry.