The May 28th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Weaver to return Wednesday, the Angels and the city of Anaheim in negotiations and much more…
The Monkey Says: That bumps Jason Vargas back one day, but he as he has been arguably the best pitcher on the team, his rotation spot is not in danger. It will be rather interesting to see what Weaver can do after reports of him having recovered some velocity in his extended spring training start.
The Monkey Says: This comes at exactly the time one would expect because it gives Moreno plenty of time to strike a stadium deal in downtown LA if Anaheim doesn't give him what he wants, thus he has leverage. Assuming he actually does want to stay in Anaheim, which I'm not sold on, he'll undoubtedly be looking to have the city pay for some renovations to the 50-year old stadium as well and quite possibly allow him to drop the "of Anaheim" from the team's official name.
The Monkey Says: It remains to see whether he will be bumping Jerome Williams or Joe Blanton though. However, Blanton will get one more start before Scioscia has to make a decision, so all the evidence is not yet in.
The Monkey Says: Buckner didn't get much of a reward for his solid spot start, but there was never any chance of him hanging on unless he threw a perfect game or something. Jepsen will get a chance to work his way back up the bullpen totem pole, probably quicker than we care to see him do so.
The Monkey Says: Burnett only just came off the DL due to this issue which has been plaguing him all year. He has been examined several times so there is no immediate concern that he has a serious injury, but it remains frustrating since he just can't seem to stay healthy for very long.
The Monkey Says: People keep bringing this up, but I don't think it holds up. The only reason the Angels got Trout was because they got an extra first-rounder from the Yankees for Mark Teixeira. However, they never would've traded for Teixeira if they had Cabrera, assuming he would've been shifted to first base. And if they had Cabrera, there is no telling if they still would've been in position to pick Trout when they did.
The Monkey Says: Clearly the TV crew has no idea what they are doing, but slapping that Yankee logo next to Trout's face was a cruel twist or irony that I'd rather not deal with.
The Monkey Says: I appreciate him trying to be confident in his ability, but I know a few hundred thousand Angel fans who very much think he has a lot to prove.
The Monkey Says: That isn't encouraging, but it does show that there is still some hope. There should actually be additional hope since there is now an extra Wild Card spot up for grabs.
The Monkey Says: I actually don't disagree. This bullpen has improved, but it still isn't very good and has been wildly overworked. They need an ace like Weaver to shoulder some of the load the rest of the way.
The Story: Josh Hamilton is starting to heat up.
The Monkey Says: Shhh. Be quiet and don't talk about it. I feel like Hamilton hitting well is like spotting a deer in your yard. Don't make any sudden moves or loud noises otherwise you will scare it away.
The Monkey Says: You know who else they used to say that about? The Mets.
The Monkey Says: Sorry, Ranger trolls, no bulletin board material for you here.