The August 22nd, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels: How will the Angels get by without Garrett Richards? edition! The Story: Losing Garrett Richards doesn’t bury the Angels. The Monkey Says: After everyone had a chance to calm down, this was the general consensus. There are certainly nuances involved, but the Angels should still […]
What do you do as a GM when your team loses its #1 starter? Acquire an underachieving middle infielder, of course!
Halos have acquired INF Gordon Beckham from the White Sox for a PTBNL and cash. #Angels
— Eric Kay (@EKayAngels) August 21, 2014
Yes, for some reason the Angels have traded for Gordon Beckham, apparently to come off the bench. I guess. I don’t really know what he brings to the table though. He is a below average hitter and an average (at best) fielder. He can play third and short, but is primarily a second baseman. There is nothing he brings to the table that a combination of John McDonald and the soon-to-return Grant Green couldn’t provide.
Unless the other shoe drops and we find out that David Freese or Howie Kendrick is hurt, this doesn’t make much sense. For what it is worth, Beckham is under team control in 2015, but is more likely to be non-tendered unless he agrees to take a drastic pay cut.
You can go ahead and uncross your fingers now. It didn’t work:
Richards is anticipated to miss 6 to 9 months. The club has placed him on the 60-day DL.
— Angels (@Angels) August 21, 2014
Obviously, Richards is done for the season. Less obviously, Richards might even miss the first month or two of the 2015, though there is hope that he could actually be good to go come training camp. According to Jeff Passan, that seems likely:
If there's a silver lining, Angels were told Richards tore his patellar tendon in best spot possible, should be ready for spring training.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 21, 2014
The bigger question, to which there is no current answer, is what the impact this injury will have on his career? Cursory searches of the ol’ internet tubes haven’t turned up any examples of other MLB starting pitchers who have suffered the same injury. That’s probably good, but it might also be bad. Who knows. I don’t. I just want to cry, mostly.
This should have been a nice win for the Angels, but oh, what a loss it turned out to be. Enough has been written about this already, but suffice it to say that this game will be a turning point in the Angels season one way or another. On one hand, it is great that […]
99.7% and 97.3%. Those are the current odds of the Angels reaching the post-season according to Baseball Prospectus and Fangraphs, respectively, as of this morning. That would be the morning after Garrett Richards’ season presumably came to an early and agonizing end. Now take a deep breath or two and let that sink in. The Angels are going to be […]
The August 21st, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Kole Calhoun an extension candidate, has Mike Trout gotten slower and much more… The Story: Extension candidate: Kole Calhoun. The Monkey Says: I say nay, unless Calhoun gives them massive savings. He’s under team control through his prime, so there is no need to […]
OH. MY. GOD. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! That, folks, is Garrett Richards evidently shredding his knee trying to cover first. Just a random freak accident where he apparently caught a spike, wrenched his knee and collapsed in a heap of agony. Listening to the Angels radio broadcast, Smith and Langston were in apparent shock as they described seeing “something bulge […]
The Angels win again and stay “hot.” Hooray! Hooray? Hooray, right? How a team wins shouldn’t matter so much as the fact that they do win, but this Angels team is not winning pretty right now. In their last seven wins, they’ve only won by more than two runs once and been out-hit three times. There […]
I love Jered Weaver. You love Jered Weaver. Love only goes so far though. It is high time we set that love aside and admit what we’ve all known but been to ashamed to admit: Jered Weaver isn’t an ace anymore. This has been something of a debate in the Angelsphere this year. Is Weaver […]
The August 20th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Green nearing rehab assignment, Thatcher still not throwing, support system not the problem for Hamilton and much more… The Story: Grant Green is nearing a rehab assignment, but Joe Thatcher still isn’t throwing off a mound. The Monkey Says: Green would be nice to […]
Josh Hamilton is broken (again) and this time it isn’t so clear that there is an easy way to fix him. Scioscia’s already tried everything in his bag of tricks which pretty much just consists of “mental days off” and a whole lot of crossing his fingers. Sure, Don Baylor has and will continue to spend […]
Finally, the Angels have the AL West and the best record in baseball all to themselves. All their hard work and dedication (and A’s going into a timely slump) have finally paid off! So why doesn’t it feel good? Maybe it was the manner in which the Angels “surged” into first place. This game was […]
The August 19th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Josh Hamilton continues to sit, Mike Trout’s baserunning slump and much more… The Story: Josh Hamilton got another “mental day off” yesterday. The Monkey Says: It was his idea not play Sunday, but Monday it was Scioscia’s idea. However, Josh did offer to be […]
Gosh, this is awkward. The Angels are now officially the best team in baseball. They might also temporarily be the best team in baseball, which is a problem, but a good kind of problem. For the last few years, the Angels have been playing under the pressure of huge expectations and mostly crumbling underneath them. This year, […]
Dropped From Rankings: Cam Bedrosian (gone ’til September), C.J. Cron (gone to learn how to take a first pitch) Biggest Faller: Hamilton, down eight spots Biggest Riser: Santiago, up four spots