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The Angels to Open 2018 Season in Oakland

The Angels will be opening the next season in Oakland, in the same way they did for this one, and will then end it at home, playing a game against the Athletics, as per the information contained in the 2018 Major League Baseball schedule released on Tuesday.

An Early Start to the Season

The MLB season is set to start on the 29th of March, a Thursday, which is earlier than has been the case in recent years because extra off-days have been mixed into the game schedule, comprised of a total of 162 matches. The Angels’ home opener will take place on April the 2nd, a Monday, in a game against Cleveland.

A Rare Homestand for the Angels to Enjoy

As the sports betting NZ makes available starts readying the markets, along with the sites catering to the punters from the rest of the world, it has been revealed that the Angels will be able to enjoy a rare 25-day period in July next year when they will not need to leave their area. A six-game homestand is set to take place, with three games unfolding at the Dodger Stadium, then a rest of four days for the All-Star break, following which a homestand of ten games will be undertaken, with an additional off day to cap it off.

The longest road-trip the season will require will take place a month later, when they play ten games in 11 days between Houston, Texas, and Chicago.

The Team’s Interleague Opponents will be the NLW

The Angels’ interleague opponents will be the National League West, which means that they will be hosting the Dodgers, Arizona, San Francisco and Colorado, and then in turn visit Colorado, San Diego, Arizona and the Dodgers.

Alex Meyer Will not Take Part in the 2018 Season

Alex Meyer, who has already been ruled out of play for the rest of this season, is set to undergo surgery, in order to repair a labrum in his shoulder which has torn, and this comes along with an expected rehabilitation time of one year. Meyer, along with the club and a group of doctors, finally determined on taking this course of action on Monday, but only after exhausting all other possibilities of rehabilitation.

Andrew Heaney takes it Day by Day

The MRI that Andrew Heaney recently underwent happily showed no acute strain, but a clinical exam did reveal symptoms which are consistent with internal impingement. He should be able to commence throwing when his symptoms subside, but his next start is questionable: it could be delayed as far back as Saturday, thanks to Monday being an off-day.

Billy Eppler, General Manager, has stated that the lack of structural damage is a positive outcome, but refused to speculate on the likelihood of Healy pitching again over the course of this season. Just like baseball cards that have devalued fast, Heaney may either rally, or be sent to the bleachers.

Eppler stated that the matter would be taken on a day-by-day basis, adding that he had learned not to jump ahead with anything regarding rehabilitation from injuries incurred. He went on to say that he would wait to hear what was prescribed by the medical department each day, and take each following day in this way as well.