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Monday, June 27, 2016

Angels pitchers Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney hoping stem-cell treatment helps them avoid Tommy John surgery

When Garrett Richards left his last outing at Texas on May 1, he felt arm fatigue. The club said he was dehydrated and cramping. A subsequent MRI revealed rather he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, a setback that requires Tommy John ligament replacement surgery for most pitchers.

The standard recovery takes up to 18 months.

Richards, instead, hopes to avoid the daunting post-surgery timetable and pitch again in a potential wild-card race thanks to a stem-cell shot he received last month from Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

“It’s an option, and I decided to take it,” Richards said. “Why not?”

So, on May 16, Yoon extracted bone marrow from Richards, concentrated it and injected the mixture back into the UCL in his elbow, aiming to repair the injured ligament.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Semien, Davis lead A’s to 5-4 win over Angels - Yahoo Sports

Not a good second start for the Freak.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, tim lincecum

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tim Lincecum’s debut for Angels goes better than he expected in 7-1 win over A’s - LA Times

The Freak is back with the freak turned low.

In the sixth inning, Lincecum clapped for his teammates when they turned a quick double play behind him. Lowrie lined his next pitch into left field, Robinson secured it, and fans again stood up to commend Lincecum on his performance.

His day was done. To use his favored idiom for fastball velocity, he did not pump any cheese, but he induced the kind of weak contact he could not in recent seasons for San Francisco.

“I’ve tried to scratch what’s been going on the last few years and tried to move on,” Lincecum said. “I’ve tried not to dwell on the past. I had some success in the last four years and a lot of not. So, I’m trying to let that go and move on to wherever I’m at right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tim lincecum

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Angels activate Andrelton Simmons ahead of schedule - The Orange County Register

Good news for the Angels.

Simmons, who returned early from thumb surgery, made three difficult plays in his first game back, including one eye-popping backhand play in the hole.

“He made some tough plays look easy,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.

Simmons even had two hits and he drew a walk, an all-around good return for one of the many key players the Angels have lost to injury this season.

When Simmons tore the UCL in his left thumb on May 8 and had surgery on May 10, the initial prognosis was that he would miss six to eight weeks. He came back in just over five weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels

Friday, June 10, 2016

Beyond the Boxscore: The AL West doesn’t look like we thought it would.

With the AL West comes the payoff for this whole exercise, and, in a broader sense, this whole baseball thing: a division in chaos, and unlike the other divisions in chaos, chaos that looks nothing like we expected it to. On Opening Day, the Rangers and A’s had nearly identical playoff odds of about 19 percent; today, the Rangers are sitting atop the division, just over 60 percent, while the A’s sit at a measly five percent. The only team below Oakland is the team that began the season just above them, the Angels, but the loss of Garrett Richards and Andrelton Simmons have sent their playoff odds tumbling from 26 percent to three percent.

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Monday, June 06, 2016

Tim Lincecum determined to be a major league starter again

“I think he threw the ball fine,” said Bud Black, the Angels’ special assistant to the general manager. “You could tell he might have been a little rusty the first innings but he looked good physically. The hip injury didn’t seem to be an issue and his arm motion looked the same. He was throwing 90 miles and his secondary pitches looked fine. He just needs to build some stamina.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 01:09 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tim lincecum

Friday, May 27, 2016

Angels pitchers opt for stem-cell therapy | MLB.com

Interesting stuff.

Six years ago, Yoon began treating partial UCL tears with platelet-rich plasma injections, wherein a patient’s blood is spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, which contain healing elements that are then injected into the affected area.

Yoon found that PRP worked for about 50 percent of patients. But in that time he also experimented with the use of stem cells from concentrated bone marrow and “noticed that the success rates, anecdotally, were much higher with regards to pitchers going back to throwing, and not having to undergo surgery.”

Yoon estimates that he has performed stem-cell procedures on 15 to 20 Major League pitchers and that “less than 50 percent” ultimately needed Tommy John surgery, though he is not allowed to reveal the names of his patients. The results can be misleading, in both directions, because success is contingent on the type of tear and the amount of time allotted for healing.

Dr. David Crane, who specializes in regenerative therapy for Blue Tail Medical Group in the Midwest, said he has done about 50 of these stem-cell procedures since 2004, the vast majority of them for pitchers in high school and college. About five were Major Leaguers, and Crane said only one wound up needing Tommy John surgery. He claims to have a 90-percent success rate overall, but he is also picky with the patients he chooses.

Said Crane: “If it’s a partial tear, and they still have the healing potential, and the stem cells from bone marrow are good, it’s a useful tool.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, angels, garrett richards, tommy john surgery

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian is a cat admirer, and that’s that - LA Times

I could not post the first intro which came to my mind.

Bedrosian has two cats at home, Gracie and Bootsy, named after Aunt Bootsy from the 1998 film “Rush Hour.” He does not own one at his Orange County apartment. He considered searching for the cat that ran onto the field at Angel Stadium one week ago and taking it home with him, only to realize he can’t keep it fed during road trips.

“Cats, they just want to lay on the couch all day and relax,” he said.

“That’s what I like about them. You can just chill with a cat.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cam bedrosian

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Angels’ Jered Weaver vows improvement, says others ‘would’ve shut it down’

“It’s no secret,” Weaver said. “My stuff isn’t that great.”

It is unfair to compare almost any pitcher to Kershaw, who sports a 22-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season and has struck out at least 10 batters in his last six starts. But the juxtaposition is especially sharp with Weaver, whose neck and shoulder stiffness have transformed his pitches into sluggish, inconsistent offerings.

According to Fangraphs, Weaver’s fastball is averaging just 82.8 MPH this season.

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: May 18, 2016 at 06:18 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver, owchies


For The Angels, There’s No Such Thing As A Good Trade For Mike Trout | VICE Sports

How often do the magic beans actually grow anything?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Garrett Richards of Los Angeles Angels opts to get stem-cell injection in elbow, avoid TJ surgery

I guess it doesn’t hurt. I’m not so sure how effective the treatment will be.

- Angels pitcher Garrett Richards had a stem-cell injection in his right elbow Monday.

Manager Mike Scioscia says there’s no timetable for his return. The right-hander went on the 15-day disabled list May 6, leaving the injury-riddled team without its best starting pitcher.

Richards decided on the injection as a way to avoid surgery for the torn ligament in his arm, although it will be weeks before he knows whether it worked.

“Hopefully it’s going to be the course of action he needs to heal and get back to action,” Scioscia said. “Really he doesn’t have many symptoms at all, so I know that he’s confident that he’ll heal with this course of action.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Former Angels and Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren opens up about the inner turmoil that led to his retirement from baseball

Dan Haren repeated a ritual after the miserable outings, and during the last four years of his baseball career the miserable outings became too numerous to count. He trudged off the mound and through the dugout, embarrassed by the reassurances from teammates, so he could find his phone in the clubhouse and text his wife, Jessica.

I quit, Haren would write after games for the Angels or the Dodgers or whoever employed him.

I don’t want to do this anymore.

I’m sick of the stress.

I quit.

I quit.

Zach Posted: May 15, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dan haren, dodgers, stress

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tim Lincecum reportedly has 3 teams interested | MLB.com

He’s not close to signing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, tim lincecum, white sox

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Andrelton Simmons of Los Angeles Angels will require surgery on left thumb

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will require surgery for what the team described Monday as a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

The Angels said they would have an update on Simmons following the surgery. He will be placed on the disabled list.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2016 at 06:21 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels, injuries

Friday, May 06, 2016

Source: Angels ace Garrett Richards expected to undergo Tommy John surgery - Yahoo Sports

Another quality pitcher blows out his elbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bryce Harper rising to No. 1? Execs still prefer Mike Trout | New York Post

So I asked 13 executives and scouts: If money were no object and you could start a franchise with either Trout or Harper, who do you got?

Three said they actually would take Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, and one also mentioned Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado. But the request was Trout vs. Harper, and eight took Trout and five went with Harper — with two of the Harper voters admitting they only had changed recently. One Trout voter actually wavered toward Harper in the midst of an email response before stating, “I’ll stay with Trout, but it’s as close a vote as you can get.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bryce harper, mike trout, nationals

Friday, April 08, 2016

Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney not concerned about long-term impact of injury - The Orange County Register

Despite the fear that Andrew Heaney’s forearm tightness is a precursor to something far more serious, at the moment Heaney and the Angels are remaining optimistic.

Heaney may miss only a few weeks if all he has is a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.

“I saw the MRI for myself,” Heaney said Thursday. “Obviously I’m not a doctor, but the way they explained it to me, it looked perfectly sound and healthy.”

In this case, “it” refers to the ulnar collateral ligament, which leads to Tommy John surgery when it’s torn. Sometimes pitchers who first complain of forearm tightness end up with a torn UCL. That’s what happened to Tyler Skaggs in July 2014.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, angels

Sunday, April 03, 2016

The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons gets creative with the art of defense - LA Times

If only he could hit a little more.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels

Thursday, March 31, 2016

This Is a Garrett Richards Changeup | FanGraphs Baseball

Garrett Richards might be ready to break out even bigger.

Richards listened to Street and then worked the recommended changeup into a bullpen. That led to using it in games, first against minor leaguers. He used it heavily in an intrasquad game, and while I don’t know how often he used the pitch Tuesday, it’s certainly been getting plenty of work. That 92 above might be an outlier — the linked article says the changeup tends to hang around 88-90. As you might’ve been able to predict, an Angels source said that when it works, Richards’ current changeup looks like the one thrown by Felix Hernandez.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Monday, March 21, 2016

Tommy Hanson Had It All—Family, Friends and a Sparkling Career. Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Close as we are to loved ones, tight as we become with our best friends, some things are just unknowable. Depression, like a virus, barges in with invisible force and incapacitates with a silent thud.

Most likely, someone you know is fighting a desperately quiet battle with it as you read this. The website Healthline says that more than 80 percent of people with symptoms of clinical depression are not receiving any treatment for it, while the number of people diagnosed with depression increases by 20 percent each year.

Though Tommy Hanson was not diagnosed with depression, many close to him suspect it had him in its grip. When Tommy Hanson slipped away in November, only the shock and grief were tangible.

At the funeral in Atlanta, a who’s who from the Braves organization and others throughout baseball filled the church. Gonzalez, Cox and Atlanta pitching coach Roger McDowell sat together while so many fought a losing battle to keep it together.

“I remember looking around and seeing so many young people, friends of his, friends of his wife, teammates,” Gonzalez says. “You see all of his old teammates sitting with their wives and kids. And I said, ‘My God, this guy was just beginning his life.’”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:10 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, drug abuse, kris medlen, tommy hanson

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Enjoy the many subtle reactions from one of the strangest double plays you’ll ever see | MLB.com

You have to hate when this happens.

After catching the ball, Nava turned toward the outfield. It appeared that there were at least two friendly fans who were doing their darndest to let Nava know “No! There are two outs! Stop! What are you doing! What are you doooooing!”

Meanwhile, here were the Angels infielders—arms up, calling out two outs. But as you can tell by Yunel Escobar’s cocked head and the glance from Gregorio Petit, these are two men who have resigned themselves to the chaos of the universe.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, daniel nava

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Teams with the Most Dead Money

Almost all of the Los Angeles Angels money is going to the Texas Rangers so they can pay Josh Hamilton after the unusual falling out between the Hamilton and the Angels organization. The team is also paying a portion of Erick Aybar‘s salary with the Braves. The Los Angeles Dodgers have spread their money out among many players. Hector Olivera with the Braves, Michael Morse for the Pirates, Matt Kemp for the Padres are all receiving some money from the Dodgers this season. In addition, the Dodgers are also paying Erisbel Arrabarruena, who is still with the organization, but appears to have been a big international acquisition for little payoff as he has been outrighted off the roster.

Of the amount above, about one-quarter of the money is still with the team, like Arrabarruena, and potentially could still pan out, although removing a player from the 40-man roster is generally a pretty good indication about the level of confidence a team has in that player’s future. The biggest expenditure in this manner goes to Allen Craig, who is set to make $9 million this season and another $11 million in 2017 with a $1 million buyout for a $13 million option for the 2018 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 02:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, josh hamilton

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mike Scioscia may be old school, but GM Billy Eppler says Angels manager embraces new metrics too - LA Times

“The analytics vs. scouting thing, it’s so tired,” he said. “It’s so East Coast-West Coast rap. Uncle. Uncle, you know what I mean?

“It’s almost like you have to be Republican or Democrat. Are you East Coast rap or West Coast? Are you for stats or are you for scouting? I don’t know. Can I really be in between? Because I am.

“It’s only black and white. Nobody wants gray, but gray’s the best. That’s what makes this game great. There is no absolute.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, billy eppler, joe maddon, sabr

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Another year of the Jered Weaver experiment

At this point it’s safe to call it a spring tradition: Eyebrows get raised in response to Jered Weaver‘s underwhelming velocity, and Weaver tells the media he doesn’t care. There’s nothing wrong with Weaver’s reaction, because he is more of a command pitcher, and he knows he’ll be fine if he locates. I’m sure he’s beyond tired of this repeating conversation. But from the outside, it’s significant that Weaver’s fastball continues to surprise, because it just keeps getting slower, more quickly than it probably ought to.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 10, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver, velocity

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