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Angels' Shohei Ohtani: To face live pitching this week
Ohtani (elbow) is expected to take part in live batting practice at Angel Stadium sometime this week, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
While Ohtani has been taking batting practice with the team and running the bases, he's yet to see live pitching. That's slated to change later in the week, as he could begin live batting practice as soon as Wednesday according to skipper Brad Ausmus. Ohtani's return date remains up in the air, although his activation from the injured list figures to depend on how he looks and feels against professional pitchers.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Justin Bour: On bench against southpaw
Bour is not in the lineup Monday against the Yankees.
As per usual, Bour will take a seat with a southpaw (J.A. Happ) toeing the rubber for the opposition. In his place, Albert Pujols will start at first base while Kevan Smith gets the nod at DH.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Tommy La Stella: Out vs. lefty
La Stella is not in the lineup Monday against the Yankees.
La Stella will retreat to the bench for Monday's series opener with a left-hander in J.A. Happ starting for the Yankees. David Fletcher is starting at the keystone and hitting leadoff in this one.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Tyler Skaggs: Another bullpen session on tap
Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Sunday that Skaggs (ankle) would complete another bullpen session before the Angels decide on his next step, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Ausmus noted that the Angels were satisfied with how Skaggs checked out of his 40-plus-pitch side session Saturday, but the lefty will need to test out his sprained left ankle once more before potentially returning from the 10-day injured list. Skaggs thus won't be on track for an activation when first eligible Tuesday, but he could rejoin the rotation for this weekend's series in Kansas City if he fares as well as the Angels hope during the second bullpen session.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jaime Barria: Earns win as primary pitcher
Barria (2-1) allowed one earned run on four hits and no walks while striking out three across five innings to earn the win Sunday against the Mariners.
Barria followed opener Hansel Robles into the game and pitched effectively and efficiently. He needed only 71 pitches to record 15 outs and allowed only two extra-base hits with no home runs. Though Barria has started only one game, he is pitching effectively in longer stints, meaning he could rack up some wins with decent ratios if he remains a primary pitcher rather than starter.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Brian Goodwin: Hits third homer
Goodwin went 1-for-2 with two walks and a solo home run Sunday against the Mariners.
Goodwin took Mike Leake deep in the sixth inning for his third home run of the season. Currently manning the strong side of a platoon in left field, Goodwin has made a claim to continued playing time by racking up eight hits in his last 21 at-bats with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Kevan Smith: Goes yard
Smith went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Sunday against the Mariners.
Smith got the start in place of Jonathan Lucroy and took advantage by blasting his first home run of the season. He's only gotten 30 plate appearances to this point in the campaign backing up Lucroy, but is hitting a respectable .240/.367/.440.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Cody Allen: Gets vote of confidence
Allen allowed one hit, a two-run home run to Mitch Haniger, prior to being pulled from Sunday's game against the Mariners without recording an out. After the game, manager Brad Ausmus said he isn't worried about Allen, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Allen was called upon to close out the game, but after allowing the home run was pulled without recording an out. While he was only charged with one earned run, this outing was the latest in a series of struggles for Allen, as he's allowed at least one earned run in four consecutive appearances. For now, he remains the Angels closer.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Tommy La Stella: Goes yard twice
La Stella went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs Sunday against the Mariners.
La Stella took Mike Leake and R.J. Alaniz deep to bring his home run total to six on the season. He's proven to be one of the biggest surprises early in the campaign, slugging .579 through 57 at-bats. He's lost at-bats against left-handed starters, but is locked in on the strong side of a platoon and isn't giving the Angels any reason to sit him down against right-handed pitching.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Luis Garcia: Grabs one out save
Garcia recorded the last out of the game to secure a save in Sunday's game against the Mariners.
Garcia was called upon after the Angels' bullpen imploded in the ninth, which culminated in Cody Allen surrendering a three-run homer to Mitch Haniger to cut the lead to two. However, Garcia got Edwin Encarnacion to pop out to end the game and earn his first save of the season. Though Allen has struggled to begin the campaign, he remains in place as the team's closer for the time being, which will limit Garcia's save chances.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Albert Pujols: Out of Sunday's lineup
Pujols is not in Sunday's lineup against the Mariners, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
He has started five of the last seven games, going 4-for-17 (.235) with a home run over that stretch. Tommy La Stella gets the start at DH, hitting seventh.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jonathan Lucroy: Sitting Sunday
Lucroy is not in Sunday's lineup against the Mariners, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
He has been getting a lot of work in the early going, but he'll get the day game off. Lucroy is hitting .371 with zero home runs and a 4:2 K:BB over his last 35 at-bats. Kevan Smith will start behind the dish, hitting sixth.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Hansel Robles: Working as opener Sunday
Robles will work as the opener Sunday against the Mariners, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Jaime Barria was expected to make this start, but he will instead come in later as the primary pitcher. Robles will face Mitch Haniger, Domingo Santana and Edwin Encarnacion to start off the game. This will be his first career start.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jaime Barria: Will be primary pitcher Sunday
Barria is not listed as the starter Sunday against the Mariners, as the Angels will use an opener (Hansel Robles), but he is still expected to work as the primary pitcher, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Barria has given up five runs on 10 hits and two walks in 7.2 innings over two appearances, so he can use all the help he can get. This will allow him to avoid at least Mitch Haniger, Domingo Santana and Edwin Encarnacion to start the game. He could pitch deep enough to qualify for the win.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jarrett Parker: Returning to action
Parker (oblique) is starting in right field for Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Parker has been dealing with the oblique injury for the last month but is now ready to make his season debut. The 30-year-old last appeared in the majors with the Giants in 2017 and slashed .247/.294/.416 in 177 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less