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Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Resumes hitting
Ohtani will hit off a tee Friday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
The recovery timeline for Tommy John surgery is shorter for hitters than pitchers, and the hitting half of Ohtani expects to only miss the first month of the season. Barring setbacks, he's targeting a return sometime in May, though he'll be unable to pitch at any point in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Dillon Peters: Named starter for spring opener
Peters is scheduled to start Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Giants, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Peters, who was claimed off waivers by the Angels earlier in the offseason, will open up spring action for his new team. The southpaw is expected to serve as rotation depth in 2019 after struggling across seven appearances (five starts) for the Marlins in 2018 (7.16 ERA and 17:15 K:BB in 27.2 innings).... See More ... See Less
Angels' David Fletcher: Will get time in outfield
Fletcher will get looks in the outfield this spring, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
The Angels only have four outfielders with major-league contracts, so Fletcher could in effect be the team's fifth outfielder in addition to playing various infield positions. The 24-year-old posted a respectable .275/.316/.363 line in his 80-game debut season last year while starting games at second base, third base and shortstop.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Nick Tropeano: Eyes return to mound work
Tropeano (shoulder) threw from 100 feet Wednesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Tropeano isn't expected to be ready by Opening Day due to a setback in his recovery from a shoulder injury, but it seems like he's still making steady progress in his recovery program. The hope is that the right-hander can return to mound work in two-and-a-half weeks before getting back to game action in five weeks. Tropeano is also reportedly tweaking his mechanics a bit in an effort to prevent another setback from occurring.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Justin Upton: Progresses to tee work
Upton (knee) hit off a tee Tuesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Upton is being slow played this spring due to patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Barring any setbacks, the veteran outfielder is expected to progress to soft toss in the near future. Upton is expected to be ready for Opening Day, though his status will be worth monitoring as spring training progresses.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Matt Harvey: Returning to mound work Wednesday
Harvey (lower body) will throw off a mound Wednesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Harvey has been slowed by a glute strain early in camp, but the issue wasn't expected to be a significant one. He'll have over a month to build up for Opening Day, which should be plenty of time, barring setbacks.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Matt Harvey: Resumes throwing
Harvey (lower body) has resumed throwing, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Harvey was expected to be sidelined for a week and a half due to a glute strain, but he's back to throwing less than a week after suffering the injury. Barring any setbacks, the veteran right-hander should be good to go for the start of the season.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Justin Upton: Slowed by knee issue
Upton is battling patellar tendinitis in his right knee and will take things slowly this spring, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Upton has received at least 600 plate appearances in eight straight seasons. It doesn't appear that the knee issue will be serious enough to threaten that streak, though the injury is at least one to monitor. If Upton starts the season on the injured list, Michael Hermosillo could be in line for unexpected outfield starts.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Albert Pujols: Could be limited in spring
Pujols (knee/elbow) said Sunday that he feels fully healthy and will be available for Opening Day, though he noted he may not play in Cactus League games right away, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
After undergoing surgery on his left knee in August and another procedure in September for his right elbow, Pujols has apparently completed his rehab for both issues. While neither Pujols nor the team seems to have any concern about his readiness for the start of the season, the 39-year-old will be eased into spring activities for precautionary purposes more than anything else. Pujols is projected to serve as the Angels' regular designated hitter to begin the campaign but could surrender those duties at some point in May, when Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is expected to make his season debut.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Nearing return to tee work
Ohtani (elbow) hopes to progress to hitting off a tee during the coming week, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
The two-way phenom appears to be progressing through his rehab program nicely, as he had only been cleared to take dry swings last week. Ohtani still appears to be on track for a return in May, though a firmer date will likely take shape as he advances further in his rehab program.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Luke Bard: Signs minor-league deal with Angels
Bard signed a minor-league contract with the Angels on Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Bard spent time in Los Angeles last season, allowing seven runs over 11.2 innings after being selected from Minnesota in the Rule 5 draft. He was returned to the Twins in late April, but the Angels evidently liked him enough to bring him back. He'll be a long shot to make the Opening Day roster but could find himself back in the big leagues at some point this season.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jake Jewell: Throwing normally after surgery
Jewell has recovered from surgery on his right leg and is throwing normal bullpen sessions in camp, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Jewell underwent season-ending surgery on his right fibula in June but is ready to go to start the season. He appears to be a long shot to make the team's Opening Day bullpen but will have a good chance to add to his two career major-league innings at some point this season.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Dan Jennings: Signs with Angels
Jennings signed a minor-league deal with the Angels that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Jennings posted a 3.22 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 72 appearances with the Brewers in 2018, but the team declined to tender him a contract and he subsequently hit free agency. The 31-year-old is likely to serve as a left-handed specialist as he allowed a .320/.399/.528 slash line to right-handed hitters in 2018, though his career splits aren't quite so extreme.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jared Walsh: Spending spring as two-way player
Walsh is working out as a two-way player this spring, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Walsh spent the 2018 season as a first baseman and outfielder in the Angels' organization, slashing .277/.359/.536 with 29 homers and 99 RBI across the three highest levels of the minor leagues. He's adding another element to his repertoire in an effort to break camp in the big leagues. However, Walsh isn't on the 40-man roster right now, so he faces a bit of an uphill climb to garner an active roster spot. He does throw left-handed, though, and the Angels have few southpaws in the major-league bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Matt Harvey: Hampered by glute strain
Harvey will miss a week and a half of action after straining his glute during agility drills Thursday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
The oft-injured pitcher hit another roadblock in his career, this time before the season even started. Thankfully, it's early enough in spring training that Harvey will still likely be ready for the start of the regular season. Naturally, things can change over the course of spring training, but more on his status will become known once he attempts a return to action in a week and a half.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Michael Hermosillo: Sidelined following hernia surgery
Hermosillo is still rehabbing from offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
The outfielder was reportedly hampered by the issue last season already, but he wasn't forced to get surgery until he aggravated the issue in winter ball. It's unclear whether or not Hermosillo will be ready for spring training game action when the time comes. If he is able to get healthy enough to play by Opening Day, the 24-year-old figures to spend much of the season as the Angels' fourth outfielder.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Alex Meyer: Rehabbing from another surgery
Meyer revealed Wednesday that he required arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in November, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Meyer was sidelined for the entire 2018 campaign after requiring surgery in September 2017 to repair the labrum in his same shoulder. It was expected that he would have a relatively normal offseason before returning to camp this spring at close to full strength, but the fact that he experienced a setback that required a follow-up procedure now muddles his outlook for 2019. While the scope won't necessitate as long of a recovery timeline as the surgery he needed to repair his labrum, Meyer has yet to resume a throwing program and looks like a good bet to open the season on the injured list at Triple-A Salt Lake.... See More ... See Less