Game 43: Angels-Athletics …
Pitching: RH Jerome Williams (4-1, 3.86 ERA)
Pitching: LHP Tommy Milone (5-3, 4.09 ERA)
Some pregame notes …
- So Vernon Wells (right thumb) will go under the knife, undergoing a procedure Tuesday that will keep him away from baseball activities until at least early August. Ryan Langerhans (separated right shoulder) will not require surgery, but was placed on the disabled list. With those two out, the Angels called up Kole Calhoun, who will be the fourth outfielder, and reliever Bobby Cassevah, who will help out a bullpen that had to account for 6 2/3 innings in Sunday’s 3-2, 13-inning loss.
- As for how long the Angels will go with 14 relievers? Mike Scioscia was non-committal. “We’ll see how these couple days go, and then we’ll make a determination of where we want to be with our roster, the complextion and what our needs are.”
- Scioscia’s also still unsure about Torii Hunter, who he hopes will join the Angels during this week’s road trip but can’t pinpoint a date. “He has a lot of things that he’s working through back home. As soon as he’s comfortable to get back, he will. We don’t have a definitive timeline.”
- Wells’ loss and Torii’s absence means the Angels’ starting outfield is the same one that took the field today. When Hunter returns, it’s very clear that Trumbo will play left, Trout will play center and Hunter will play right field, with Bourjos only playing when Trumbo plays third. Trumbo has to play every day at this point.
- Michael Kohn (Tommy John) was transferred to the 60-day DL to create room for Calhoun on the 40-man roster, btw.
Some Angels.com links from Sunday …
- Angels suffer a crushing loss (on multiple levels) at Petco
- Notebook, on Wells and Langerhans injuries, the Angels’ creativity in the 11th and Aybar taking steps forward
- Williams looking for fifth straight win vs. A’s
Some AL West links …
- A’s place Brandon McCarthy on the DL
- Rangers ponder options with Neftali Feliz on the shelf
- Mariners blast off, hang on for sweep in Denver
And LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had a BIG game on Sunday.