Game 57: Mariners-Angels …
Pitching: RH Blake Beavan (3-4, 4.72 ERA)
Pitching: RH Garrett Richards (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Some pregame notes …
- Bobby Wilson was placed on the 7-day concussion DL today, after getting hit by a foul tip there on Monday night, and Conger was called up. Wilson was still feeling a bit woozy and felt the club was just being cautious because he suffered a concussion earlier in the year in Minnesota, and during a home-plate collision with Mark Teixeira in 2010. Wilson expects to be back after the seven days are up, but you never know with these things.
- The Angels drafted 13 players on Day 2, with 12 of them being collegiate guys. Here’s a look at all of them.
- Iconic Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda suffered a mild heart attack today, but is said to be resting comfortably and could be released Wednesday. Here’s what Mike Scioscia said: “Naturally we’re concerned any time you get news like that, but I think all the reports are that he’s resting comfortably and hopefully this will be a little blip in the radar, and he’ll get back out here, relax, and get out to ballgames.”
- Conger was called up and inserted right into the lineup. Some of it had to do with a familiarity with Richards, but mostly because of his left-handed bat. “Hank, he feels good, he caught enough down there to get back where he needs to be,” Scioscia said. “With Bobby out, we’re going to need someone to share the load with John and Hank’s ready for it.”
- The Angels limited Richards’ repertoire to just the fastball, changeup and slider when he came up to the big leagues down the stretch last year. But Scioscia feels he’s come far enough with his curveball to be able to use all four pitches tonight.
- LaTroy Hawkins (pinkie) has been transferred from Class A to Triple-A. Plan is for him to pitch today and Thursday and join the Angels in Colorado on Friday.
- Jered Weaver (lower back), who continues to long toss, probably won’t need to go on a rehab assignment. Chris Iannetta (wrist) will, though.
- Howie Kendrick (.251/.280/.367) is out of the lineup today. Pretty much a mental day. “Obviously he’s not swinging the bat to his potential,” Scioscia said. “I think he’s caught in between a little bit. At times he’s out in front, at times he’s missing some fastballs he should hit. Howie’s just a terrific hitter in the box, and right now he’s searching for some things and we need him.”