Game 10: Astros-Angels …

These Astros couldn’t get here soon enough. The Angels were just swept at home by the A’s for the first time since 2001, getting outscored 26-11 in the process, and have dropped each of their first three series to start the season, with Jered Weaver (broken left arm), Erick Aybar (bruised left heel) and Alberto Callaspo (right right calf) all ailing.

That means, more lineup changes — though these were a matter of circumstance …

Astros (3-6)

HOUJose Altuve, 2B
Justin Maxwell, CF
Jason Castro, C
Chris Carter, DH
Carlos Pena, 1B
J.D. Martinez, LF
Rick Ankiel, RF
Matt Dominguez, 3B
Marwin Gonzalez, SS

SP: RH Bud Norris (1-1, 3.18 ERA)

Angels (2-7)

laaPeter Bourjos, CF
Mike Trout, LF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Josh Hamilton, RF
Mark Trumbo, DH
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Hank Conger, C
Luis Jimenez, 3B
Brendan Harris, SS

SP: RH Tommy Hanson (1-0, 4.50 ERA)

  • Jimenez had an ear-to-ear smile on Friday afternoon, as he made his way through the clubhouse and yucked it up with Callaspo and Pujols. “I didn’t imagine that I’d be here so soon,” he said in Spanish, “but I did picture myself here. I’m happy. I’m going to do the best I can.”
  • Jimenez probably won’t be here for too long, but that’s a good thing for the Angels. It means Aybar and Callaspo are making progress. Aybar took BP on the field, and though he felt pain from the right side, he felt good enough to also do some sprints and take grounders on the field to see how he feels. He may be able to return for this weekend series; if not, probably against the Twins. Callaspo, meanwhile, got treatment while the Angels took part in pregame workouts and is confident this won’t be a DL situation.
  • In order to create a spot for Jimenez, the Angels optioned outfielder J.B. Shuck. It was the only logical choice. They couldn’t afford to be minus a reliever, and Aybar and Callaspo don’t seem primed for the DL. That means Shuck can’t return for at least 10 days.
  • Angels manager Mike Scioscia, when asked if he has the pieces in-house to turn this around: “No doubt, we are going to turn this around. There is no doubt. I think the personnel is here, the potential is here.”

Alden

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