The Angels return to the "Big A" for a quick three game series with the San Diego Padres after a disappointing 4-5 road trip to Toronto, Detroit and Tampa Bay.
After being destroyed by the Rays 11-1 last night, manager Mike Scioscia gave the clubhouse a stern talking to and promised changes would soon follow if the team did not round into shape quickly.
The other big story of the last 24 hours is that Kelvim Escobar has been permanently sent to the bullpen. Escobar's shoulder pain and stamina issues will not allow him to give the Angels the amount of pitches they need out of their starting pitchers. Scioscia reports that he does not expect Escobar to have to go back on the disabled list, but that he wont be available until next week. Matt Palmer will return to the rotation.
In another move to strenghten the bullpen, the struggling Jose Arredondo was sent down to AAA Salt Lake City and reliever Kevin Jepsen was recalled. Jepsen was one of the few bright spots yesterday, pitching 1.1 shut out innings. ESPN's Peter Gammons also reports the Angels are suitors for the Rockies Huston Street.
The first year player draft was conducted this week and Eddie Bane says the club is very excited about the players they acquired. The Angels were able to select a pair of power hitting outfielders Randal Grichuk and Mike Trout. One of the Halos picks was catcher Asaad Ali, if the last name seems familiar it is for good reason as he is the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.
Eddie also took some time out of his schedule last night to talk directly with the Angelswin.com community. The recap of the chat session is available here as well as our weekly prospect report.
Up next : Padres at Angels
TV: FS-W (Fri & Sat) KCOP (Sun)
Radio: KLAA 830, KFWB, KWKW 1330
Chad Gaudin (2-4, 5.01) vs Matt Palmer (5-0, 4.06)
TBD vs. Joe Saunders (6-4, 3.94)
Chris Young (4-5, 4.76) vs. Jered Weaver (6-2, 2.31)