Monday, June 29, 2009

Coming off a sweep of the hapless Arizona Diamondbacks, the Angels have captured sole possession of first place and now head to Arlington for a Texas showdown with the second place Rangers.

With the losses of Scot Shields and Kelvim Escobar, Matt Palmer coming down to Earth and the meltdown of Kevin Jepsen yesterday it should be no surprise that Tony Reagins is looking for pitching. Despite the recent efforts of Jason Bulger and Justin Speier, for the Angels to go deep in the playoffs they must solidify their bullpen.

Jon Paul Morosi writes the Reds could have interest in Gary Matthews Jr. The Angels would have to pick up the majority of his deal, but it might be worth it if the Halos can get a hold of some of the Reds hard throwing young pitchers.

Ervin Santana is saying he felt great after his rehab start on Sunday night. Reagins said he that as long as Santana feels fine he should not need another minor league start. That may put Santana on course to pitch on Friday against Baltimore.

The Angels got an encouraging update on AAA relief Jose Arredondo who was placed on the disabled list with a right ulnar collateral ligament sprain. An MRI showed no structural damage. Mike Scioscia called it a "minor set back".

If you still haven't voted, it isn't too late to push Torii Hunter into 3rd place and a starting spot in the 2009 All Star Game.

Up Next - Angels at Rangers.

TV: FS-W 5:05 pm

The Angels will face the same three pitchers they did in May when they were swept by the Rangers. Wednesday will feature a marquee pitching match up of ERA leaders.

Tonight - Sean O'Sullivan (1-0, 3.00) vs Vicente Padilla (6-3, 4.48)
Tuesday - Joe Saunders (8-4, 3.66) vs Scott Feldman (5-2, 4.06)
Wednesday - Jered Weaver (8-3, 2.65) vs Kevin Millwood (8-5, 2.64)
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