Monday, March 29, 2010

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 Los Angeles Angels News Today
March 29th, 2010

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Is Aybar ready to be Angels' new leading man?
TEMPE, Ariz. — Erick Aybar had never seen the prototype. The Angels' young infielder was standing on the field with teammates Chone Figgins, Howie Kendrick and Maicer Izturis one day early last season when Figgins started talking about great basestealers – including the all-time best, Rickey Henderson, arguably the best leadoff hitter in modern baseball history.

The Squeeze: Indians 15, Angels 5
The Indians had back-to-back six-run innings (fifth and sixth) on their way to a 15-5 victory over the Angels Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Angels Mailbag: What do you want to know?
As the Angels wrap up spring training this week, it’s time for a final preseason edition of Angels Mailbag.

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Santana `right on time'
TEMPE, Ariz. -- After missing a rotation turn banging his elbow against a couch, inflaming the bursa sac, Angels right-hander Ervin Santana made up for lost time on Sunday.

Izturis, Kazmir see improvement Sunday
Angels infielder Maicer Izturis was feeling "much better, no problem" on Sunday after experiencing mid-back stiffness on Saturday swinging the bat and leaving the game against the Giants in the third inning. Scott Kazmir reported no stiffness - "all good, ready to go" - after unleashing a full-tilt power bullpen on Saturday.

Can Angels carry three catchers?
Decision day is fast approaching. Catcher Bobby Wilson and outfielder Terry Evans are out of Minor League options and can't be returned to Triple-A Salt Lake without the risk of losing them through waivers. Both almost certainly would be claimed.

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Angels have quite a setup
Scot Shields, Kevin Jepsen and Fernando Rodney all could be called upon to pitch in the eighth inning, depending on the situation.

Jered Weaver in line for Angels' opening-day start
Right-hander appears to be on schedule for the assignment, but Mike Scioscia is not tipping his hand yet.

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