The Angels have signed 27-year old righty reliever Josh Judy to a minor league deal. Judy was pitching for York in the Atlantic Independent League. He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for York this year and he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Judy pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in 2011 with the Indians in his only taste of the majors and he was 0-0 with a 7.07 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.
The Los Angeles Angels have placed 26-year old righty swinging CF Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring. Bourjos has played in 22 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 26 for 79 (.329 avg, .860 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Bourjos has now played in 321 games in his first four years with the Angels and he is 236 of 930 (.254 avg, .716 OPS) with 129 runs scored, 23 homers, 85 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. This is a bad break for Bourjos, as he has really been swinging a hot stick so far this year. Mike Trout will slide over from LF to replace Bourjos in CF until he’s ready to return to action.
26-year old lefty swinging 1B Efren Navarro is off to a fast start with the bat for the Angels in AAA-ball in 2013. Navarro has played in 24 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Angels and he is 27 for 86 (.314 avg, .842 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 2 homers, 12 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 730 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 761 of 2,630 (.289 avg, .755 OPS) with 351 runs scored, 37 homers, 347 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Navarro did get into 8 games for the Angels in 2011 and he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .573 OPS) with 1 run scored. Navarro could get another shot with the Angels at some point in 2013, if he continues to rake in AAA-ball.
The Angels have dealt 32-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Snyder to the Baltimore Orioles for 28-year old righty reliever Rob Delaney. Snyder played in 21 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 27 of 79 (.342 avg, 1.072 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 7 homers and 21 RBIs. He wasn’t going to play for the Angels this year unless Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger went down to injury. Delaney pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0-1 with a 10.12 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP. He has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 0-0 with a 10.50 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP. Delaney has pitched in 340 games (0 starts) in his 8 years in the minors and he is 29-23 with 80 saves, a 2.79 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Delaney could benefit from a change of scenery, as like Dane De La Rosa, he has good stuff. I like this deal for both teams, as the Angels got a nice arm for a backup catcher, which was a big need for the Orioles.
The Angels have placed 30-year old lefty reliever Sean Burnett on the 15-day disabled list due to left forearm irritation. Burnett has pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 1.04 ERA anda 1.39 WHIP. Burnett has given up 8 hits and he has walked 4 batters while whiffing 7 batters in his first 8 2/3 innings pitched. The Angels hope that Burnett is ready to return in a couple of weeks as he has been a huge asset to the pen so far this year.
32-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton is off to a very slow start in 2013 for the Angels. He has started 4 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-3 with a 7.84 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP. He has given up 38 hits (6 homers) while only walking 5 batters and whiffing 8 of them in his first 20 2/3 innings so far this year as he is getting hit very hard. The Angels are going to stick with Blanton for a while longer as he is a proven veteran starting pitcher. His track record suggest that he will straighten out things in the near future.
24-year old righty Garrett Richards started the 2013 season in the bullpen, but he has been moved to the rotation to replace Jered Weaver (who is injured). Richards has done a very good job in his first two starts for the Angels this year as he is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP. Richards has only given up 5 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 9 batters in his first 13 1/3 innings this year. He has now pitched in 6 games (2 starts) overall this year for the Angels and he is 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP. The Angels hope that Richards keeps up the good work as the Angels’ rotation needs all of the help that it can get this year.
Lefty swinging CF Jim Edmonds started his career playing for the California Angels and he also played for the Los Angeles Angels in his 7 years with the franchise. He played in 709 games in his 7 years with the Angels and he was 768 for 2,644 (.290 avg, .856 OPS) with 464 runs scored, 121 homers, 408 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. His best year with the Angels and his only All-Star appearance for the Angels came back in 1995. He played in 141 games in 1995 for the California Angels and he was 162 of 558 (.290 avg, .888 OPS) with 120 runs scored, 33 homers, 107 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Edmonds also had another solid year in 1998 for the Angels. He played in 154 games in 1998 for the Angels and he was 184 of 599 (.307 avg, .874 OPS) with 115 runs scored, 25 homers, 91 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Edmonds was also one of the best defensive outfielders in Angels’ history as he won 2 Gold Gloves for them. Edmonds is still #9 in Angels’ history in batting average (.290) and he is also #3 in OPS (.856).
The Angels have placed 29-year old righty reliever Mark Lowe on the 15-day disabled list due to neck stiffness. I’m not surprised as his neck stiffness is likely due to whiplash with the way he has been pitching so far in 2013. He has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 11.37 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP. Lowe has given up only 4 hits and he has whiffed 6 batters in his first 6 1/3 innings for the Angels this year, but he has walked 8 batters which has gotten him into a lot of trouble so far. Hopefully his control problems were because of his neck, as he has a really good arm.
The Angels have placed 30-year old switch-hitting 3B Alberto Callaspo on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 11th due to right calf tightness. Callaspo has played in 9 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 9 for 33 (.273 avg, .745 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. 25-year old righty swinging rookie Luis Jimenez will continue to start at 3B until Callaspo is ready to return to action. He has played in 5 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 7 for 16 (.438 avg, 1.096 OPS) with 3 runs scored.