Daily Links for the LA Angels including Aybar gets an MRI, Downs to start his rehab assignment today, a look at how the Angels came to the decision on promoting Walden to closer and much more...
The Monkey Says: The team seems hopeful that Aybar can avoid the DL, but that is no guarantee. If they think Erick is going to miss even two or three more games, don't be surprised if Hank Conger gets sent down in favor of infielder Andrew Romine to give the Angels bench a little extra depth.
The Monkey Says: If all goes well, Downs could make his Angel debut some time during the Cleveland series and probably no later than the upcoming series in Texas.
The Monkey Says: I totally agree and wrote as much yesterday, though I wasn't as diplomatic as the esteemed Mr. Keri.
The Monkey Says: I once again find myself in total agreement, which is why I said Haren was the key to the Angels' success in a post right before the season started. Saxon even makes an allusion to the Giants in his piece, which is perfect since I believe the Angels need to follow that very same blueprint in order to reach the post-season. Once they get this whole bullpen thing settled, I think they will be right on track.
The Monkey Says: Taka is really struggling with command right now, which is unusual for him. His BB/9 rate with the Mets last season was a little over three and his Japanese stats were even better than that, so he should get it figured out before long.
The Monkey Says: Chopper has only made one appearance this season, but that could soon change in light of the bullpen struggles. Sosh alluded to using him in later innings in this report, so maybe he could get a shot at seventh inning duties since Mike Kohn has faltered in that role thus far.
The Monkey Says: Yup, voting for a sandwich. I'm so glad that we don't have anything better to worry about in this world. It isn't like there is genocide being committed in Africa or anything.