The June 6th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols asked to go on DL a month ago, Angels bemoan loss of Hunter's leadership and much more...
The Monkey Says: He actually had agreed to do it but changed his mind the next morning. That decision isn't looking too smart right now though since Pujols hasn't really come around yet. Still, it is kind of intriguing to think that even the Angels though his injuries were bad enough to come to him with the DL idea.
The Monkey Says: This is very surprising because this team should not be lacking leadership what with Scisocia, Pujols and Trout on the roster. Trumbo says some of those guys have stepped up but that there is still a void with Torii gone.
The Monkey Says: Having Brendan Harris at first base and unable to dig out a pretty easy one-hopper doesn't help either.
The Monkey Says: He seems to have Scioscia's confidence now, which is good because whenever Sean Burnett or Ryan Madson finally return from injury, someone is going to have to get demoted and there is no obvious guy to be sent down at this moment.
The Monkey Says: That bag is still better looking than that horrible Trout fish hat they are giving away at an upcoming game.
The Monkey Says: That doesn't make me feel any better about how the trade worked out for the Angels.
The Monkey Says: The team is moving him to Salt Lake for more rehab. Clearly they are trying to be cautious about his hamstring, but he has played well in his first few rehab games, so it is hard to say what else he really has to gain. Even a recovering Bourjos should be an upgrade over J.B. Shuck.
The Monkey Says: Of course he will. He has pitched well, but he has bullpen experience and a smaller contract than Joe Blanton. This is just such a classic Scioscia decision.
The Monkey Says: As of this writing, the Angels haven't announced who is taking his place. The only thing we know is that it won't be Peter Bourjos as Scioscia confirmed that it will be someone else, but we won't find out until Friday because apparently the Angels hate spoilers.
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So the team was better with Torii's "leadership"? If I recall correctly they underachieved the last three years with him here. This is a terrible excuse for the teams play by Trumbo.
@BrandonWing That has long been my line with Torii and his leadership, "what exactly did he ever lead the Angels to?"