Daily Links for the LA Angels including details of the second Morales surgery, examining if the Angels are blocking Mike Trout, Kazmir's second rehab outing goes horribly and much more...
The Story: Details of Kendrys Morales' second surgery.
The Monkey Says: There actually aren't a whole lot of details, unfortunately. What does concern me though is the term "bone graft." I'm no doctor, but that doesn't sound good.
The Story: Are the Angels blocking Mike Trout?
The Monkey Says: This topic is something of an elephant in the room, but I don't think there is a need to be so alarmist about it. The part of this I especially detest is the notion that the team is "allowing" Abreu's option to vest. Yes, it could be avoided and we can all agree that it would be best if the option didn't vest, but who exactly are the Angels supposed to give Bobby's at-bats to? It isn't like they are overrun with offensive depth right now. Giving him a vesting option in the first place, now that it is something worth complaining about. What I think will eventually happen for the Halos to clear a spot for Trout is to find a team to dump Abreu on next season or, maybe even dump Torii Hunter via trade instead. I really don't see trading Peter Bourjos as an option the Angels would seriously consider even though it would be the easiest way to make room for Trout.
The Story: Scott Kazmir's second rehab outing for Salt Lake started well but finished in horrific fashion.
The Monkey Says: Kaz apparently was decent in the first two innings, but the wheels came off entirely in the third when he allowed all 10 runs in the third inning, getting only one out before he got yanked. I suppose the team will continue running him out there until his 30-day rehab allowance expires, but I don't see how he could possibly improve from these two awful outing to the point that he would the Angels would allow him back on the big league roster. In fact, I wouldn't be shocked if they just cut him loose now.