The April 25th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Aybar and Madson head out on rehab assignments. the curious lack of stolen bases by the Angels and much more...
The Monkey Says: Aybar is hoping to play a game or two and join the team in Seattle this weekend, but he might wait until the Oakland series based on reports from yesterday. The more interesting news here is that Ryan Madson will supposedly be pitching in live games for the first time in his rehab, however he also reportedly didn't throw a scheduled simulated game earlier this week, so he may not be all the way back to where he was before his latest setback. Let's hope that this turns out to be more of a real step forward though because the Angels badly need another quality right in the bullpen as soon as humanly possible.
The Story: Why are the Angels not stealing more bases?
The Monkey Says: This is actually a big question across all of baseball. For reasons that nobody seems to fully understand, stolen bases are down markedly across the league, so this isn't an isolated issue with the Halos. That being said, the Angels have been conservative of late in my eyes. Specifically, the team seems reluctant to put Peter Bourjos on the move, especially Monday night when he had a leadoff single and then declined to try and steal his way into scoring position, which is pretty infuriating. In their defense, the Angels have hit-and-run quite a bit, so they aren't remaining stagnant.