Daily Links for the LA Angels including Haren named co-Player of the Week, Aybar begins a short rehab stint, Kazmir begins his comeback effort and much more...
The Story: Dan Haren was named co-Player of the Week for the American League.
The Monkey Says: What? He had to share it? I declare shenanigans.
The Story: Erick Aybar began what should be a brief rehab stint in Salt Lake last night.
The Monkey Says: Aybar was supposed to be activated on Monday, but apparently the team wanted him to shake off some rust first.
The Story: Scott Kazmir is headed to extended spring training to begin his rehab/comeback attempt.
The Monkey Says: At this rate, Kazmir probably won't even get a chance to rejoin the Angels before May, if ever.
The Story: Scott Downs has been sidelined by a virus.
The Monkey Says: This certainly explains why he hasn't made any appearances lately. Hopefully he'll be able to pitch before this important Texas series is over.
The Story: Vernon Wells is showing some positive attitude via Twitter in the wake of his early season struggles.
The Monkey Says: He's been playing better of late, so whatever he is doing seems to be paying off.
The Story: Is Tyler Chatwood good, lucky or both?
The Monkey Says: A lot of people doubt his ability to pitch at such a high level so soon, but I am going to continue believing in him until he proves otherwise on the field. Hopefully that won't ever come to pass, but I do worry that the hitters are going to start feasting on his fastball once they learn to lay off his devastating curveball.
The Story: Torii Hunter will be speaking at a charity event next Tuesday.
The Monkey Says: Get your tickets now and help out some at-risk youths.
The Story: Excellent command and heavy use of two different fastballs have been the key to Dan Haren's strong start.
The Monkey Says: What did we ever do without pitch f/x?
The Story: What should the Angels do with Erick Aybar?
The Monkey Says: This is way too premature. Aybar will surely get his starting job back, but he'll still sit on occasion until Alberto Callaspo or Maicer Izturis cool down. Now, after a few weeks, if Aybar isn't playing well, we can discuss taking some sort of action with him. A trade seems pretty unlikely though as his value is deflated right now, plus the Halos shouldn't risk their infield depth given Maicer Izturis' injury history.