Angels’ Andrew Heaney ’embarrassed’ by timing, perception of injury

It wasn’t until after Andrew Heaney’s start in Tuesday’s 6-1 loss that the strained flexor muscle in his pitching arm became a significant concern. The left-hander said the ball felt different coming out of his hand beginning in the fourth inning, but he could still pitch effectively.

When it was brought to his attention after the game that his velocity slightly declined during the game, he decided to talk with the Angels training staff, who discovered the strain to his forearm was worthy of a stint on the 15-day disabled list.

Heaney’s disappointment is only enhanced by the prominent role he was in line for this season. Continue reading “Angels’ Andrew Heaney ’embarrassed’ by timing, perception of injury” »

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Texas Rangers acquire Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox.

The Texas Rangers have been in the market for a right fielder ever since Nelson Cruz was suspended for the remainder of the regular season — 50 games — for alleged performance enhancing drug use. David Murphy started in right field in Anaheim that night, and you might recall how that went.

So on Friday the Rangers and White Sox worked out a trade that sends Rios and cash to Texas for a player to be named later, expected to be minor leaguer Leury Garcia.

In 28 at-bats over seven games against the Angels this season, Rios has batted .357/.379/.714, with two home runs and six RBIs. The Rangers and Angels play seven more times before the season is over, giving the Angels just one more thing to look forward to in an increasingly long season.

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Report: Jack Clark accuses Albert Pujols of using steroids.

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols broke in with the St. Louis Cardinals at 21 years old in 2001. He has long denied using steroids. (Getty Images)

Former major leaguer Jack Clark, now a sports-talk radio host in St. Louis, recently accused Angels star Albert Pujols of using steroids early in his career with the Cardinals.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today that Clark had been on the job less than a week last Friday when he declared on the air that Pujols used steroids: “I know for a fact he was. The trainer that worked with him, threw him batting practice from Kansas City, that worked him out every day, basically told me that’s what he did.”

More from Clark, courtesy of the P-D:

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