Collin Cowgill/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
Outfielder Collin Cowgill (sprained right wrist) has been on the disabled list since May 26. He hit off a tee Friday and Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he should be taking batting practice any time. Cowgill is chomping at the bit.
“I’m dying to hit,” he said. “I haven’t done it for a long time.”
(Jered Weaver also progressing)
Right-hand pitcher Jered Weaver is on the disabled list with left hip inflammation. Seen at his locker, when asked about it, he said, “Great, it’s coming along.”
Weaver played catch from 90 feet Friday after five days of no throwing at all.
“A couple of more days of playing catch and waiting for them to tell me what’s going on,” Weaver said.
Chris Iannetta/Photo courtesy of Los Angels Angels
Angels catcher Chris Iannetta in 2014 had his best overall season with the club. He hit .252 with seven home runs, 43 RBIs, 22 doubles and an on-base-percentage of .373 in 306 at-bats.
It’s been a different story here in 2015, his fourth season with the Angels. This season he’s hitting just .184 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 141 at-bats. He has four doubles and an on-base-percentage of just .287, the lowest of his 10-year major-league career.
He said it’s not as bad as all that.
“Yeah, I had a really bad April,” Iannetta said. “Since then, I’ve been playing really well, to be honest with you. I think if you look at the numbers since May, it’s been what I did all last year.
“I just had an abysmal April. And it’s still reflected on the scoreboard. Since then I think I’ve been hitting roughly around .250 and doing pretty well, doing what I want to do. It’s going to take a long time to change the overall aggregate number on the scoreboard, but I like where I’m at.”
Iannetta hit just .093 in April and he did come back to hit .264 in May. However, he’s hitting just .206 this month. He’s hitting .241 (21-for-87) since the end of April.
Pete Rose/Associated Press file photo by Al Behrman
Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels is like any other manager in the big leagues in that he’ll sometimes dance around an issue for the good of his team. Scioscia on Monday afternoon did nothing of the kind when the subject of the newest information regarding Pete Rose was broached.
A report on ESPN.com detailed information in a notebook from 1989 that showed Rose allegedly bet on the Cincinnati Reds when he was their player-manager in 1986. When
Scioscia was asked if Rose belongs on the Hall of Fame ballot, he pulled no punches. Not one.
“Well, I think the one thing that’s different from a lot of the guys who, you know, I’ve heard the argument about PEDs and things that are kind of, I think, holding people now from being voted into the Hall of Fame,” Scioscia said prior to his team’s series-opener against the Houston Astros. “We’ve survived PEDs. This game will never survive gambling, will never.
“That rule is very clear. If there’s an illusion that anybody in this game is making bets on performance, whether it’s pro or con, baseball will just unravel. That’s why the penalties are very stiff and if all the allegations are true against Pete, that’s the price he has to pay.”
The same question was posed to Scioscia’s superstar centerfielder, Mike Trout, who didn’t want to touch it.
“I haven’t really even thought about it,” Trout said. “I don’t know all the details, so I can’t really answer that question.”
Jered Weaver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
Angels right-handed pitcher Jered Weaver has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left hip. The Angels recalled outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Salt Lake City.
Weaver, a former member of the Long Beach State Dirtbags, is having his worst season. He is 4-8 with a career-high ERA of 4.75. Weaver’s highest ERA over the course of a full season is 4.33 in 2008 when he went 11-10.
Weaver in 2014 was 18-9 with an ERA of 3.59. The lowest ERA of his 10-year career was 2.41 in 2011, when he went 18-8.
Weaver on Saturday pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up four earned runs in the Angels’ 4-1 loss at Oakland.