Minnesota Twins 10, Angels 3 (10 innings).

Mark Trumbo

Mark Trumbo hit his 22nd home run of the season in the fourth inning. (Associated Press)

A few postgame notes from the Angels’ locker room that won’t appear in my game story:

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Salt Lake shuffle: Ryan Madson, Luis Jimenez, Kole Calhoun, Barry Enright in; Bill Hall out.

If you’ve flown between John Wayne airport and Salt Lake City at any point this season, your odds of bumping into an Angels player are pretty high. The Angels have been busy burning a path from Anaheim to their Triple-A affiliate, having used 36 batters and 20 pitchers this season — both tied for second in the league.

Sunday might have been the busiest day of them all.
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Angels agree to terms with Brad Hawpe on minor-league deal.

Brad Hawpe

Brad Hawpe averaged 25 home runs a season from 2006-09 with the Colorado Rockies. (Associated Press photo)

Kole Calhoun almost made the Angels as a fourth/fifth outfielder out of spring training. He didn’t, was sent back to Triple-A Salt Lake, and suffered a freak injury in the Bees’ first game of the season: Calhoun broke the hamate bone in his right hand swinging a bat in his fourth plate appearance of the game.

Calhoun had surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss at least a month.

On Wednesday, the Angels announced they’ve agreed to terms with veteran major league outfielder Brad Hawpe on a minor-league contract. He’ll report to extended spring training at first, but figures to absorb some of Kalhoun’s innings in Salt Lake soon.

Hawpe, 33, last appeared in the majors with the San Diego Padres in 2011. He was limited to just 62 games that year because of a strained finger and and elbow injury that ultimately required Tommy John surgery in August.

Last year Hawpe batted .260/.382/.382 for Double-A Frisco of the Texas League and played exclusively in right field after shifting in at first base with the Padres.

In his prime, Hawpe averaged 25 home runs and 93 RBIs a season from 2006-09 with the Colorado Rockies.

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What is the Angels’ ‘greatest advantage’ to trading Vernon Wells?

Vernon Wells

Vernon Wells couldn’t be moved easily for a fifth outfielder (Associated Press photo)

 

With six days left before Opening Day, the Angels have 36 players on their 40-man roster. Brad Mills, Bobby Cassevah, Steve Geltz and now Vernon Wells have all left camp one way or another.

That means four players have a way of working their way onto the Angels’ roster, including some who will start the season in the majors. That was by design, general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday.

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