Jered Weaver could return to Angels rotation next week

Angels Opening Week
Battling a neck problem that plagued him in spring training, Jered Weaver will throw four innings in a simulated game on Tuesday, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

Should the pitcher that started the last six Opening Day games for the Angels emerge healthy, he could join the Angels rotation on Sunday in the finale of a four-game series against Texas.

“We definitely want to see how he feels, just how he’s locating his pitches,” Scioscia said. “He felt great last workout so we don’t anticipate any setbacks. We’ll just see how he comes out of it and how he falls into our rotation.”

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Can Eppler and Scioscia get along?

Strong story today from Elliott Teaford on the relationship between Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Billy Eppler.
Eppler said he isn’t as interested in the day-to-day micromanagement of baseball decisions as he is being on top of contingencies farther down the road.
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Angels bring back Ron Roenicke as their third-base coach

Ron Roenicke/Photo courtesy of Associated Press



Ron Roenicke is returning to the Angels after five years away.

Roenicke, a 1974 graduate of Edgewood High School in West Covina, on Wednesday was hired as third-base coach, taking over for Gary DiSarcina. DiSarcina will move over to coach first while previous first-base coach Alfredo Griffin becomes infield coach.

The moves were announced by general manager Billy Eppler.

Roenicke previously was third-base coach (2000-05) and then bench coach (2006-10) for the Angels before accepting the managerial job with the Milwaukee Brewers. Roenicke led the Brewers to the NL Central Division title in his first season at the helm in 2011.

The Brewers went 83-79, 74-88 and 82-80 the next three seasons. Roenicke was then fired after Milwaukee started the 2015 season with a 7-18 record.

Roenicke caught on with the Dodgers, coaching third for them from Aug. 17 through the rest of the season.

The hiring of Roenicke, 59, reunites him with Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

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Owner Arte Moreno suggested Billy Eppler have a glass of wine

Mike Scioscia, left, and new general manager Billy Eppler at Monday’s news conference announcing the hiring of Eppler as general manager/Photo by Nick Ut, Associated Press


Owner Arte Moreno on Monday was helping play host to the news conference formally announcing the hiring of Billy Eppler as the team’s 12th general manager. Moreno was talking about the process and mentioned a moment when he, Eppler and other Angels executives were having dinner recently to discuss the job.

“He (Eppler) was a little nervous and he said, ‘I’ll just drink water.’ ” I said, ‘You better have a glass of wine,’ ” Moreno said, drawing lots of laughs from reporters and family members of Eppler.


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