Monday, May 24, 2010
The Wheels Grind For A Brandon Wood DL Trip, Other Roster Notes
- During the radio broadcast today, the official line from the Angels is that Brandon Wood is having a hip flexor problem. Whether it's real or not is another story, but a nice, hard-to-see soft tissue injury would provide a convenient excuse to ship a player out of options down to the minors on at least a temporary basis. (Now in the Times.)
He was kept off the field for batting practice Sunday. Trying too hard? Or is Scioscia so sick of his flailing that he's getting him out of his sight?
- The Rev forwards a pregame announcement that Hideki Matsui will henceforth be benched against lefties "until he gets his timing and mechanics into a better rhythm." Bitching about not re-signing Vlad notwithstanding, it's overdue.
Update 5/25: Apparently he will bat seventh. Still, not good. As the Rev points out, the Angels are paying $6M for a part-time, platoon DH.
- Jeff Mathis has returned to baseball activities, though he still has no timetable for a return to the 25-man roster.
- Also, from the LAT link about Wood above: it appears Maicer Izturis is near to returning to the 25-man, and could be activated as early as Tuesday or Wednesday.