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Top Angels News

  • Angels' Miguel Sano: Significantly slimmer this spring

    Sano said Sunday that he's lost 58 pounds in an effort to stay healthy, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    Sano had some visa issues that delayed his arrival at camp, but he reported Sunday and turned heads with his weight loss. The veteran is trying to get his career back on track after not catching on with any team last season and playing in just 20 big-league games in 2022. The Angels signed Sano to a minor-league deal in January with the hope that he can return to the level of production that led to 30-plus homers in both 2019 and 2021 while he was with the Twins.

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  • Angels' Evan White: Cleared to resume activities

    White has been cleared to resume limited activities Monday after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired left hip Saturday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    White -- who hasn't appeared in a major-league game since 2021 -- had surgery on the hip last May. The first baseman was acquired from Atlanta via trade earlier this offseason and is in camp as a non-roster invitee.

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  • Angels' Jose Quijada: Throwing from 120 feet

    Quijada (elbow) plans to play catch from 120 feet Monday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Quijada continues to take incremental steps forward in his recovery from Tommy John surgery May 17, but the left-hander is opening the season on the 60-day injured list and is unlikely to be ready to make his 2024 debut until the summer.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Advancing through throwing program

    Bachman (shoulder) is expected to play catch from 75-to-90 feet Monday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Bachman is gradually increasing his throwing distance off flat ground as he makes his way back from the right shoulder surgery he underwent Sept. 28. The 24-year-old is expected to miss at least the first month of the 2024 season and could be optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake once he's reinstated from the injured list.

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  • Angels' Adam Cimber: Overcomes tight hamstring

    Cimber has been cleared for regular activity after coming down with left hamstring tightness last Thursday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Cimber was down for a couple days but threw a live batting practice session Sunday without issue, and it sounds like his next time facing batters will be in a Cactus League game. The righty inked a one-year deal with the Angels back in December and is in line for middle-relief duty in 2024.

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  • Angels' Zach Plesac: Sporting reworked arsenal

    Plesac spent time at Driveline in the offseason and has replaced his four-seam fastball with a two-seamer while transforming his slider into "more of a sweeper," Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Plesac is trying to get his once-promising career back on track following an awful 2023 campaign during which he posted a 7.59 ERA and 1.97 WHIP over five big-league starts and a 6.08 ERA and 1.49 WHIP over 94.2 frames at Triple-A. The Angels signed the right-hander to a one-year contract in late December with the hope that he can regain the form that helped him record a much more useful 3.32 ERA and 1.09 WHIP across 2019 and 2020 over his first 29 major-league starts. Plesac could insert himself into the conversation for a spot at the back of the team's rotation with a strong spring, though with Los Angeles moving back to a five-man starting staff and multiple arms vying for one of those spots, Plesac is more likely to begin the regular season in the bullpen or at Triple-A.

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  • Angels' Jose Cisnero: Reports for camp

    Cisnero (visa issues) arrived to the Angels' camp Sunday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    The veteran reliever was absent for the start of spring training due to visa issues, but he didn't end up missing much time. Cisnero had a 5.31 ERA in 63 outings for the Tigers last season and should fill a middle-relief role with the Angels after signing a one-year, $1.75 million deal in early February.

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  • Angels' Michael Stefanic: Exits with quad strain

    Stefanic left Saturday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers early due to a left quad strain, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    The severity of Stefanic's injury is unknown, but the Angels will likely have more information following Saturday's contest. Stefanic slashed .290/.380/.355 across 71 plate appearances last season with Los Angeles and found consistent success in Triple-A as well, but his chances at making the big-league roster out of camp may take a significant hit if he's forced to miss a large portion of spring training.

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  • Angels' Luis Rengifo: Dealing with hamstring issue

    Rengifo is expected to miss time due to left hamstring tightness, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    Sam Blum of The Athletic reports that Rengifo will be off his feet for the next few days, but manager Ron Washington believes the infielder will be ready for Opening Day. Rengifo's 2023 season was cut short after he sustained a torn biceps in early September. Across 126 games last year, he slashed .264/.339/.444 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI.

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  • Angels' Zach Neto: Slated to bat ninth

    Angels manager Ron Washington said Thursday that Neto will bat ninth this season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    Neto will have an opportunity to hit his way to a higher spot in the batting order over time, but for now he'll be stuck at the bottom. The 23-year-old shortstop slashed .225/.308/.377 with nine home runs and five stolen bases over 329 plate appearances during his rookie campaign in 2023.

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  • Angels' Anthony Rendon: Projected to hit cleanup

    Angels manager Ron Washington said Thursday that Rendon (lower leg) will be the team's cleanup hitter this season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    That's for days he's not on the injured list, of course. Rendon has played just 200 of a possible 546 games in four seasons with the Angels due to a variety of injuries but doesn't appear to be under any restrictions this spring. It's possible the Angels elect to use him often at designated hitter in 2024 in hopes that it will help keep him on the field.

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  • Angels' Mike Trout: In line to bat third

    Angels manager Ron Washington said Thursday that Trout will bat third this season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    Trout has traditionally hit either second or third and spent most of his time in the two-hole last season. However, that spot will be occupied by Nolan Schanuel to open 2024, with Trout providing protection. Anthony Rendon is expected to follow Trout in the cleanup spot.

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  • Angels' Nolan Schanuel: Expected to bat second

    Angels manager Ron Washington said Thursday that he sees Schanuel as the team's No. 2 hitter, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    The left-handed hitting Schanuel slashed just .217/.379/.261 against lefties during his 29-game stint last season, but it sounds like the plan is to bat him second regardless of who the opposition is starting. He will be preceded in the lineup by either Mickey Moniak or Luis Rengifo at leadoff and followed by Mike Trout in the three hole and Anthony Rendon at cleanup.

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  • Angels' Mickey Moniak: Could hit leadoff

    Angels manager Ron Washington said Thursday that he envisions Moniak and Luis Rengifo as candidates to bat leadoff, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    Given the splits between the two players, it would make sense that Moniak hits leadoff against right-handers and Rengifo bats leadoff versus lefties. Moniak -- who is likely to sit against southpaws in favor of Aaron Hicks -- slashed .294/.322/.544 versus right-handed pitching in 2023.

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  • Angels' Luis Rengifo: Candidate to bat leadoff

    Angels manager Ron Washington said Thursday that Rengifo and Mickey Moniak are candidates to bat leadoff, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    The switch-hitting Rengifo is much better against left-handed pitching, so it might make sense to put him at the top of the order versus southpaws while Moniak bats leadoff against right-handers. Whichever of the two are in the leadoff spot will be followed by Nolan Schanuel, Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon. Rengifo might not have a set position for the Halos, but he should get lots of his starts at third base while Rendon serves as the designated hitter.

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  • Angels' Luis Rengifo: Deems himself fully healthy

    Rengifo said Sunday that he is fully healthy after tearing his left biceps tendon last September, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    Rengifo underwent surgery in mid-September last year following the biceps injury, and he was able to resume baseball activities in January. That allowed him to have a normal offseason in terms of training, and he said Sunday that he feels "really good." Rengifo is likely to fill a utility role for the Angels this year, but he should have an opportunity to play on a near-everyday basis as he looks to build upon his strong second half last season. Between the All-Star break and the biceps injury, Rengifo slashed .318/.374/.587 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI over 50 contests.

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Injuries

Player Injury
L. Rengifo 2B Luis Rengifo 2B Hamstring
S. Bachman RP Sam Bachman RP Shoulder
K. Paris SS Kyren Paris SS Thumb
J. Quijada RP Jose Quijada RP Elbow
M. Stefanic 2B Michael Stefanic 2B Quadriceps

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