Another Setback for Dallas McPherson

Los Angeles Times beat writer Mike DiGiovanna reports that Dallas McPherson will see an orthopedic spine specialist Monday in Dallas, after experiencing more back discomfort.

DiGiovanna quoted Angels GM Bill Stoneman as describing Dallas’ pain as "a big concern," suggesting that further surgery might be required.

Stoneman told the Angels Booster Club on January 8 that McPherson would be auditioned during spring training to lessen the strain on his back.

Now McPherson’s status seems all the more uncertain.

Will the Angels move Brandon Wood to third base to start the 2007 season at Triple-A Salt Lake? That would seem to be the logical consequence. It might also suggest that the Angels are more likely to keep Erick Aybar as the potential future replacement for Orlando Cabrera at shortstop, who will be a free agent after the 2008 season. Maicer Izturis is still in the mix, of course.

Finding the silver lining in the dark cloud, DiGiovanna reported that Casey Kotchman was healthy and strong after his stint in Puerto Rico, so he seems likely to reclaim his first base post in spring training.

I’ll be at Rancho Cucamonga in the morning for their annual youth baseball clinic. Expect a report in the next FutureAngels.com Radio podcast.

This article is copyright © 2007 Wordsmith Resources and FutureAngels.com. It may not be used elsewhere without the prior expressed written permission of the author.

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