April 2008

This ‘N That

I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs that I have another project which eats up my time (political activism), so it’s very hard for me to do much with baseball but I’m trying to keep up.

The big news is that Chris Pettit broke his right foot chasing a fly ball in Thursday night’s Travs home opener. According to press reports, he’ll be examined here in SoCal to determine if he requires surgery. If they operate, he’s out for the season, although the articles suggest he could be back within two months if they don’t cut. Pettit was the Angels’ 2007 minor league player of the year, so chalk up another one for the mythical Angels Curse.

Injuries to key players usually trigger a domino effect in the organization, and this was no exception. Jordan Renz was promoted from Rancho Cucamonga to Arkansas to replace Pettit. Anthony Norman moved up from Cedar Rapids to Rancho; a year ago, he was in extended spring training after signing as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA. Donato Giovanatto reports to C.R. from extended.

I’ll be working today’s Quakes game at Lake Elsinore. This is the eighth season since the Angels left L.E. for Rancho, but The Diamond still feels like home. FutureAngels.com’s roots are in that ballpark, because that’s where the front office staff opened the door for me to help out with photography and web site design. If you’re willing to volunteer your time and resources, and your intents are sincere, minor league baseball will gladly bring you into the extended family.

Tommy Mendoza is the scheduled starter. MiLB.com’s box score had Tommy listed as pitching in relief Friday night, but it turns out that it was actually Bobby Cassevah. The Storm official scorer wasn’t notified of a uniform change.

Buried in an article by long-time beat writer Jeff Johnson on today’s Cedar Rapids Gazette web site is this statement: “Catcher Hank Conger has a partial tear in his right labrum and is rehabbing the injury. There’s talk he could report to Cedar Rapids once he is fit to play.” I really doubt the Angels would send him back to C.R. He was scheduled for Rancho and that would seem to be the natural fit as the Angels’ team doctors would be nearby to monitor his recovery.

Coming up … I’ll be in Salt Lake City April 11-14 for their opening homestand against Portland, a Padres affiliate. If the rotation holds, I should see Nick Green pitch on April 13 and Nick Adenhart on April 14, which means video on FutureAngels.com shortly thereafter.

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Quakes-Storm Series

Per the Quakes’ radiocast Tuesday night, their rotation for the four-game opening series at Lake Elsinore is:

  • Thursday — Sean O’Sullivan
  • Friday — David Herndon
  • Saturday — Trevor Bell
  • Sunday — Tommy Mendoza

I’ll be doing photos and video at the Sunday game.

According to MLB.com, Padres CF Jim Edmonds will play on rehab with the Storm in the Thursday and Friday games.

Chris Bootcheck was supposed to pitch at minor league camp today, according to media reports, with a possible rehab assignment afterwards. I’ll post any updates on his status.

Elsewhere, I received an e-mail from Jeff DaVanon’s mom. Jeff was recently released by the Padres. She wrote that he’s been signed by the White Sox and assigned to their Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina. I wish him nothing but the best, he’s a class act.

Rehab Updates

Multiple media reports have Scot Shields pitching on rehab with Salt Lake at Las Vegas on Thursday.  He’s eligible to come off the DL on Sunday.

So is Chris Bootcheck, who will reportedly pitch in a game at extended spring training camp today, but what happens after that is unclear.

Speaking of extended spring training, the extended spring training roster is on the FutureAngels.com home page. FutureAngels.com functions as the unofficial web site for all activities at the Angels’ minor league complex — minor league spring training, extended, the summer Arizona League and fall instructional league. It’s the only place on the Internet where you’ll find rosters and schedules.