Joel Pineiro Feeling Better, Adrian Beltre Likes Texas. Halolinks.

Angels spring report: Joel Pineiro feels 'a lot better' after treatment on right shoulder - latimes.com
Pineiro said he felt "a lot better" after undergoing extensive treatment Monday morning. He scored well enough on strength tests that the Angels have not ordered X-rays or an MRI test.

Okay, we can start breathing again.  Losing Pineiro could have been devastating to the Angels' season as I feel their starting pitching is their greatest strength.  With Kazmir not showing any signs of becoming the dominating pitcher he once was, the loss of Pineiro, or any Angels starter, for any length of time could possibly put the club into a hole they might not get out of.

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Fan breakdown: How will Downs' injury affect Angels bullpen? -  Yahoo! Sports
Another pitcher that could benefit from the Downs injury will be the young fire-baller, Jordan Walden. Walden has an explosive fastball and although he only appeared in 16 games last season, the Angels management team is excited to see what he can do under the rigors of an entire season.

 

Walden was impressive in those 16 games last season when he struck out 23 batters, so I don't think he was in any danger of not making the team out of spring training.  The pitcher most likely to take Downs' spot on the active roster is Francisco Rodriguez if the club decides to carry 12 pitchers.  The biggest impact Downs' injury will have on the Halos is which pitcher will be used in what role.  Downs was slated to be Rodney's primary set-up guy. That spot most likely will be filled by Kevin Jepsen.

Beltre: Best chance to win was Texas, not Angels - CBSSports.com
Adrian Beltre played for the Dodgers from 1998 through 2004, still lives in Los Angeles in the offseason and had a chance to go home to play for the Angels as a free agent this winter. He didn't. Instead, he signed with Texas and will spend another summer away from home. Why? According to Beltre, because Texas has more talent than the Angels. "I thought this is the team that gave me the best chance to put a ring on my finger," Beltre told CBSSports.com the other day, wearing his Rangers uniform, sitting inside the Texas clubhouse.

I'm not going to get too worked up over Beltre's comments.  What would you expect him to say, "I don't know who's going to win the A.L. West this season, but I do know the Rangers are going to pay me the most money."  If Beltre had signed with the Angels instead of the Rangers he'd be saying the Angels are the team to beat...and he'd be right.

With Six Strong Innings, Colon Keeps Himself in Mix - NYTimes.com
When evaluating Colon, the Yankees will have to weigh his exceptional spring — in 15 exhibition innings he has a 2.40 earned run average while striking out 17 against only one walk — against his age (37), weight (267 or so pounds) and year-long hiatus. If Colon makes the team, he will receive $900,000.

Holy crap.  Did anyone truly think Bartolo Colon had any chance of making the team?

Ichiro donates 100 million yen to relief efforts in Japan - Big League Stew -  Yahoo! Sports
In usual Ichiro fashion, he hasn't said anything about his impressive support with his checkbook and he likely won't. Helping out his homeland in a time of great need seems to be enough for the right fielder — as it was last month, when he quietly donated 10 million yen to relief efforts following the volcano eruption in the Miyazaki Prefecture.

Classy, classy guy.

Rockslide: Tracking the decline of slugger Garrett Atkins - Big League Stew -  Yahoo! Sports
In his second full season, Atkins became the centerpiece of a very good Rockies offense — much more so than a still-effective Todd Helton(notes) or another upcoming slugger named Matt Holliday(notes). He produced 29 bombs, 48 doubles, 120 RBIs and delivered an OPS of .965.

The Angels missed out on Eric Chavez, could they redeem themselves by taking a chance on Atkins and trying to sign him to a minor league deal?  Is the Angels third base situation so bad that Atkins could be an option?

March 22 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on March 22.
1976 - The California Angels' groundskeeper finds hundreds of marijuana plants growing in the outfield at Anaheim Stadium. The culprits? Most likely rock fans who attended a recent performance at the stadium by The Who.  Yeah, sure.  Blame the hippies.
1993 - Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews are killed, and Bob Ojeda is seriously injured, when the motorboat in which they are riding strikes a pier on Little Lake Nellie in Winter Haven, Florida. Crews and Olin are the first active major leaguers to die since Thurman Munson in 1979.
2002 - 38-year-old Dante Bichette announces his retirement after a poor spring trying to make the Dodgers' roster as a bench player. A four-time All-Star, Bichette was a .299 hitter with 274 home runs and 1,141 RBI in a 14-season career with five teams.
Happy b-day:
1948 - Ralph Dickenson, college coach and brother of Bruce Dickenson
1952 - Eddie Bane, pitcher

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