Sat, 03 May 2014 14:53:04 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B David Freese (finger) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. OF J.B. Shuck was sent down to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Fantasy Tip: Tough break for Freese, who was starting to come around after a slow start. He's really only worth stashing in AL-only leagues.
Thu, 01 May 2014 16:36:30 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Grant Green is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake Friday, May 2, according to a source. Green is expected to see a fair amount of playing time. He was hitting for a slash line of .365/.412/.529 through 25 games in the Pacific Coast League, and he had started each of his last six games in left field. Green could take at-bats away from OFs J.B. Shuck and Raul Ibanez.
Fantasy Tip: Green's positional eligibility makes him very attractive in AL-only leagues if he's receiving semi-regular playing time with the Halos. Green hasn't ever had consistent enough PT to transfer his minor league success to the bigs. He has some pop and speed, but he doesn't walk much, so don't expect much out of his BA.
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 06:38:54 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF J.B. Shuck ended a career-high 0-for-22 drought Tuesday, April 29.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:26:20 -0700
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim placed OF Josh Hamilton (thumb) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 9, and recalled OF J.B. Shuck from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Fantasy Tip: Shuck had 400 at-bats and hit .300 last season in what was a big surprise for the Angels. He makes enough contact and is quick enough to make an impact again, but don't expect such a lofty BA. He'll likely split time with Collin Cowgill in the outfield with Hamilton sidelined.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:09:15 -0700
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (thumb) will have surgery on his left thumb after suffering a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament along with a torn capsule. He'll be out six to eight weeks. The Angels have recalled OF J.B. Shuck to replace Hamilton on the roster.
Fantasy Tip: This is a huge blow to Hamilton owners, but this came with the territory when buying the oft-injured outfielder. This is the type of injury that can wipe out an entire season, since thumb and wrist injuries to hitters can erase much of their power. Dropping Hamilton in shallow mixed leagues wouldn't be crazy if you don't have any more room on roster.
Shuck and Collin Cowgill will likely split time in the outfield with Hamilton out. Shuck, who doesn't have much pop but is an asset because of his speed, should be your first choice in AL-only leagues.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:39:36 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS John McDonald has been added to the active roster for the regular season, meaning two bench spots are left for OFs J.B. Shuck and Collin Cowgill and 3B Ian Stewart and SS Grant Green.
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:29:51 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF J.B. Shuck started out Cactus League spring play with few hits, but he know why. "I wanted to come in and prove that last year wasn't a fluke," Shuck said Saturday, March 15. "I think I just put a little too much pressure on myself." Shuck recently watched a video with new hitting coach Don Baylor and noticed he was "jumpy" at the plate and expanding his strike zone, all indications he was trying too hard.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:21:16 -0800
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are optimistic that OF Josh Hamilton (calf) will be ready for the start of the regular season after straining his left calf Tuesday, Feb. 25. The Angels hope he can resume throwing in the next few days and eventually take soft toss to keep him active. OF J.B. Shuck could take Hamilton's place in left field if he's not ready for opening day, but they are far from considering that.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:22:36 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said OF Josh Hamilton (calf) will miss at least a few weeks because of his strained calf.
Fantasy Tip: Owners should monitor this situation because there is not a definite timetable for his return. There appears to be a chance that this could affect his status for opening day. Owners should knock him down a bit in their rankings because of the uncertainty surrounding the injury. J.B. Shuck could receive more playing time if Hamilton misses an extended period of time, but likely would not be more than a AL-only option for now.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:49:47 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Carlos Pena will compete for a spot to be the backup first baseman to 1B Albert Pujols. OF Brennan Boesch will compete with OFs J.B. Shuck and Collin Cowgill for a reserve outfield spot. Both Pena and Boesch received invites to spring training.