Angels Lackeying Starting Pitchers

Mar 31, 2009

You can add John Lackey to the growing list of disable Angels Starting Pitchers.

Lackey’s elbow has once again proven troublesome.  He got a cortisone shot last week, but will spend some time on the shelf.  Lackey owners shouldn’t be too alarmed.  They say the injury isn’t as bad as last year’s.  He didn’t pitch until mid-May and finished 12-5 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 130 Ks in 163-1/3 Innings.

Also slated to miss the start of the season are Ervin Santana (elbow) and Kelvim Escobar (shoulder).  Santana has been responding well to treatment and could be back in a month or so.  Escobar is also doing well as the team brings him along at a steady pace.  According to the L.A. Times, the Angels want to have Escobar on a 100-pitch count in a couple weeks and in the rotation by the end of April.

With the talented trio out of action, the Angels will lean on Nick Adenhart, Dustin Moseley and Shane Loux.  The Angels face the Red Sox, Yankees, and Twins in April, which means their 2009 season may get off to a bumpy start.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    March 31st, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    This gives the A’s, Rangers, and Mariners a perfect opportunity to take over the division and get a month’s worth of a head start on the Angels — maybe now someone else will win the AL West.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 31st, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    Totally. I still think the Halos will win the division.

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