03/17/12 8:06 PM ET
Iannetta resting after taking foul tip off elbow
By Joey Nowak / MLB.com
Iannetta was taken out of the game in the second inning when Cleveland first baseman Russ Canzler fouled a ball off the catcher's throwing arm. He was not taken for X-rays but was wearing a sleeve over his arm on Saturday morning.
"I think it's just a bruise," Iannetta said Saturday. "It swelled up a little bit. Just wait for the swelling and inflammation to go down and we'll be OK."
Alberto Rosario caught and batted ninth in the Angels' lineup on Saturday against the Brewers. Iannetta said he did not know how long he'd be out but that he would be taking the day off on Saturday.
"His elbow's very sore, just from bruising," manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday. "Nothing seems like it's impacted, as far as any kind of fracture or anything. It feels better today than it did yesterday, but not good enough to play. It's gonna be three, four, five days, who knows, before he's back. It's gonna take a while to let this calm down."
Iannetta, batting .222 with a home run and four RBIs this spring, was acquired during the offseason for right-hander Tyler Chatwood in a trade with the Rockies. The 28-year-old, who had spent his entire six-year career with Colorado, is expected to be the Angels' primary backstop for the year.
With no distractions, Weaver focused on game
TEMPE, Ariz. -- You could say Jered Weaver signed his long-term deal with the Angels before it was the cool thing to do.
The right-hander, one of the club's centerpieces over the last few years and moving forward, signed a five-year contract extension late last season, long before the club went out and signed top free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. Weaver said it has allowed him to focus solely on baseball, rather than business.
"It's looking pretty good," Weaver said Saturday, after limiting the defending National League Central champion Brewers to just one run and two hits in four innings of an 8-1 Angels win. "I'm excited I did get that deal done with all the new stuff that happened this offseason. It's nice to be pleasantly surprised. I've paid attention in past offseasons, about who we were supposed to get -- the Crawfords, the Teixeiras and guys like that -- and this offseason I didn't pay any attention to it at all, so maybe that was good luck on my part."
If anyone's needed luck on their side recently, it's hitters who step into the box against the 29-year-old. Weaver finished second in the American League Cy Young Award voting last season, and has been named an AL All-Star in each of the last two seasons.
Weaver said Saturday he's still focused on his fastball command at this point in the spring, and expects the rest of his offspeed repertoire to follow suit.
"It's coming along," Weaver said of his full complement of pitches. "The slider's good at times. It's not where I'd like it to be, 100 percent. It's probably about 80 percent right now. I throw some good ones, and then there's times where I get a little quick and it's not as good, so stuff's a little up right now, but it felt good those last two innings."
The California native has had double-digit win totals in each of his six big league seasons and, without anything but the game to focus on in 2012, he feels poised for more success down the road in Southern California.
"It's nice knowing I'm gonna be here at least the next five years," Weaver said. "I'm glad I got that out of the way early and didn't have to worry about that in the offseason and leading into the spring. It's nice to get it out of the way. I'm not a business guy, I hate that part of the game. So it's nice to just go out there and play baseball."
Trout, Morales taking cuts in Minors games
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels outfielder Mike Trout was scheduled to join teammate Kendrys Morales to get a few at-bats in Minor League games on Saturday at the Angels' complex in Tempe, manager Mike Scioscia said.
Morales, who has not played since midway through the 2010 season due to a recovery from a fractured left leg, took five at-bats on Friday, going 2-for-5. Trout, the No. 3 overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com's 2012 Prospect Watch, is coming back from a virus and shoulder troubles that have slowed him down this spring.
"It really is getting his legs in shape," Scioscia said of Trout's recovery. "He was really weakened by that virus, and he's getting his weight back now and getting stronger. By the time he starts throwing and gets the strength back in his legs, we might be talking a week or so."
Both players were expected to take four or five at-bats, and Trout will run the bases. Neither player will play defense.
"I don't think we're talking too long with Mike where he can come up here, but it'll be at least a couple days' worth," Scioscia said. "If he needs more, he needs more. He just needs to get into that feel of the batter's box and on that baseball field. He's behind just because of that issue -- well, a couple issues now, with the shoulder."
Trout, 20, appeared in 40 games for the Angels last season, batting .220 with five homers and 16 RBIs. He hit .326 with 82 runs and a .958 OPS in 91 Minor League games.
Morales was injured May 29, 2010, when he landed awkwardly on home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam. He broke out in 2009 with a .306 batting average, 108 RBIs and 34 homers for the Halos.
"I think it gives a lot more dimensions to our lineup, a lot more depth, balance," Scioscia said about the prospect of having Morales back playing. "There's things we sorely missed last year with having Kendrys out, and hopefully things we'll be able to take a look at this year. There's an importance to having him back in the lineup that we're looking forward to."
Scioscia said Morales is considered day to day at this point, and will likely need a recovery day on Sunday after working out two days in a row. If his agility and burst out of the batter's box seem fine this weekend, the Angels expect to have him taking at-bats against Major League pitchers shortly.
"He had a very good day yesterday, as far as how he feels, and if that continues, then we're gonna be seeing him get some Major League at-bats very shortly," Scioscia said. "When that is, we'll see."
Manager Mike Scioscia said right-hander Ervin Santana, who left the game Wednesday after being struck in the right shoulder by a line drive, will throw a bullpen session on Saturday and may not have to miss a scheduled start.
"We'll see where he is," Scioscia said. "He feels great, and if he takes his bullpen today, he'll start on Monday, if he feels good coming out of it. If he doesn't, we'll obviously have the opportunity to push him back a couple days." Scioscia on how he expects Los Angeles fans to embrace newly acquired slugger Albert Pujols: "He's gonna be Albert Pujols. As far as the fans putting their arms around a superstar that comes to Los Angeles, I think L.A. fans are very embracing. I think they're knowledgeable, and I would say a bit forgiving. I think the excitement of having a guy like Albert Pujols in his prime coming to Los Angeles and playing for what we expect to be a contending team has to be matched with production on the field. We've had high-profile guys come to Los Angeles ... the fans are going to embrace these players, but still, like any other city, it has to translate onto the field and be very tangible for fans to continue to be excited about what happens with your team and that sort of player. And, with Albert, he doesn't have to be Superman, but he needs to play at a level to help us to win, and that's what he's focused on."