4/28/2014 10:25 P.M. ET
After hectic arrival, Morin awaits debut
By Earl Bloom / Special to MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Right-handed reliever Mike Morin, in just his second full season of pro ball, wanted to get to Yankee Stadium on Sunday after his recall from Triple-A Salt Lake City before anyone changed their mind.
The Gulls were playing in Reno when Morin got the news. He had to fly to Salt Lake and change planes, but that flight was delayed two hours. Heavy traffic in New York delayed him again, and he arrived at the stadium via taxi 45 minutes before game time.
"I was stressed a bit, but I didn't get stressed out," Morin, 22, said on Monday at Angel Stadium.
Morin had time to greet manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher on Sunday, then briefly play catch on the field before the game. He walked to the bullpen with the rest of the relievers before the game, but his debut still awaits.
The way the Angels have had trouble hanging on to late leads, that debut should come quickly.
"I think Mike has really progressed," Scioscia said of the 2012 13th-round Draft choice, who began this season with Double-A Arkansas but was quickly promoted to Salt Lake. "We need guys who can come up and hold leads for us. We think Mike can do that."
Morin served as closer at Arkansas and Salt Lake. The role of Angels closer has passed from Ernesto Frieri to Joe Smith, but except for Smith in most instances before that switch, the seventh and eighth innings have been problematic for the Angels. Last season's workhorse Dane De La Rosa, who was not up to form after a spring injury, returned to the disabled list after one outing during the last homestand.
Ibanez takes quick turnarounds in stride
ANAHEIM -- Even at 41, Raul Ibanez won't complain about the Angels' quick turnaround on Monday night.
After Sunday night's game at Yankee Stadium, the Angels' return flight didn't land until 4 a.m. PT. Manager Mike Scioscia didn't get home until 6. Thirteen hours later, his Angels played the Indians at Angel Stadium.
"You just deal with it," said Ibanez, who started in left field. "When I get in a situation where I'm going to complain about something, I just think about our military and what they go through."
With that perspective, he said, the rigors of a baseball player's travel schedule seem inconsequential.
"You don't like it, but it can't become an issue," he said. "Once the next game starts, it's forgotten."
The Angels did not take batting practice on the field on Monday, and Scioscia allowed his players to report to the park a little later than usual.
"When you win it's a little better," Scioscia said of such turnarounds. The Angels lost another late lead and the game, 3-2, on Sunday.
Illness kept Ibanez out of the lineup on Sunday, but he pinch-hit in the ninth against Yankees closer David Robertson and struck out to end the game.
"I feel much better today," he said. "[Scioscia] said he was saving me for a spot like that in the ninth, but in an emergency I could have played in the outfield or at first."
With eight relievers and five starting pitchers, the Angels only have three position players on the bench.
• Outfielder Josh Hamilton (surgery on left thumb) expects to have the cast removed from his hand by the end of this week and will partake in baseball activities (throwing, swinging) next week.
"He's ahead of the curve, making a lot of progress," Scioscia said.
Hamilton underwent surgery on April 11 to repair a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb. His timetable to return was set at six to eight weeks.
• Outfielder Kole Calhoun (sprained right ankle) played catch before Monday's game. He sustained the injury on April 15 against Oakland, when his ankle rolled over just after he cleared first base while running out a grounder.
"He's out of the boot and walking around, but he's still sore," Scioscia said.
• Ian Stewart started at third base again on Monday, with David Freese serving as the DH.
The Angels have just 12 active position players, and Scioscia said that Stewart -- who is a backup at first, second and left field -- can be moved more easily from third base than from the DH spot.
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.