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Matt Showmaker Open To Wearing Protective Headgear

Oct 6, 2016 4:55 PM

Matt Shoemaker, who was struck in the head by a line drive last month, says he's open to wearing protective headgear in the future.

Shoemaker was hit on the right side of his head by a line drive from Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners on Sept. 4.

The right-hander sustained a small skull fracture and hematoma. He was released from the hospital two days after undergoing surgery to stop additional bleeding in his skull.

"I remember throwing the pitch, but I think it happened so quick, I didn't see it," Shoemaker told Good Morning America. "There was an artery right under where I got hit so it, you know, damaged the artery [and] caused the bleed.

"It was one of those things where it's like you had 25 thoughts in a second. It was like, man, I just got hit. Wow, I'm -- I feel dizzy. Am I OK? OK. Can I keep pitching? Like, you -- you name it, like, different random thoughts just popped in your head."

When he does get clearance to play, Shoemaker said he plans to try out specialized helmets that guard against head injuries for pitchers.

"I am 100 percent trying all these options in the offseason, you know, to see, you know, comfort, fit, all that stuff," he said. "If it feels and works like a baseball hat, I'd be definitely willing to wear it."


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Mike Scioscia: Angels Aren't 'Far Off'

Oct 4, 2016 7:43 AM

Mike Scioscia doesn't think the Los Angeles Angels, who finished the season 74-88, are that far away from contending once again.

"I don't think we’re that far off," Scioscia said. "I know that we're all going to work very hard this winter not only to put together a team but get it ready and play well in the spring and have some different conversations this time next year."

The 88-loss season was the worst in Scioscia's 17 seasons as manager.

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Angels Won't Recall Tim Lincecum

Sep 7, 2016 5:50 PM

The Los Angeles Angels have no plans to recall Tim Lincecum back to the Major Leagues this season.

After undergoing hip surgery this past offseason, Lincecum held a heavily-covered workout and ultimately joined the Angels for a pro-rated portion of a $2.5 million salary.

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Matt Showmaker Has Surgery To Stop Bleeding In Skull

Sep 6, 2016 7:41 AM

Matt Shoemaker had surgery Sunday night to stop additional bleeding in his skull after getting hit in the head by a line drive.

Shoemaker was diagnosed with a small skull fracture and a hematoma Sunday after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kyle Seager in a game between the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels.

"The fact of the matter is he was conscious, and at least all his reactions were what they were supposed to be on the assessment. I think we could exhale a little bit," Mike Scioscia said. "Just to get him up and walking off the field let you feel a little bit better about what could have been happening. It's tough."

Billy Eppler told reporters that Shoemaker is expected to return to Southern California later this week.

Seager's liner had an exit velocity of 105 mph, according to MLB Statcast.


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Mike Trout Uninjured In Postgame Highway Crash

Sep 1, 2016 7:39 AM

Mike Trout was involved in a serious highway crash Wednesday night in Orange County in which he was uninjured after a home game in Anaheim.

Two people were sent to hospitals as a result of two related incidents on the 55 freeway in Tustin, according to emergency personnel officials.

Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed Trout's involvement in the crash and said in a statement that he had spoken to the 2014 American League MVP and that "he feels fine."

One person was removed from a car using the Jaws of Life, the Orange County Register reported.


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Royals Acquire Daniel Nava From Angels

Aug 30, 2016 7:34 AM

The Kansas City Royals have acquired Daniel Nava from the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash.

The Angels will send Nava to Triple-A Omaha.

At the Major League level this season, Nava hit .235/.309/.303 over 136 plate appearances.

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Mike Trout Hits Milestone With Fifth 100-Run Season

Aug 30, 2016 7:25 AM

Mike Trout scored a pair of runs on Monday night to become just the second player in Major League history to score 100 runs five times before his age-25 season.

Alex Rodriguez was the first, and previously only, player to accomplish the feat.

The Los Angeles Angels have struggled this season, but Trout is hitting .316/.434/.556 with 25 home runs, 84 RBI, 21 stolen bases and now 100 runs scored.

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Jered Weaver Hasn't Said Whether Or Not He'll Retire

Aug 23, 2016 6:31 AM

Jered Weaver's contract with the Los Angeles Angels expires at the end of the season, but he hasn't revealed his plans going forward.

"There's still a lot of season left," Weaver said. "When the time comes to answer those questions, I will."

Weaver, 33, is 8-11 with a career-high 5.47 ERA. Opponents have a .902 on-base-plus-slugging percentage against him, the highest against any Major League starter.

Billy Eppler said he would have conversations with Weaver "when the time is appropriate" but said the Angels would give Weaver the ball every fifth day for the rest of the season.

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Angels Pro Scouting Director Hal Morris Leaving Organization

Aug 19, 2016 10:24 AM

Los Angeles Angels pro scouting director Hal Morris is leaving the organization.

A Major League veteran, Morris held the position since 2011. He was hired by former general manager Jerry Dipoto.

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Angels Renew Stadium Talks With Anaheim

Aug 12, 2016 6:35 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have renewed talks with the city of Anaheim about an Angel Stadium renovation and lease extension after the club was unable to land a new ballpark in Tustin.

The developer of the proposed Tustin site said his firm worked extensively in recent months on a ballpark project, but could not structure a deal that made economic sense for all three sides.

“My guess is, they are going to stay in Anaheim," said Dene Oliver, chief executive officer of Oliver McMillan.

The Angels' current lease extends through 2029, although the team can opt out no later than 2019. Angel Stadium opened in 1966, and the only older major league ballparks still in use are Boston's Fenway Park (1912), Chicago's Wrigley Field (1914) and Dodger Stadium (1962).

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