Albert Pujols

Los Angeles Angels News And Notes: 2/20: Burnett, Pujols, Hunter


As Travis Reitsma said earlier today, and as you can tell by my twitter feed, I will be leaving Halo Hangout at the end of the month to focus exclusively on being the editor over at Yanks Go Yard. I’ve been doing double duty over the past few days and will continue to until March 1. With that being said, here are some news and notes from around Angels camp over the past couple of days.

February 15, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager

Mike Scioscia

(14, left) talks to first baseman

Albert Pujols

(5, right) during spring training at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Burnett’s Back: Sean Burnett injured his back and got an MRI that just reveled stiffness. The interesting thing was how he injured it. He hurt himself picking up his kid. I’ve worked with kids in the past and honestly it’s totally possible to do so. It’s just that when it’s a professional athlete it’s weird. He’ll be fine though. His injury will just be up there with Joel Peralta‘s.

Pujols taking it slow: Albert Pujols won’t be making his Cactus League debut. He had off-season knee surgery and is taking it slow in recovery. There’s no reason to rush this. It’s also fairly certain that he won’t be playing for the Dominican Republic in the WBC.

Clubhouse: There’s no doubt that the clubhouse will be different without Torii Hunter there. He’s one of the unique personalities in the game. The Angels players have talked about already noticing the difference without him. It may be different, however, that won’t be an excuse if the team gets off to a slow start or doesn’t perform to where everyone thinks they will be.