April 29, 2012
MLB notes: Angels asking about closers
By QMI AGENCY
The Anaheim Angels are asking around for a closer, according to the Boston Globe.
With 2011 rookie of the year Jordan Walden adding fuel to the fire, rather than putting them out with any regularity, the Angels have inquired about the availability of three closers -- Grant Balfour of the Oakland Athletics, Joel Hanrahan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brandon League of the Seattle Mariners. The report suggests Balfour is the logical choice for the Angels to go after in a trade.
Walden, who had 32 saves last season, has given up five hits, four walks and five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, has temporarily lost his closing gig to veteran lefty Scott Downs.
Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko didn't play Sunday against the Boston Red Sox due to stiffness in his neck.
Konerko, who is batting .383 in 21 games this season and hit his 400th career homer last week, probably could have played just the White Sox didn't want to take any chances.
"He's had it the past couple days, but played through it," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It's just more of being cautious so nothing happens."
With Monday being an off day for the White Sox, Konerko will get two days to rest the injury.
Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, an out-of-work free agent, will work out for the Arizona Diamondbacks this week in the Dominican Republic.
The 37-year-old Guerrero, who has 449 career home runs in 16 big-league seasons, has been unable to find a team interested in his services even though he hit .290 with 13 homers and 63 RBIs for the Baltimore Orioles in 2011. Junior Noboa, the Diamondbacks' vice president of Latin operations, suggested GM Kevinb Towers take a look at Guerrero.
"Junior knows him and likes him and says he looks good," Towers said on MLB.com. "Who knows what comes of it. He's out there. Junior knows him well and he's in the Dominican. He said he's in good shape. I'm going to be down there for a workout anyway."
Seattle Mariners reliever George Sherrill will have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Friday in Los Angeles. The 35-year-old appeared in just two games this season ... The Washington Nationals put infielder Mark DeRosa on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. DeRosa was batting just .081 in 13 games. Top prospect Tyler Moore was called up from Triple-A Syracuse to take DeRosa's spot on the roster ... Infielder Brandon Inge has reportedly cleared waivers and signed with the Oakland Athletics. Inge was cut by the Detroit Tigers on Thursday after hitting .100 to start the season ... The New York Yankees have moved righthander Freddy Garcia out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen. David Phelps could slide into the rotation but out-of-retirement lefty Andy Pettitte is another possibility ... San Diego Padres outfielder carlos Quentin could start his minor-league rehab assigment this week. Quentin has been out since having surgery on his right knee in March.