Update 3:43 p.m.
*** Robinson Cano got spiked pretty hard in yesterday’s win by Kole Calhoun on a double play. But that wasn’t the reason he’s DHing today.
“It’s just a chance to get him off his legs a little bit,” McClendon said. “We’ve had 50 games and he’s played 50 game. So any chance we get to DH him, we are going to do that.”
Cano just shrugged off the play at second.
“He slid right onto my (right) ankle, but you know, I’m good,” he said. “When you play this game a lot, you are going get things like that every day. You are going to be sore. That’s mostly not even his fault or my fault. I got a little cut. I’m good.”
Cano isn’t a huge fan of DHing. Why?
“You feel bored,” he said. “The innings over and you have to watch the next inning and they are hitting and then our hitters. You walk around and move and then just sit on the bench and watch the game. If I go out and hit, then it’s like three innings, which is hard. So I have to go in and keep stretching.”
As for the all-star game?
“What do we have another month or more, I don’t really pay attention,” he said. “That’s voting by the fans. And if you don’t get voted in by the fans, you still have the manager. All you have to do is go out there and put up your numbers. If you get picked up, perfect. There’s a lot of guys swinging it pretty good.”
*** James Paxton still has lingering soreness in his triceps. He will meet with Dr. Edward Khalfayan today.
“Just to make sure everything is ok,” McClendon said. “After we get that evaluation, we’ll go from there.”
Paxton had hoped to play catch today, but McClendon said that won’t happen until he meets with Khalfayan first.
*** Taijuan Walker is still scheduled to pitch Wednesday in Tacoma. He will throw 75 pitches.
Here’s my hit with Mitch in the Morning at 8 a.m.
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Brad Miller and Nick Franklin both playing today with Robinson Cano getting an “off” day at designated hitter. With right-hander Jered Weaver on the mound, manager Lloyd McClendon kept the three lefties at the top of the order. Lots of righties for the Angels against Roenis Elias.
MLB had a few news releases today of note.
Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel was named AL pitcher of the week. From the release: Keuchel went 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA, one complete game, one walk and 14 strikeouts in 17.2 innings pitched over a pair of A.L. West starts to claim his first career weekly honor and the first for a Houston hurler since Roy Oswalt won the National League Player of the Week on September 8, 2008. Dallas led the league in innings pitched, was tied for first in wins and complete games and was third in the A.L. in strikeouts. Opposing hitters batted just .153 against the left-hander.
McClendon got Astros fans heated by labeling Keuchel as “average pitcher.” Keuchel shrugged off the comments when asked about them.
Also an update on the all-star balloting numbers were released. Mike Trout leads the AL vote getters with A.L. balloting with 764,007 total votes. At second base, Detroit’s Ian Kinsler (356,244) has a slight lead over five-time All-Star and four-time fan-elected starter Robinson Cano (350,293) of the Mariners and four-time All-Star and two-time fan-elected starter (2008-09) Dustin Pedroia (343,321) of the Boston Red Sox.
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