Despite losing Jon Garland and Frankie Rodriguez to free agency this past off season, pitching still remained an Angel strength coming into the 2009 season.
As the start of the season fast approaches, holes in the starting staff are reaching epoch proportions.
First, it became clear that Kelvim Escobar is not yet fully recovered from last year’s surgery, and will not be ready at the start of the season. Then, we learned of Ervin Santana’s arm problems and his status remains totally unclear. Now ace John Lackey has been shut down, and will not be available to start the season. That’s 60% of the starting staff on the shelf! It is now clear that the Angels’ rotation in in worse shape than the Dodgers’, with only a few days left before opening day.
On another, slightly related note, I stumbled upon a very interesting article today, Rouen Huskies Sign Former LA Angels Pitching Prospect, detailing how former Angel minor leaguer Travis Stanton has signed to pitch for the Rouen Huskies of the French Baseball League. I find this fascinating not becasue of Travis Stanton, but becasue of the fact that there is a baseball league in FRANCE!