Saturday, March 05, 2005

McPherson and J. Molina Sidelined, Cabrera Makes Halo Debut

While none seem serious, Angel players seem to be plagued with a variety of injuries in the first week of Spring Training games. Uber-prospect and assumed starting third baseman Dallas McPherson is experiencing "tightness" in his back that has caused him to miss two straight games. McPherson said he expects to be back in the starting line-up on Monday. Manager Mike Scioscia, reflecting on the slugging youngster's 2003 minor league season that was shortened by a ruptured disc in his back said "Anytime you have a guy who has had a history with [an injury] you are concerned, it's not anywhere to what it was a couple of years ago, but we're holding him out of baseball activities for a couple of days." Ugh. Remain cautiously optimistic about McPherson ability to recover and move-on from this setback. But thank your lucky stars the Angels still have Robb Quinlan available.

Shortstop Orlando Cabrera, the second-half of the Angels brand-spanking-new left side of the infield has also been slowed this spring. Cabrera's right-upper arm has been sore, a condition the shortstop says bothers him every spring. But after missing the first two games of the spring Cabrera started the game on Saturday and came through with a 3-run double.

Second-string catcher Jose Molina strained his oblique muscle and was held out of his second game in a row Saturday. Like McPherson, the club expects Molina to miss a short amount of time before returning to action in spring games.

Of course if it comes down to injuries happening now or in June, we'll gladly take them now. So far everything sounds like pretty much standard-fare for Spring Training with guys working out the kinks as they prepare for the grind of 9-inning games four or five days a week for the next six months.

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