April 1st, 2009
by bigabaseball

With  All Star Ervin Santana and Kelvim Escobar expected to miss all of April, as well as their Ace John Lackey who is expected to miss most of April, the Angels have some questions regarding their rotation. Joe Saunders is expected to be named the Opening Day Starter, and Weaver is slated for the #2 spot. Behind those two guys, the Angels have some question marks. Nick Adenhart, Shane Loux, and Dustin Moseley are all expected to make the starting rotation, but it was expected that those 3 guys would be battling for the #5 spot in the rotation until Escobar makes his comeback from a torn shoulder. Dustin Moseley has been a spot starter for the Angels the past 3 season and features a record of 7-7 with a 5.52 ERA, and featured a 6.79 ERA last season. The Angels are hoping that the highly touted Nick Adenhart can have a bounce back year after a dissapointing 2008 season. Nick Adenhart made 3 starts with the big league squad in which he was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA and 13 walk in 12 innings pitched. Adenhart had a 9-13 record with a 5.76 ERA last season with the Angels Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees. Shane Loux, who had his first major league work since 2003, was used in relief work last season. Shane was an impressive 12-6 with the Salt Lake Bees last season and had a 3.96 ERA in 22 starts. Loux was called up to the majors for the first time since 2003 and was used as a middle reliever, and carried a 2.81 ERA while throwing 16 innings with the Angels. Ervin Santana made his first career All Star appearance and finished 6th in AL Cy Young voting last season, after coming off an awful 2007 season in which he was demoted to the Bees in August. Kelvim Escobar missed all of the 2008 season with a shoulder injury was 18-7 in 2007 with a 3.40 ERA and was  an AL Cy Young award canidate.

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