Health is Main Concern for Angels Heading into 2017

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Updated: March 3, 2017

The Angels 2016 season was crushed by injuries, and obviously a main concern for the organization heading into the 2017 season is health. Starters Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs are returning at the top of the rotation. Albert Pujols wants to be ready for Opening Day.

That’s three huge additions to the Halos roster. The team had Pujols last season, but he underwent surgery over the off-season and hopes play starting in April. Starter Matt Shoemaker and reliever Huston Street missed some time last season as well.

Every team is hit by injuries, but the “injury bug” was out to get the Halos last season. It derailed what could have been a successful season for the Angels. Starters Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano won’t be back this season, but the rest of injured players from last season will return.

Some experts believe the Angels could be a sleeper team in the American League West. The organization has made many improvements over the off-season, but a healthy ball club will be the determining factor. The Halos need Richards and Skaggs to lead the rotation.

Pujols needs to return healthy from his surgery, and be the slugger the Angels are paying him to be. Shoemaker and Street need to rebound and prove they can be assets to the organization. Of course the Angels will have injuries throughout the season, but limiting them is the key.

If the Halos want to be competitive in 2017 they need to do two things. Limit the amount of injuries because it destroyed their team last season. Secondly they need their injured players from 2016 to rebound and help the team.

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