Angels’ Loss, Quakes’ Gain

Garret Anderson on a rehab assignment with Rancho Cucamonga in June 2004.

One nice thing about being 45 miles up the road from the parent club is that you get most of the rehab projects.

The Quakes already benefitted this year from two rehab starts apiece by Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver. Rancho Cucamonga won all four games. The Quakes are currently 16-13, a half-game out of first place in the California League’s South Division. Without Colon and Weaver … who knows.

Rancho’s offense is the worst in the league, with a .227 batting average and only 104 runs scored in 29 games. That’s 3.6 runs a game. They’ve made up for it by running the bases, leading the league with 48 bags. Rancho has only 12 homers, which is 9th in the league. Who’s worse? San Jose, but don’t grieve — they’re 20-9, and in first place in the North Division.

As you might suspect, Rancho and San Jose are the league’s best pitching staffs. The Quakes’ team ERA is 3.13, and San Jose’s is 3.26. Factor out Colon and Weaver, and the Quakes team ERA is 3.28, which is still pretty good.

The Cal League plays a split-season schedule, two halves of 70 games each. The first half ends on June 16.

Just as the Quakes hit the home stretch for the first half, they should see some offensive help arrive — but it won’t be from Cedar Rapids.

The Angels’ Garret Anderson went on the disabled list yesterday with a torn right hip flexor tendon. According to various media reports, he’ll be out four to six weeks. Assuming he’ll need a few rehab swings, that should put him in Rancho in early June.

Howie Kendrick, suffering from a broken left hand, might be about ready for a rehab around the same time. And Juan Rivera, who suffered a broken leg playing winter ball in Venezuela, could be ready for rehab around that time too.

Angels broadcaster Rex Hudler likes to quote former teammate Chili Davis who is alleged to have said, "If you’re not cheatin’, you’re not tryin’." For the Quakes, winning a post-season slot using rehabbing major leaguers might not be fair, but I doubt anyone in Rancho will complain.


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