ANAHEIM -- Blake Smith of Santa Ana, Calif., has been selected as the Angels' representative in the "Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired educators who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities.
Smith joined Valley High School in 2009 to work with students who have severe disabilities. At the school, he also founded the Inclusive Club, which encourages students to build meaningful relationships with another. The club's fundraising has paid for school dances, graduation and community-based instruction trips.
He began his career working at a preschool for the blind as a maintenance man before earning a degree in child and adolescent studies. Smith now has a master's degree in special education and is working toward a PhD in education.
Smith and the other 29 winners, one representing each MLB club, will be included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pregame ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on FOX at Target Field in Minneapolis.
You can find the full list of Smith's esteemed colleagues at AllStarTeachers.com.
The All-Star Teachers program has been just one part of an effort by Target, MLB and People to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education this baseball season. MLB legends have attended 14 Target education-focused events in MLB communities throughout this season, and the list has included Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, Vinny Castilla, Ron Cey, Cliff Floyd, Luis Gonzalez, Tim Laudner, Gary Matthews, Tony Oliva, Harold Reynolds, Michael Young, Edgar Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton, Chad Tracy and John Smoltz. Refer to AllStarTeachers.com and ABullsEyeView.com/Baseball to see examples.
Improved Weaver likely to avoid disabled list
ANAHEIM -- A day after leaving his start after two innings with lower back tightness, Angels right-hander Jered Weaver said he felt much better on Tuesday.
Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels still did not know enough to judge whether Weaver would make his next start, which could be Saturday at Texas, but the club does not expect its ace to land on the disabled list.
Scioscia said the Angels could potentially rest Weaver through the All-Star break, giving him more than 10 days off between starts.
"If it comes to that, it comes to that, but right now we don't have to make a decision until we get more information about how he feels," Scioscia said.
Weaver left Monday's win over Toronto while warming up for the third inning. He said he first felt pain when he fielded Adam Lind's comebacker to the mound to make the second out in the second inning. Weaver got Dioner Navarro to fly out to end the frame, but the issue didn't subside during the Angels' at-bat.
Weaver has been solid at the top of the rotation, posting a 9-6 record to go with a 3.50 ERA. Scioscia said the Angels would be patient in getting their ace back.
"Jered's going to have to go out there and throw off a mound to see how he does before we can anticipate where he is," Scioscia said. "I think it's pretty simple, if he's ready to go, there's no doubt we're better with him starting. If we feel we're putting a player at risk, then he won't pitch. It's pretty simple."
Bedrosian rejoins bullpen; Green optioned
ANAHEIM -- The Angels recalled relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian from Double-A Arkansas and optioned infielder Grant Green to make room on the active roster on Tuesday.
Bedrosian is making his return to the big leagues after more than two weeks in the Minors. In five innings with the Travelers, Bedrosian saved three games while allowing one hit and one run.
Bedrosian, 22, was optioned on June 21 after posting a 14.29 ERA in six appearances.
"He was really trying to finesse too much, pitch around contact, and he got into a lot of bad counts," manager Mike Scioscia said.
Green was seldom used since being recalled, appearing in just seven of 17 games, with three starts. He was 1-for-10 with two RBIs.
Scioscia said the Angels needed to add a seventh reliever, and Bedrosian was the choice.
"This is really just a reaction to needing an arm, and Cam had been making some adjustments and getting comfortable again down there," Scioscia said. "Hopefully, when he gets his next look, he'll be a little further along where he can be a little more productive."
• Mike Trout started as the designated hitter on Tuesday instead of his usual center-field position. It was Trout's fourth start of the season as DH and first since June 5, when he was nursing a back injury.
Scioscia said it was "just a recharge day" for Trout. In Trout's place, Josh Hamilton moved to center and Collin Cowgill got the nod in left.
"I think Josh is really comfortable in center field when he gets an opportunity to play it," Scioscia said. "I think we have to keep him connected there at some point to if we want to tap into that if we want to give Mike a day off."
• Scioscia confirmed that Matt Shoemaker would not make Thursday's start at Texas, as was planned before Monday's game.
Shoemaker entered the series opener against the Jays in the third inning after Jered Weaver left with lower back tightness. Shoemaker, on three days' rest, threw 3 2/3 innings and 61 pitches to earn the win.
Scioscia said the Angels were looking at Hector Santiago to start Thursday if he does not have to provide length during Tuesday's game.
• David Freese, who did not start two of the previous three games with a sore shin, was not in the lineup Tuesday. Scioscia said Freese is healthy and he wanted to give him the night off with a day game Wednesday.