Geoff Blum likely to miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery

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Arizona just announced that utility man Geoff Blum will likely miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery, although Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that an official return timetable won’t be set “until doctors see the extent of the damage.”

Kirk Gibson revealed that it won’t be microfracture surgery, which qualifies as good news. Blum has been sidelined since mid-March.

In one of his first moves as general manager Kevin Towers gave Blum a two-year, $2.7 million deal, which raised eyebrows as a multi-year commitment and surprising amount of money to a 38-year-old career-long utility man who hit .267 with a .678 OPS in 2010 and has topped a .700 OPS once since 2003.

Eric Hinske joins Angels as a hitting coach

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The Angels announced on Monday that Eric Hinske has joined the team to serve as the new hitting coach. Hinske had been the hitting coach for the Cubs since 2014.

Hinske, 40, spent parts of 12 years in the majors, though he never played for the Angels (or the Cubs). He put up a .762 OPS over his career.

Dave Hansen had been the Angels hitting coach since the end of the 2015 season but the Angels decided to part ways with him heading into 2018.