OUTCliff Pennington 2B/SS/3B LAA 14 minutes ago

Pennington (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A hamstring injury landed Pennington on the DL earlier in May, but he was able to return after the minimum 15 days with his activation Saturday. He won't immediately rejoin the lineup, however, as the Angels will give Gregorio Petit the nod at shortstop against Dallas Keuchel.

OUTCliff Pennington 2B/SS/3B LAA 18 hours ago

Pennington (hamstring) will be activated from the DL on Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He showed the Angels enough in just two rehab games with High-A Inland Empire to convince them he's ready to return to the major leagues. Brendan Ryan was designated for assignment in anticipation of Pennington's return. Pennington is hitting just .217/.294/.370 this season, and with Gregorio Petit faring well of late, the 31-year-old may be relegated to a utility role upon activation.

OUTCliff Pennington 2B/SS/3B LAA 3 days ago

Pennington (hamstring) will begin his rehab assignment Wednesday at High-A Inland Empire.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The utility infielder has been on the shelf since May 13 due to a hamstring issue, but he has progressed quickly since landing on the DL and is nearing a return. He's expected to be activated off the DL on Saturday, so he'll play at least one game at High-A before being returning to the Angels. Gregorio Petit and Johnny Giavotella have both been on tears of late, so Pennington could potentially be relegated to a bench role once he rejoins the big league club.

OUTCliff Pennington 2B/SS/3B LAA 6 days ago

Pennington (hamstring) is expected to be activated by Saturday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pennington was placed on the 15-day disabled list in mid-May with a hamstring injury. Saturday is the first day he is eligible to be activated, until then look for Brendan Ryan and Gregorio Petit to start at shortstop.

OUTCliff Pennington 2B/SS/3B LAA 2 weeks ago

Pennington (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pennington had an early exit from Thursday's loss to the Cardinals due to some cramping in his left hamstring and the issue has proved to be severe enough to warrant a DL stint. Brendan Ryan will take his place at shortstop Friday and the Angels recalled utility infielder Gregorio Petit to take Pennington's spot on the active roster.

OUTCliff Pennington 2B/SS/3B LAA 2 weeks ago

Pennington left Thursday's game with cramping in his left hamstring, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While Pennington was forced from Thursday's game with the injury, the report indicates his not considered serious. If true, he will have a chance to return to action for the Angels' next game Friday against the Mariners.

OUTCliff Pennington 2B/SS/3B LAA 3 weeks ago

Pennington will start at shortstop and bat ninth Tuesday against the Cardinals, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Andrelton Simmons is slated for thumb surgery and could be facing an extended absence, so the door appears open for Pennington to play regularly at short for the Angels in the weeks and months ahead. However, Pennington is a .244 career hitter with little power or speed to speak of, and veteran Brendan Ryan, whom the team brought in from Washington, could steal occasional starts.

OUTCliff Pennington 2B/SS/3B LAA 1 month ago

Pennington was 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Twins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The utility infielder did some damage out of the nine-hole, blasting a second-inning double off Twins starter Ricky Nolasco that plated CJ Cron and Andrelton Simmons. The two-bagger was only the second hit of the season for Pennington, who'd hadn't started a game since Apr. 11 versus Oakland. The 31-year-old figures to continue receiving spot starts throughout the season, but his offensive and fantasy upside is certainly limited.

OUTCliff Pennington 2B/SS/3B LAA 3 months ago

Pennington is part of an open competition for the Angels' starting second base job this spring, the Orange County Register reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Johnny Giavotella will likely win the job, but manager Mike Scioscia didn't want to anoint him as the starter at the outset of spring training. Pennington is the superior defender, which could ultimately help him make his case for the job if Giavotella scuffles with his glove in the coming weeks. Pennington is a career .245/.313/.344 hitter, so there is little reason to expect him to produce at a significantly better clip at age-31.

OUTCliff Pennington 2B/SS/3B LAA 6 months ago

Pennington signed a two-year contract with the Angels on Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran switch-hitter posted a .579 OPS in 105 games between Toronto and Arizona last season, his worst mark in seven major league seasons. However, Pennington's signing fills a utility need for the Angels, allowing Taylor Featherston to return to Triple-A to play every day.