MLB NOTEBOOK: PERCIVAL BACK WITH THE ANGELS.
The Angels named Troy Percival on Friday as a roving minor-league pitching instructor, bringing the team's all-time saves leader back into the organization.
Percival, who pitched in 2005 with the Detroit Tigers, had 324 career saves, tied with Billy Wagner for 11th all time. He had 316 of those saves with the Angels to hold the franchise mark.
``I'm looking forward to beginning the next chapter of my baseball career, and assisting those in charge in any manner they need from me,'' Percival said in a release. ``The Angels have been an important part of my career and life and I couldn't be happier to be part of the organization.''
More Angels: Both Kendry Morales and Dallas McPherson will be examined by doctors Monday.
Morales, who injured his right knee two weeks ago while playing in the Dominican Republic winter league, will be examined by team orthopedist Lewis Yocum. McPherson, who missed significant time last season with back spasms, will be seen by orthopedic spine surgeon Andrew Dossett at the Carrell Memorial Clinic in Dallas. McPherson had elected to rehab his back this off-season with the intention of avoiding surgery.
- Doug Padilla
Also: Outfielder Trot Nixon agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with Cleveland. The 32-year-old Nixon had spent his entire with Boston, which selected him in the first round of the 1993 amateur draft. ...Right-hander Shawn Chacon, bypassed salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,825,000 with Pittsburgh. ... Fernando Rodney agreed to a two-year deal with Detroit. The 29-year-old right- hander will get $2.7 million.