“There is a series of little things they can do with (your) arms and how to hold it and then put it through the computer and (get) the percentage of how much better the right arm is than the left arm,” Weaver said. “There were two of them that I was like three-percent better and they want at least 10-percent better.” Weaver had a long-toss session and said he still is on schedule to start the season on time. As for general manager Bill Stoneman’s assessment Tuesday that Weaver should have done more this winter, Weaver seemed surprised at that critique. “I thought I did everything they told me to,” Weaver said. “I guess I took a little too much time off. Other than that, everything was good.” Third degree? Brandon Wood is finally getting a chance to take some ground balls at third base, but it might be a little presumptuous to say he can beat out Chone Figgins for the Opening-Day job. TEMPE, Ariz. – Joe Saunders knows exactly what fellow pitcher Jered Weaver is going through with shoulder soreness. Like Weaver did after last season, Saunders tried giving his arm a long break, in the winter of 2002 after Saunders’ first professional season. After pitching a full season at Virginia Tech in 2002, Saunders was drafted by the Angels in the first round and finished that summer pitching at Provo and Cedar Rapids. He gave himself 2 months off after the season, and when he resumed throwing he realized he had some muscle atrophy in his shoulder. The power-hitting shortstop, ranked as the Angels’ No. 1 prospect by Baseball America, will begin fielding drills at third base today. He took groundballs with the middle infielders Wednesday. “If it works out and he can play third base, to have that kind of bat coming up and having a position for him is something that could help us and is something that’s going to be big for our depth,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re not giving up on his ability to play shortstop, and I think that’s important.” email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Instead of trying to rebuild muscle, Saunders tried to pitch through the pain and caused serious damage. He didn’t pitch in 2003 as he rehabbed rotator cuff and labrum damage. It helps explain why the Angels have been cautious with Weaver at the start of camp. Weaver (Simi Valley) said he underwent strength tests on the shoulder, with seven of the nine tests coming back positive. That means there will still be more long-toss days before he throws his first bullpen session.
Inishowen sister act, the wonderful Henry Girls launch their new album ‘Far Beyond The Stars’ on Friday March 10th. After the success of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in 2016, Letterkenny Musical Society return with ‘The Wizard of Oz’, one of the most loved and enduring fantasy tales of the modern era from Tuesday February 28th – Saturday March 4th.Derry’s Sole Purpose Productions perform ‘Blinkered’ on Wednesday March 8th and Bardic perform Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Lonesome West’ on Saturday March11th.Waving, Not Drowning, Mental Health RoadshowBread and Roses Theatre Company’s pioneering new production ‘Waving, Not Drowning, Mental Health Roadshow’ is embarking on a cross-border tour in March. Entertaining and flexible, the project aims to challenge stigmas and stereotypes and ensure that the voices of those who experience mental health problems, and those who care for them, are heard.‘Waving Not Drowning’ will be performed at The Strule Art Centre Omagh on March 3rd, The Playhouse Derry on March 10th and the Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey on March 23rd.The Strypes at McGrorys CuldaffMcGrorys are delighted to announce the Strypes return to The Backroom on Friday March 3rd. The wonderfull Cavan four-piece – Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Peter O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums) – will serve up their usual heady mix of fast-paced, gritty, garage rock speed blues. Support will be provided by David Keenan. Kimmie Rhodes at the BalorOne of American country music’s most respected and influential artists Kimmie Rhodes returns to the Balor art Centre Ballybofey on Friday March 3rd. A native Texan, Kimmie Rhodes singing career began at the age of 6 with her family gospel trio. She moved to Austin and recorded her first album in 1981 when Willy Nelson invited her to use his studio.A prolific artist she has recorded 15 albums over the years. Her multi-platinum selling songs have been recorded by stellar acts such as Willy Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris.Grammy Winning Country Legend RCC Letterkenny The Regional Cultural Centre is delighted to present the multi-talented Grammy nominated American singer-songwriter Darrell Scott on Thursday March 9th. In a career spanning 40 years Darrell Scott has penned hit songs for mainstream artists from the Dixie Chicks to Travis Tritt and has had songs covered by over 70 others spanning from Keb Mo’ to Mary Gauthier.Awards have included AMA Song of the Year, ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year and a host of other accolades. He is probably best known for recording and touring as part of Robert Plant’s brilliant Band Of Joy.Nerve Centre GigsThe newly refurbished Nerve Centre Derry has an impressive music programme in the coming months. Highlight’s include Derry songwriter Our Krypton Son’s second album launch ‘Fleas & Diamonds’ on March 10th.It’s a full band show with visuals and support from Conor Mason and PORTS. Lee Scratch Perry, the legendary pioneer of dub brings his 2017 tour to the Nerve Centre to make his Derry debut on Saturday March 18th. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of of reggae’s undisputed greats.Imelda May Jazzed for Derry ReturnIrish musician, producer and singer/songwriter Imelda May is excited to return to Derry this year having been announced as headliner of the annual City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival.Now in its 16th year, the five-day festival will take place from April 27th – May 1st. May’s most recent live appearance in Derry was at Ebrington as part of Peace One Day, the opening concert of the London 2012 Festival and one of the first major events counting down to the City of Culture 2013 celebrations. This year audiences will be treated to a brand new sound at the Millennium Forum on Sunday, April 30th.Earagail Arts Festival 2017 First Acts AnnouncedEaragail Arts Festival have announced a number of international music acts, one from each of the festival’s three weekends.The Breath feature Stuart McCallum (former guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly, McCallum’s fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers. Original, stunning and formidable they play McGrorys, Culdaff on the weekend of July 8th.Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko is one of the most authentically inspiring global collaborations, where Persia and West Africa intersect. Irans’ Constantinople & Senegal’s Ablaye Cissoko will be performing as part of the Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend in Letterkenny July 12th-16th.EAF is hosting a short tour by masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing Americana, The California Feetwarmers from July 21st – 23rd. It includes an exciting concert in the stunning grounds of the Rathmullan House and culminates in a headline slot on The Mountain Stage at Swell on Arranmore Island on Sunday 23rd.DD Culture: Incredible events to look forward to in Donegal & Derry was last modified: March 1st, 2017 by Shaun HanniganShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD CultureShaun Hannigan Check out some fantastic events coming up in the Northwest in the coming weeks and months!World Premiere By Letterkenny’s Coirm Coirm, the wonderful group of young musicians from Letterkenny’s Ceol na Coille traditional Irish music school gave a sizzling premiere of their new commission specially composed for them by renowned Irish fiddler Zoe Conway.The piece was performed to a large appreciative audience at An Grianán Theatre on Saturday January 28th last as part of Letterkenny Trad Week’s ‘Family Affair Gala Concert’. The performance was a real credit to the group and their tutor Paul Harrigan and suggests that the future of traditional music in the Letterkenny area is in good hands.An Grianán Theatre Music and Drama