Angels won't abandon veteran players despite lackluster start to season

Despite a lackluster start to their season — and having already lost two significant pieces of their rotation likely for the entire season — the Angels aren't looking to trade any of their veteran players. That comes from Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who told Fox Sports he's in "candidate collection mode." H

e's considering acquiring pitchers from outside the organization, as well as promoting pitchers from the minor leagues.   MORE: 's best third baseman is ... | 's fab freshmen"This team was up against a lot of adversity last year and fought to the end," Eppler said. "We've got a lot of character, a lot of the same guys on the club. They will not back down from a fight." The Angels, after losing ace right-hander Garrett Richards to season-ending Tommy John surgery, will likely also be without left-hander Andrew Heaney, who has been on the disabled list since April 6 with a strained flexor muscle. The left-hander also has a damaged UCL and is rehabbing with hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery, according to Yahoo! Sports.Eppler, surprising no one, also said his team has no intention of trading superstar center fielder Mike Trout. "We have no intent or desire to consider moving Mike Trout —€“ he's not moving," Eppler told Fox Sports. "He's an impact player, a huge piece in a championship core."The Angels (13-15) entered Friday four games out of first place in the AL West.