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Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Matt Palmer Excited, Confident About Upcoming Season

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16:  Matt Palmer #32 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the New York Yankees in the eighth inning of Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Natalie AlexandraContributor IFebruary 21, 2011

Angels right-hander Matt Palmer feels like a new man after undergoing successful knee surgery last October. 

Palmer was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2002, and started his career by having a 1.83 ERA while with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. He spent three years in Double-A before being promoted to Triple-A Fresno in 2006. 

Palmer was called up by the Giants in August 2008, and after making three starts was sent back down to Triple-A. 

Upon becoming a free agent at the end of the 2008 season, Matt Palmer signed a minor-league deal with the Angels with an invite to spring training. 

Following the tragic death of Angels rookie Nick Adenhart, Palmer made his debut with the Angels on April 24, 2009 as a fifth starter. 

Although he successfully built up an impressive 7-1 record, Palmer was moved to the bullpen after being replaced by Ervin Santana on July 1, when Santana resumed his usual position in the starting rotation. 

Palmer finished the season at 11-2 with a 3.93 ERA. 

After a strong 2009 season, Palmer fans were hopeful that he had finally given the Angels a reason to appoint him a slot in the starting rotation. However, the signing of right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro quickly eradicated his chances. 

In May 2010, Matt Palmer was placed on the disabled list due to an injured right shoulder.  While in rehab, he began noticing swelling in his right knee while going through conditioning exercises. 

On Oct. 12, 2010, Palmer underwent knee surgery. After a two-month recovery process, Palmer returned to the mound with astounding new range of motion and mobility, in turn allowing fuller arm extension.

Upon arriving in Tempe, Ariz., Palmer stated that he is "feeling great and ready to go."

Palmer and his teammates are looking forward to competing for the AL West crown as the 2011 season approaches. 

Matt Palmer is a great talent, and a down-to-earth gentleman to boot! Can't wait to watch him pitch this year and see his golden arm in action! 

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