Saturday night's thirteen inning loss saw the Angels use every pitcher not nailed down to a start in the next few days and caused the Angels to shuffle their roster just to keep some arms fresh, Sent down to Salt Lake were Dane De La Rosa and Matt Shoemaker - no surprises there as Shoemaker was the long-mop and had basically flopped, while De La Rosa looked terrible in even fewer pitches Saturday night.
They were replaced with a duo of relief pitchers who had never donned a Halo jersey before - Left hander Jose Alavrez, he the prize in the Andrew Romine trade to Detroit, was the headliner, but it was 33-year-old righty Yoslan Herrera who would take the mound first, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Sunday's blowout.
Wait, who is Yoslan Herrera? Where did he come from? He once pitched for the Pirates. Apparently he was out of organized baseball in 2011 and 2012. A stint in the Independent Leagues in 2013 saw him make 59 relief appearances and garner an invite to Spring Training with the Angels. He only tossed three innings but was assigned to AAA Salt Lake. After five scoreless innings for the Bees he is suddenly major league depth and looked good getting three groundouts and giving up a walk on twenty total pitches yesterday afternoon.
Alvarez would appear to be the long man in the Mike Scioscia land of assigned bullpen roles but since he is a lefty look for the right handed Herrera to be handed the mop at some point in the coming month. Nick Maronde was already sent down last week so the Angels are not just waiting around for the day this bullpen madness passes.