The Angels called up eleven members of the Salt Lake Bees but Designated Two Halo Veterans form that team for Assignment. Gritty outfielder J.B. Shuck and relief pitcher Michael Kohn were DFA'd off of the 40-Man Roster and from a minor league team that has no more games in front of it this season. Their roster spots were needed for two of the eleven Bees joining the team in Houston tonight.
Two callups were perfunctory - Efren Navarro and Cory Rasmus had been sent down in name only this weekend to bring in reinforcements early to a beleaguered team. Of the remaining nine callups many were expected after long stretches in Anaheim this season - C.J. Cron is back and Brennan Boesch went so far as to make it into Tuesday night's lineup at DH. Despite limited success with the big club starter Wade LeBlanc and reliever Cam Bedrosian are back.
Vinnie Pestano had a cup of coffee earlier this season and will be in the bullpen with the Halos for September and perpetual prospect Luis Jimenez is also back with the club with the only question being whether he will get more playing time at the hot corner than suddenly-out-of-favor David Freese. Infielder Shawn O'Malley also joins the Angels today.
The two most intriguing names are two players who will be making their Angels debuts the moment they take the field. John Buck is a veteran's veteran behind the plate and when he takes that position he will be only the third person to catch for the Halos this season. Tony Campana is a speedster utility outfielder in the Chone Figgins mold who will serve as the pinch runner role many expected Shuck to play this September.