Before Tuesday night’s game against the Mariners, the Angels made a roster move to add an extra bullpen arm for now, with an eye toward their starting rotation fairly soon after.
The Angels optioned Patrick Sandoval to the alternate training site in Long Beach, one day after he was effective in the home opener, allowing two runs (one earned) in four-plus innings against Seattle.
|3B||Seager (L)||DH||Ohtani (L)|
|DH||Marmolejos (L)||2B||La Stella (L)|
|2B||Gordon (L)||C||Castro (L)|
Luke Bard was recalled from Long Beach to join the Angels bullpen. The right-hander had a 4.78 ERA in 49 innings last year for the Halos, with 40 strikeouts and 13 walks. That gives the Angels 11 relief pitchers for now, and likely through the end of the homestand, which ends Sunday.
The Angels are off Monday, Aug. 3, which means they won’t need to add another starter for a little while. That works out just nicely for Julio Teheran, who is slated to pitch three innings in an intrasquad game on Thursday in Long Beach as he works his way back.
“You’ve got to start planning in advance a little bit with him. Getting him going, getting that competitive vibe out there,” manager Joe Maddon said of Teheran on Wednesday. “Big fan. Seen it for several years now. Looking forward to getting that.”
With the right-handed Justin Dunn on the mound for the Mariners, the Angels stacked the bottom of their lineup with left-handed hitters. Shohei Ohtani bats cleanup at designated hitter, then the six through nine hitters also bat left-handed, including Jared Walsh getting a start at first base.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: Fox Sports West