To say this has been a trying week on the Angels bullpen would be an understatement. To that end, the club called up a fresh arm in right-hander Jose Rodriguez, and optioned pitcher Kyle Keller to the club’s alternate training site in Long Beach.
Over the last three games, the Angels bullpen has allowed 18 runs in 14⅓ innings, with more walks (11) than strikeouts (10). They’ve had 18 relief appearances in those three games, including eight pitchers needing to cover the final 22 outs of Friday night’s loss to the Astros.
Keller was called up Thursday when Mike Trout was placed on the paternity list, and pitched in games on both Thursday and Friday, allowing two runs on three hits in 2⅓ innings.
Rodriguez had a 2.75 ERA in 19⅔ innings with the Angels in 2019, but was outrighted off the 40-man roster in December. He was a non-roster invitee to Angels camp during spring training, and was a part of their club player pool.
It wasn’t the only roster move before Saturday’s game. The Astros, who have used nine rookie pitchers this season, add a 10th by calling up 23-year-old Carlos Sanabria. The right-hander had a 2.84 ERA in 66⅔ innings between Class-A Fayetteville and Double-A Corpus Christi in 2019.
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