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Angels move Julio Teheran to the bullpen

Thursday starter TBA

Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Angels have moved struggling starting pitcher Julio Teheran to the bullpen, Joe Maddon said before Wednesday’s game in San Francisco against the Giants.

Teheran has been ineffective in his three starts, allowing 11 runs in eight innings, allowing four home runs and walking five while only striking out six of his 42 batters faced.

It’s been a rough summer for Teheran, who was late reporting to camp after a bout with coronavirus, and started the season on the injured list. He hasn’t really been able to be stretched out, and, as his 12.38 ERA and 10.40 FIP can attest, he hasn’t pitched well enough to last deeper into games. His 3⅓ innings in Sunday’s loss to the Dodgers is his longest outing of the season.

Angels-Giants lineups

Pos Angels Pos Giants
Pos Angels Pos Giants
SS Fletcher DH Slater
2B La Stella (L) 2B Solano
CF Trout CF Yastrzemski (L)
3B Rendon 3B Longoria
DH Ohtani (L) 1B Flores
1B Pujols RF Pence
C Castro (L) LF Ruf
LF Upton SS Crawford (L)
RF Goodwin (L) C Tromp
Patrick Sandoval vs. Johnny Cueto on the mound

“We want to get him rocking and rolling, and back into the rotation,” manager Joe Maddon said on a conference call Wednesday. “He’s just not quite ready to do that.”

Teheran last relieved in 2012, and has started 225 games since. He signed a one-year, $9 million contract with the Angels as a free agent this year, pro-rated to $3.33 million in the truncated 60-game season.

As for who takes his place in the rotation, that remains to be seen. The Angels list Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning, and Dylan Bundy as their starters this weekend in Oakland. Thursday’s starter against the Giants will be announced shortly, Maddon said.

Matt Andriese threw 46 pitches in 2⅔ innings in relief of Teheran on Sunday. He is theoretically a candidate to start Thursday, though that would be on three days rest, something he hasn’t done even in long relief this season. Jose Suarez is also with the Angels in San Francisco on the taxi squad and is stretched out to about 75 pitches, Maddon said.

Notes

Jason Castro is back in the lineup for the first time in a week after dealing with a sore neck. His lone appearance in the interim was striking out as a pinch hitter last Friday agains the Dodgers.

Andrelton Simmons is with the Angels on the road trip and progressing well from his ankle sprain. “He’s getting pretty close. He just needs to go a day without any setback in any way, and he should be right on the verge,” Maddon said. Simmons last played on July 27 in Oakland.

Game info

Time: 6:45 p.m. PT

TV: Fox Sports West, ESPN