The Angels have signed 29-year old righty reliever Mike Ekstrom to a minor league deal. Ekstrom pitched in 21 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s earlier this year and he was 1-1 with 3 saves, a 5.10 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the Rockies. Ekstrom has now pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Ekstrom will have to pitch well in AAA if he wants to get a shot with the Angels later on in 2013.
UPDATE: (8/8/2013) – The Angels have released Mike Ekstrom. He pitched in 17 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels and he was 2-2 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.