The Los Angeles Angels have placed 31-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Cliff Pennington on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring injury. Pennington has played in 24 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 10 for 46 (.217 avg, .664 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. The Angels have called up 31-year old righty swinging infielder Gregorio Petit to replace Pennington on the active roster. He has played in 17 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Angels and he is 18 of 55 (.327 avg, .759 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Coming into this season, Petit had played in 82 games in his first four years in the show and he was 49 of 193 (.254 avg) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 15 RBIs. Petit went 1 for 2 in his Angels’ debut last night.
The Los Angeles Angels have sent 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter to AAA again to make room on the roster for Jhoulys Chacin. Achter pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. He has now pitched in 22 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Achter will get another shot with the Angels at some point in 2016.
The Los Angeles Angels have called 29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker back up and he will start tonight for them. How long he stays with them this time is up to him. He started 1 game in AAA-ball after being sent down and he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He pitched in 5 games (all starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 1-4 with a 9.15 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP. He gave up 29 hits (6 homers) and he walked 10 batters while whiffing 16 batters in his first 20 2/3 innings. Shoemaker has now pitched in 58 games (50 starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 24-18 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
The Los Angeles Angels have designated 24-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi for assignment. Choi played in 14 games for the Angels this year and he was only 1 for 18 (.056 avg, .347 OPS) with 6 walks and 6 whiffs. He was a Rule 5 Draft Pick over the winter and they took him from the Baltimore Orioles. If he clears waivers, the Angels will have to offer Choi back to the Orioles for half price. The Angels were wasting a roster spot trying to carry Choi, so this was the right move to make.
UPDATE: (5/16/2016) – Ji-Man Choi has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA by the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 28-year old righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin from the Atlanta Braves for 23-year old lefty reliever Andy McCreery. Chacin pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Braves this year and he was 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He has now pitched in 134 games (118 starts) in his first eight years in the show and he is 41-51 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Those are pretty darn good numbers when you consider that he pitched with the Colorado Rockies in his first six years in the show. He will immediately join the Angels’ rotation. McCreery had not pitched in the minors yet this year. He pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his two years in the minors for the Angels and he was 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. This was an excellent deal for the Angels!
30-year old righty reliever Fernando Salas has been pitching well so far this year for the Los Angeles Angels. He has pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. He has only given up 10 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 13 batters in his first 16 innings, which are pretty impressive numbers. Salas has now pitched in 143 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 12-3 with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Salas would likely be next in line for saves if Joe Smith were to get hurt while Huston Street is still on the D.L.
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 34-year old righty swinging SS Brendan Ryan from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations. Ryan played in 21 games in AAA-ball for the Nationals this year and he was 20 for 76 (.263 avg, .686 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Ryan has played in 879 games in his first nine years in the majors and he is 603 of 2,578 (.234 avg, .610 OPS) with 303 runs scored, 19 homers, 203 RBIs and 67 stolen bases. Ryan will share time with Cliff Pennington and Johnny Giavotella at 2B and SS. Ryan is a whiz with the glove, but he isn’t much of a hitter.
The Los Angeles Angels will likely be without 26-year old righty swinging starting SS Andrelton Simmons for an extended time as he needs surgery on his left thumb to repair torn ligaments. Simmons has played in 31 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 25 of 114 (.219 avg, .526 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 8 RBIs. Simmons was the big acquisition over the winter by the Angels, as he is the best defensive shortstop on the planet Earth right now. So this is a huge blow to the Angels moving forward. 31-year old switch-hitting Cliff Pennington will likely get the first shot to start in place of Simmons at SS. Pennington has played in 22 games for the Angels so far this year and he is only 7 of 40 (.175 avg, .592 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.
The Los Angeles Angels have activated 33-year old switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava from the D.L. Nava played in 3 games in A-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 1 for 9 (.111 avg, .311 OPS). Nava played in 8 games earlier this year for the Angels and he was 4 for 14 (.286 avg, .619 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. The Angels have sent 24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rafael Ortega to AAA. Ortega played in 14 games for the Angels this year and he was 15 of 51 (.294 avg, .640 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Ortega has now played in 16 games in his first two years in the show and he is 17 of 55 (.309 avg, .686 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Ortega will get called back up the first time the Angels need an outfielder.
The Los Angeles Angels have called up 30-year old righty reliever Javy Guerra. Guerra pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he is 1-0 with 4 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Guerra has pitched in 146 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 6-9 with 30 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Guerra has always been a solid pitcher in the show, so I like this addition for the Angels.
UPDATE: (5/13/2016) – The Angels have designated Javy Guerra for assignment. He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP.
UPDATE II: (5/17/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Javy Guerra to AAA.