The Angels have placed 27-year old righty swinging 3B Chris Nelson on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right hamstring. Nelson has played in 33 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 24 of 109 (.220 avg, .626 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers, 18 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Angels have called up 25-year old righty swinging 3B Luis Jimenez to replace Nelson on the active roster. Jimenez played in 24 games earlier this year for the Angels and he was 16 of 69 (.232 avg, .539 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.
28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Robbie Widlansky is having a solid year in the minors for the Angels. He has played in 96 games in AA+AAA-ball so far this year and he is 93 of 336 (.277 avg, .758 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 10 homers, 52 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Widlansky has now played in 647 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 671 of 2,343 (.286 avg, .773 OPS) with 297 runs scored, 50 homers, 351 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. As good as he has played this year, he’s still a longshot to get called up when rosters expand next week.
The Angels have lost 29-year old righty reliever Kevin Jepsen for the rest of the 2013 season after he underwent an emergency appendectomy last night. He pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Angels in 2013 and he was 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Jepsen has now pitched in 241 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 13-16 with 3 saves, a 4.34 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. The Angels should be o.k. the rest of the way without Jepsen, as he didn’t pitch that well for them in 2013.
The Angels have designated 29-year old righty starter/reliever Billy Buckner for assignment. Buckner pitched in 7 games (2 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 1-0 with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He has also pitched in 16 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels so far this year in which he is 7-2 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Buckner has been a good sport for the Angels this year, as this is the 3rd time that they have DFA’d him so far in 2013. He will likely accept another outright assignment to AAA if he clears waivers again (which is likely).
UPDATE: (8./26/2013) – The Angels have outrighted Billy Bucker to AAA.
26-year old lefty swinging outfielder J.B. Shuck has been a pleasant surprise for the Angels in 2013. He has played in 99 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 94 of 319 (.295 avg, .714 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 2 homers, 31 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Shuck has really been hot so far in August for the Angels. He has played in 19 games for the Angels so far this month and he is 22 of 68 (.324 avg, .785 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Shuck will get to play a lot the rest of this year, as he has been a nice asset for them in 2013.
32-year old lefty swinging OF/DH Josh Hamilton is still having issues at the plate. He has played in 11 games so far in August for the Angels and he is 8 for 41 (.195 avg, .586 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. Hamilton has now played in 110 games for the Angels overall this year and he is 94 of 421 (.223 avg, .690 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 17 homers, 56 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Despite struggling at the plate, Hamilton is tied for 3rd in homers (17), #3 in runs scored (55) and #4 in RBIs (56) for the Angels. Still, they are expecting a lot more out of Hamilton.
The Angels have sent 26-year old righty starting pitcher Tommy Hanson to AAA. Hanson pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 4-3 with a 5.59 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. The Angels have activated 30-year old lefty starting pitcher Jason Vargas from the D.L. and he will start tonight for them against the Yankees in New York. Vargas has pitched in 14 games (all starts) so far this year for the Angels and he is 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
28-year old righty reliever Ernesto Frieri is out as the Angels’ closer. Since July 1st, Frieri has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Angels in which he is 0-3 with 5 saves, a 9.53 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP. Frieri has now pitched in 49 games (0 starts) overall this year for the Angels and he is 0-4 with 26 saves, a 4.69 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. 30-year old Dane De La Rosa will get the first shot to replace Frieri as the Angels’ closer. De La Rosa has pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 5-1 with 1 save, a 3.74 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
The Angels have placed 30-year old righty swinging 2B Howie Kendrick on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 6th, due to a sprained left knee. Kendrick has played in 108 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 126 of 419 (.301 avg, .778 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 11 homers, 47 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. The Angels will get a good look at 25-year old righty swinging Grant Green while Kendrick is out of action. Green has played in 4 games for the Angels since coming over in the Alberto Callaspo deal with the A’s and he is 5 for 13 (.385 avg, .885 OPS) with 1 run scored. The Angels hope that Kendrick only needs to miss a couple of weeks.
The Angels have released 32-year old lefty reliever Mitch Stetter. Stetter pitched in 33 games (0 starts) in Rookie+AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 3-1 with 3 saves, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Stetter last pitched in the majors in 2011 with the Brewers. Stetter has pitched in 132 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 8-2 with 1 save, a 4.08 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss for the Angels moving forward.