Odrisamer Despaigne becomes Angels franchise-record 34th pitcher this season

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We’ve had to adapt, no doubt,” Scioscia said. “But other clubs are facing it. I don’t think there’s ever a year where the consensus isn’t that pitching’s a little thin and the quality of pitching might not be what it could be. And then when you combine that with some of the guys that we counted on out of our rotation, you have to look for ways to get it done. For the most part, in our bullpen, we’ve been able to do that. Our rotation is still coming together and trying to keep us in games, so I think you just line guys up the best way you can and I think our pitchers have done a terrific job this year.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Indeed, the Angels’ 3.98 staff ERA is a respectable seventh in the AL and the teams ahead of them include all three division leaders and both current wild card teams.The Angels haven’t been immune to this season’s trend of using position players to pitch in blowouts – more position players than any other season in baseball history have pitched this year, including Angels rookie Francisco Aria. He threw a scoreless ninth inning in a 7-0 loss to Oakland last week.“It’s just a chain of unfortunate events,” Scioscia said. “Last week, we desperately needed a guy to finish a game without using any more of our bullpen.”INJURY UPDATESScioscia gave a brief update on the status of injured starters Tyler Skaggs (left adductor strain), Nick Tropeano (right shoulder inflammation) and Matt Shoemaker (right forearm strain). Skaggs and Tropeano have been on the 10-day disabled list for five and nine days, respectively, while Shoemaker has pitched only once this season and has been on the 60-day DL since April 1. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ARLINGTON, Texas — The revolving door of the Angels’ pitching staff turned yet again before Friday’s game against the Rangers with a pair of roster moves. They added that night’s starter, newly acquired Odrisamer Despaigne, and brought in more bullpen help by recalling right-hander Deck McGuire from Triple-A Salt Lake.A day after two Angels relievers made their major-league debuts, Despaigne became the franchise-record 34th pitcher the Angels have used this year. The MLB record is 40, shared by the 2014 Rangers and 2017 Mariners. The number of pitchers used often correlates negatively with wins, so the Angels won’t dwell on it.“I haven’t been counting,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve got 12 or 13 pitchers on the roster on a given day and that’s what you have to try to shuffle.”Friday, the Angels sent down Osmer Morales, one of the two rookies who made his first MLB appearance in Thursday’s loss, as well as Thursday’s starter, Taylor Cole. The Angels have now used 14 different starters – and six of them are currently on the disabled list. “Tyler’s actually not throwing yet, but he feels very good. (Tropeano) is not throwing yet and Shoemaker did an up-down, feels really good, he’s in Arizona working out and we’ll see him this week,” Scioscia said. “Matty’s making some great strides and that’s encouraging to see.”OHTANI’S BULLPEN RESCHEDULEDScioscia said Thursday that he expected Shohei Ohtani to throw a bullpen session Friday, but the plan was changed and Ohtani will throw Saturday instead. Ohtani is still scheduled to throw another bullpen next week in Arizona and he remained in the lineup Friday, batting cleanup as the designated hitter.The two-way rookie hasn’t pitched since June 6 and went to the disabled list for 22 days with a right ulnar collateral ligament (elbow) sprain. He has appeared as a batter in 34 games since returning on July 3, posting a slash line of .245/.321/.490 in 110 plate appearances.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 7-7, 3.88 ERA) at Rangers (LHP Martin Perez, 2-5, 6.71 ERA), Saturday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img

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