June 16, 2017
ANAHEIM — Cam Bedrosian is finally ready to return to the Angels bullpen. The question now is how he’ll be used.
Bedrosian, who said he’s expecting to be activated on Saturday, had been the closer when he went on the disabled list two months ago with a groin injury.
Since then, Bud Norris took over the job and has performed well.
Manager Mike Scioscia would only go so far as to say that Bedrosian will “pitch in the back end of our bullpen.” He said initially he will “try to get his feet settled and get him an inning or two to get back into the major league flow,” implying that his first outing might be in a lower leverage spot.
Bedrosian said he has no expectations for being used in a certain role, particularly not as the closer.
“The plan is to go whenever they tell me,” he said. “Just come in and help the team. That’s it.”
Bedrosian joins the segment of the team that has been the most succesful. Norris, Blake Parker and Keynan Middleton are all pitching well right now, and Yusmeiro Petit has been good for most of the season.
“A lot of guys in our ’pen are pitching to their capabilities, which is one of the reasons we’re hovering around .500,” Scioscia said. “Adding one more player with his upside is going to be a huge boost for us.”
Scioscia said Matt Shoemaker is a “longshot” to be able to take his next turn in the rotation, on Tuesday in New York. Shoemaker, who came out of Wednesday’s game because of tightness in his forearm, was not expected to throw on Friday, a second straight day without throwing.
The Angels have a variety of options to replace Shoemaker, if he can’t take his next turn. Because of Monday’s off day, they could just keep the other starters on four days rest and push Shoemaker’s spot all the way back to next Saturday.
They could also drop another starter in at any point next week. Daniel Wright, who is currently in the bullpen, could start. Doug Fister also could start anytime after Wednesday. Fister was scheduled for his third start at Triple-A on Friday night. He has an opt-out in his deal for next Wednesday.
The Angels agreed to a deal with second-round pick Griffin Canning, a right-hander from Santa Margarita High and UCLA. Canning agreed to a bonus close to the slot value for the No. 47 pick, which is just under $1.5 million.
The deal comes a day after the Angels signed their first-round pick, outfielder Jo Adell.
Eric Young Jr. was not in the lineup on Friday, despite his .316 average since coming up to take Mike Trout’s roster spot. Scioscia said he wanted to give Young “a little breather” and also get some at-bats for Ben Revere. Revere was 3 for 10 in his career against Royals starter Ian Kennedy. …
Huston Street was scheduled for an inning at Triple-A Salt Lake City on Friday night. Street said he’s expecting to throw again on Monday, getting four outs. He said he will be ready to be activated after that.