LA Angels Lose Reliever Bailey to DL
The LA Angels have had a tremendous start to their season. The bullpen has been vital to the team’s early success. However, they lost late-inning relief pitcher Andrew Bailey to the disabled list Wednesday.
The LA Angels have used their bullpen a lot this season, relying on them heavily in games. Bailey was very important when the Angels were trying to come back late in their games. As we know, the Angels have been very successful doing that, proven by Bailey’s team-leading two wins. He earned both of those wins in relief. picked up the win in the Angels historic come-from-behind victory on Sunday.
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He went to the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. This is concerning for Bailey, given that he has not had a huge workload so far in the season. He has been one of the most effective relievers for the Angels, and the team will benefit from a speedy recovery. There is no timetable for Bailey’s return.
The Angels will still use bullpen by committee, but seems as if for now Cam Bedrosian will be the closer, although some match-ups might dictate another reliever getting a chance to close out a game. Bedrosian has been lights out so far this season picking up two saves in two opportunities this season and has not allowed a run in 3.2 innings pitched. Bedrosian has one victory when he pitched the top of the 10th against Texas Tuesday night as the Angels won on the Carlos Perez squeeze bunt.
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Since J.C. Ramirez started Friday night, it seems as if Yusmeiro Petit or Bud Norris, along with Jose Alvarez from the left side will have the chance to take over Bailey’s role. All three have performed very well thus far this season. The Angels also called up Deolis Guerra from Triple-A and sent Daniel Wright back down to Salt Lake. Wright was a potential candidate to start Friday night, but was bypassed for Ramirez.
With the last three games being five + run defeats the back end of the bullpen has not been needed so we have not gotten an idea of who will be in what role for now. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for the Angels and their pitching staff.