The Los Angeles Angels were starting to get healthy they lose another player to the dreaded DL. Closer Bud Norris who has been a major part of keeping the Angels afloat has an inflamed right knee so he has been placed on the 10-day DL.
So with this latest news the Los Angeles Angels now have to continue their next up mentality. This probably will mean that incumbent closer Cam Bedrosian who just came off the DL Saturday will regain his closer role. As always Angels manager Mike Scioscia is very noncommittal saying it will depend on the match-ups as to who will be used to finish games.
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Norris currently has converted 11 of 13 save opportunities while posting a 1-2 record with a 2.43 ERA. Norris has struck out 42 batters in 33.1 innings of work with a WHIP of 1.11 while allowing opponents to hit .197.
Bedrosian also had good numbers before going on the DL in late April. Bedrosian has yet to give up a run in 8.2 innings of work this season and has saved three of four games that he had the opportunity to do so. Bedrosian has a 1-0 record with the 0.00 ERA. He has struck 12 batters in 8.2 innings with a 0.69 WHIP while holding opponents to a .207 batting average.
Mike Morin has been called up to take Norris’ spot on the active roster. Huston Street is also very close to returning tossing 1.1 scoreless innings for Triple-A Salt Lake City on Monday his 6th appearance since he started his rehab a few weeks ago. Street’s numbers are not pretty as he is 0-1 with a 8.44 ERA striking out four batters in 5.1 innings.
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According to Scioscia we could see Street join the Angels on their current road trip. When Street does take the mound it will be the first time since July 31st of last season. What Street’s role will depend on the situation at hand. Most likely Street will assume a 7th or 8th inning role. As far as regaining his closer role, that remains to seen. At this point there has been no mention of that for Street.
Hopefully the Angels will not have to endure anymore serious injuries this season, but so far the next up mentality has served the team well.