The LA Angels have had so many injuries this season they have had to dig deeper and deeper into their farm system to fill the voids left on the roster, especially the starting rotation.
With the news that the LA Angels lost two more starting pitchers to injury the Angels were forced to rely on their Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake City Bees to fill the void. Both Garrett Richards and Nick Tropeano were placed on the disabled list Friday morning. Richards has a hamstring injury that will hopefully not keep him out for much longer than two weeks, but you never know with him. Tropeano’s injury is a little more alarming since it is dealing with his right shoulder.
Tropeano may only need a few weeks rest and be able to bounce back, or it could be a sign of something more serious. With Tropeano coming off Tommy John surgery it makes his injury even more concerning. The Angels also lost versatile reliever Jim Johnson who has been a middle reliever, set-up man, and even closed a few games this season.
So with a club-record 15 players currently on the disabled list the Angels made a 9-1-1 call to Salt Lake City telling Bees manager Keith Johnson ‘We need back-up, Stat’ !!! The Bees sent reliever Akeel Morris, converted starter Jake Jewell, starter John Lamb, and converted reliever Felix Pena, to the Angels rescue.
Many Angel fans are probably wondering, ‘Who the hell are these guys?’ Well I will give you a little background on the new Angels.