A few quick Angels notes including the Joel Pineiro signing, minor roster moves, and tid-bits regarding injuries, streaks, the draft, and honoring a legend. Be sure to check back with us for more on the Angels’ draft picks.
Joel Pineiro Returns to the Angels
The Angels have signed Joel Pineiro to a minor-league deal, and he will start tonight for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.
Pineiro, 35, was recently released by the Chicago Cubs while attempting a comeback to the big leagues.
In four starts with Cubs AA-affiliate Tennessee Smokies, Pineiro had a 4.43 ERA in 22 1/3 innings, with rates of 4.0 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9.
Pineiro has been a serviceable end-of-the-rotation pitcher for several clubs during his career: Seattle, Boston, St. Louis and the Angels. He last appeared in the Majors with the Angels in 2011.
That season, Pineiro went 7-7, with a 5.13 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 145 2/3 innings. In two total seasons (’10 and ’11) with the Halos, Pineiro was 17-14, producing a 4.47 ERA and a 1.372 WHIP in 298 innings.
This is likely a depth move for the Angels’ Triple-A rotation, to replace to Wade LeBlanc, recently claimed by the New York Yankees. Pineiro can serve as an emergency spot starter to go with Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago.
Bringing Pineiro back is another example of the Angels continuously working to create organizational depth.
Three Pitchers Outrighted
After a strong 2013 season in the Marlins organization, the 27-year-old Brady struggled in the minors this year, posting a 7.18 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9.
Grube, 32, made his big-league debut for the Angels last week, after posting a 3.52 ERA in 61 1/3 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake with 7.5 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9.
Raley, 25, was claimed by the Angels from Minnesota last month. He then struggled for Salt Lake, where he allowed 26 runs in 21 innings.
These moves indicate other 40-man roster transactions are on the horizon.
Facts and Figures
- The Angels will honor Albert Pujols for his 500th career homerun before tonight’s game against the Chicago White Sox, at the Big A.
- Sean Burnett had his second Tommy John Surgery yesterday. Dr. James Andrews performed both surgeries. Burnett will begin a long rehab process, and will likely be out of action until 2016.
- Ian Stewart received cortisone shots in his left thumb, where he suffered a contusion. He has been on the disabled list since May 12.
- Seventeen of the Angels’ first 31 picks in the 2014 Draft were pitchers. Follow all the picks on the 2014 MLB Draft Tracker.
- The Angels are now 4-7 since winning 12 of 17, yet they still have a half-game lead for the first Wild Card spot.
- Check back for more on the Angels’ draft picks.