ANAHEIM -- The Angels recalled right-handed reliever Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake, adding a fresh arm to their taxed bullpen ahead of Saturday night's game against the Giants. To clear a spot for Paredes on the roster, the Angels designated Rule 5 Draft pick Luke Bard for assignment.Bard, 27,
ANAHEIM -- The Angels recalled right-handed reliever Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake, adding a fresh arm to their taxed bullpen ahead of Saturday night's game against the Giants. To clear a spot for Paredes on the roster, the Angels designated Rule 5 Draft pick Luke Bard for assignment.
Bard, 27, earned a spot in the Angels' bullpen out of Spring Training and logged a 5.40 ERA over 11 2/3 innings, though that figure was skewed by a rough outing against the Red Sox on Tuesday, when he allowed six runs over 1 2/3 innings. Because of his Rule 5 status, Bard must be offered back to the Twins, his original organization, for $50,000. If the Twins decide not to re-acquire him, Bard could be traded, or he could be sent to Triple-A Salt Lake if no other team claims him and he clears waivers.
When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.
"I think Luke didn't get a huge look," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's only been in the Major Leagues for a month, but Paredes is throwing the ball well. It's a combination of needing a fresh arm for [Saturday]. Moving forward we'll see where we are."
Paredes, who is ranked the Angels' No. 17 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has recorded a 1.42 ERA over 6 1/3 innings for Salt Lake this season. He pitched two perfect innings against the Rangers on April 10 in his lone appearance for the Angels in 2018.
The Angels' bullpen has shouldered a heavy workload this season, a consequence of the rotation's ongoing struggle to regularly pitch deep into games. Entering Saturday, Angels relievers led the Majors with 89 2/3 innings this season.
"We're really averaging like 14 outs from our starting pitchers," Scioscia said. "When you put all that together, it's remarkable that we have the record [13-7] that we do. But we know that we have to get better."
The Angels will have to make another roster move on Sunday to clear a spot for right-hander Jaime Barria, who will be recalled from Salt Lake to start against the Giants.
The Ohtani brief
Shohei Ohtani was not in the lineup on Saturday against Giants left-hander Derek Holland. Kole Calhoun, another lefty bat, also received a day off, as the Angels rolled out an exclusively right-handed lineup in attempt to spark their flagging offense, which has been outscored 35-4 over their four-game losing streak.
"There's also a need for some guys who are swinging the bat well to get in there," Scioscia said. "Chris Young, [Jefry] Marte are going to be important to us to swing the bat. We need to get those guys in there and then [Sunday] obviously we'll have some changes with [Johnny] Cueto pitching."
Ohtani, who departed his last outing on the mound with a blister on his right hand, will throw a normal bullpen session on Sunday, the final benchmark he'll have to clear before the Angels decide if he'll be fit to take his next turn in the rotation, which will likely be Tuesday in Houston.
"He's feeling much better, so we're encouraged," Scioscia said.
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