TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels continued to pare down their roster on Friday, sending four players to Minor League camp, including right-hander Alex Meyer.Meyer, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Angels' No. 8 prospect, arrived to Spring Training as a contender for the fifth spot in the rotation, but he was
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels continued to pare down their roster on Friday, sending four players to Minor League camp, including right-hander Alex Meyer.
Meyer, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Angels' No. 8 prospect, arrived to Spring Training as a contender for the fifth spot in the rotation, but he was inconsistent over his five Cactus League appearances and is now slated to open the season at Triple-A Salt Lake.
The 27-year-old right-hander, who was acquired along with Ricky Nolasco from the Twins in the Hector Santiago trade last summer, logged a 7.20 ERA this spring and didn't make it through three innings in his most recent outing, against the Rangers on Wednesday.
"He's made so many strides from where he was last year," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He needs to go down there and just continue with that process. His arm is big, once he figures this out. He's close. He's come a long way. He's going to be really good."
Outfielder Ryan LaMarre, infielder Nolan Fontana and catcher Francisco Arcia were also among Friday's cuts. The Angels now have 41 active players in Major League camp.
Norris in the bullpen?
Veteran right-hander Bud Norris strengthened his bid to make the Angels' roster by tossing two spotless innings with two strikeouts in the club's 4-0 win over the Mariners on Friday. While Norris started the game, he has pitched two innings in each of his last two appearances, possibly indicating that he's being looked at as a reliever.
Norris, who signed a Minor League deal in January, said the Angels have not told him whether he's made the team or informed him of his potential role. He has allowed only one run over his last six Cactus League innings.
"I thought his stuff was good," Scioscia said. "I think Bud is getting more comfortable as the springs moves on. He was solid through two innings. That's something we'll look at this next week."
• Right-hander Matthew Shoemaker, who is currently lined up to start on Opening Day, allowed two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out 11 over six innings in a Triple-A start on Friday. He threw 83 pitches.
• The Angels hosted their first Cactus League night game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in 20 years on Friday. The last time they had played under the lights here was on March 22, 1997, against the Rockies.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.