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Bedrosian placed on DL with groin injury

Angels option Meyer, call up Yates and Wright to fortify bullpen
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ANAHEIM -- After a taxing, 13-inning marathon in Friday's opener against the Blue Jays, the Angels reshuffled their pitching staff with a series of moves Saturday.

The club placed reliever Cam Bedrosian on the 10-day disabled list with a sore groin, optioned Friday's starter, Alex Meyer, to the Minors and called up righties Kirby Yates and Daniel Wright from Triple-A Salt Lake, manager Mike Scioscia announced.

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ANAHEIM -- After a taxing, 13-inning marathon in Friday's opener against the Blue Jays, the Angels reshuffled their pitching staff with a series of moves Saturday.

The club placed reliever Cam Bedrosian on the 10-day disabled list with a sore groin, optioned Friday's starter, Alex Meyer, to the Minors and called up righties Kirby Yates and Daniel Wright from Triple-A Salt Lake, manager Mike Scioscia announced.

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Meyer was chased from Friday's start in the fourth inning, forcing the Angels to lean on their bullpen for the remaining 9 1/3 innings. Bedrosian was one of seven relievers used in the game; he entered with two runners on in the eighth inning and surrendered the Angels' one-run lead on a two-RBI double by Justin Smoak.

Scioscia said Bedrosian's groin tightened up after that inning.

"It was sore last night, it's sore today, and when you have the availability of a 10-day DL, it makes sense, because we want to make sure this gets behind him," Scioscia said. "Hopefully this DL time will do that."

Meyer, Los Angeles' No. 8 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, was recalled from Salt Lake for a spot start Friday to allow the Angels' rotation an extra day of rest, but lasted only 3 2/3 innings in his season debut.

"At times he's thrown the ball as well as anybody in this league can throw it, but then, at times, obviously, [he's] gotten a little bit out of sync," Scioscia said. "When you have that big of a lever when he's [6-foot-9], just like Randy Johnson had when he was younger, to harness it sometimes becomes a challenge.

"That's what Alex is going through right now. He's got great stuff, just a little bit out of sync."

Due to Meyer's early exit and the length of Friday's game, Sunday's scheduled starter Jesse Chavez threw 25 pitches in relief. Scioscia declined to reveal whom the Angels will start Sunday against Toronto, but Wright is lined up on regular rest having last pitched for Salt Lake on Tuesday. Wright pitched in one game for the Angels earlier this season, allowing three runs through four innings of relief against the Rangers on April 13.

Yates, meanwhile, is making his first appearance on the Angels' active roster. The 30-year-old righty was claimed off waivers from the Yankees last October. He posted a 2.57 ERA through six Triple-A appearances this season.

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With a 0.96 ERA and an 11.5 K/9 in 47 innings since the outset of 2016, Bedrosian has the skills to thrive in the ninth upon his return to health, and should be stashed in all leagues as a result. The Angels' injury-depleted bullpen may lack a full-time closer during the 25-year-old's absence, but deep mixed league managers could take a flyer on 31-year-old Blake Parker, who has whiffed more than a batter per inning this month after striking out 24 in just 12 1/3 Spring Training frames. Outside of Anaheim, owners may be able to find saves on waivers from Hector Neris, Matt Bush or Brad Brach.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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