ANAHEIM -- The Angels will be playing with a 24-man roster for three games, as reliever Noé Ramirez was reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Wednesday and immediately began serving his three-game suspension for hitting the Astros’ Jake Marisnick with a pitch on July 16.
Fellow reliever Jake Jewell, who threw three innings in Tuesday’s 10-7 loss to the Pirates, was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Ramirez. Ramirez, who had been out since July 21 with a viral infection, threw a simulated game at Angel Stadium on Tuesday to get ready for his return.
Angels manager Brad Ausmus noted it’ll be tough to be playing a man short against the Pirates for one game and the White Sox for two games, but that much of it depends on how deep the starters pitch into the game.
“It boils down to how everything goes with our starters,” Ausmus said. “Because then bullpen usage becomes even more critical.”
Ramirez, 29, has been solid while pitching mostly as a long reliever this year, posting a 3.14 ERA with 59 strikeouts, 16 walks and eight homers allowed in 48 2/3 innings. He made one rehab appearance with Class A Advanced Inland Empire on Saturday, throwing a scoreless inning with one walk.
Ramirez will resume his role as a long reliever once he rejoins the bullpen on Sunday. JC Ramirez and Trevor Cahill have been handling that role in Ramirez’s absence.
Jackson breaks Orem HR record
Angels infield prospect Jeremiah Jackson, the club's second-round pick in 2018, set Rookie-level Orem's single-season home run record with two homers on Monday, giving him 17 in 50 games. The previous Orem record was 15 dingers set by Luis Jimenez in 2008 and Wade Hinkle in 2012. Jackson, ranked as the club's No. 5 prospect by MLB Pipeline, is hitting .267/.339/.605 while seeing action at second base and shortstop this season.
“I actually saw Jeremiah in a Draft workout in Atlanta, and again last fall,” Ausmus said. “He’s been performing really well at Orem. We knew all the way going back to the Draft workout that he had power. He had power going the other way, which is not something that is easy for a young hitter to do. Obviously, we liked him when we drafted him. I didn’t see him play a ton, but I’m very aware of him.”