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Angels to call up reliever David Carpenter from triple-A

April 13, 2012|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels manager Mike Scioscia bats balls to his fielders before the team plays the New York Yankees on April 13.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia bats balls to his fielders before the team… (Kathy Willens / Associated…)

NEW YORK — The Angels’ beleaguered bullpen will add right-hander David Carpenter, who is being called up from triple-A Salt Lake for this weekend’s series against the New York Yankees, but it was unclear Friday morning whether injured left-hander Scott Downs will go on the disabled list.

Carpenter, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound right-hander who was scheduled to fly from Salt Lake to New York on Thursday night, has a low-90-mph fastball with late movement that induces a lot of ground balls.

The 24-year-old had a 1.77 earned-run average in his first three professional seasons, jumping from Class-A Inland Empire to double-A Arkansas in 2011, and he did not allow a run in three innings of two appearances for Salt Lake this season.

The Angels bullpen failed to protect a two-run, seventh-inning lead in a 6-5 loss to Minnesota on Wednesday night, and it was roughed up for seven runs and 11 hits in a 10-9 loss to the Twins on Thursday, a game in which the Angels blew a six-run lead.

Downs, the team’s best reliever, suffered a badly bruised ankle on a play at first base in the seventh inning Thursday. X-rays were negative, but he is scheduled to undergo an MRI test Friday to determine whether there is ligament damage. There is a very good chance he will be placed on the disabled list.

The Angels also have brought triple-A starter Brad Mills to New York in case Downs goes on the DL. Mills could provide length in the bullpen.

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