HOUSTON—Angels closer Ernesto Frieri will be down Saturday, and setup man Kevin Jepsen probably won’t be available for the game against the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park.
Both right-handers pitched in the previous three games, in Detroit on Wednesday and Thursday and Houston on Friday, and Frieri needed 29 pitches to notch his 20th save in Friday night’s 4-2 win.
Frieri considers himself an Iron Man of sorts. In the past, even when he’s pitched four days in a row, he has said—often with gusto—that he would be available for a fifth straight game if needed.
But when asked before Saturday’s game if he could pitch, Frieri said: “No chance. I’m pretty tired. My arm is not that bad, but my body is sore.”