The Angels just announced that side-arm relief pitcher Darren O’Day was optioned back to Triple-A Salt Lake. To take his place on the roster, Shane Loux had his contract purchased by the club.
O’Day was in his second stint with the Angels this season and his most recent stay began June 9. He originally made the roster out of spring training. He had been scored upon just three times in his 11 outings since June 9, but gave up at least three runs each time. He pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees on Saturday but in the series opener Thursday he gave up three runs without getting an out.
Loux (pronnounced “Lukes”) was 12-6 with a 3.98 ERA at Salt Lake in 22 starts. He did not have a relief appearance. Loux finally gives the Angels a long man in the bullpen, something they haven’t had since Dustin Moseley was last with the team.