Barry Enright doesn’t have outstanding Triple-A numbers, a long history of pitching out of the bullpen in the majors, or even much of a chance of sticking around with the Angels beyond this week.
What he does have is the ability to pitch multiple innings in relief, something the Angels desperately need to help a battered, taxed bullpen.
Enright was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday afternoon. He takes the place of right-hander David Carpenter, who was assigned to Salt Lake after allowing four runs in one-third of an inning in yesterday’s 11-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.
Enright is 1-2 with a 9.61 earned-run average in four starts this season for the Bees. He made three appearances with the Angels last year, all in relief; two were scoreless and the other saw him allow six runs in one inning against the Seattle Mariners.
Garrett Richards starts tonight against the Mariners.
The Angels optioned right-hander David Carpenter to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday after losing 11-3 to the Texas Rangers.
Making his first appearance of the season, Carpenter was charged with four of the nine runs the Rangers scored in the fourth inning. He retired one of the five batters he faced and left with an ERA of 108 (four earned runs in one-third of an inning).
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that the team will recall a pitcher tomorrow to take Carpenter’s spot on the 25-man roster. Wednesday’s starter Michael Roth and Jerome Williams, who threw three scoreless relief innings, will both be unavailable out of the bullpen when the Angels visit the Seattle Mariners.
Kevin Jepsen, Erick Aybar and Ryan Madson are heading to Tempe, Arizona today to continue their rehab at extended spring training.
“Got a pretty good team there, sure,” manager Mike Scioscia said.
In each case, that’s a good sign for the Angels, but the timetable is different for each player’s recovery.
When Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson was placed on the bereavement list Monday, it was guaranteed that he would miss at least one start. That’s because major-league rules dictate that any player on the bereavement list must miss at least three days and at most seven.
Today is Hanson’s third day on the bereavement list and rookie Michael Roth is starting for the Angels against the Texas Rangers.
Assuming the Angels’ other four starters take their normal turn in the rotation, Hanson’s spot would not come up again until next Monday in Oakland. Even if Hanson misses the maximum seven days, he’ll be back with the team by then.
However, it’s not guaranteed that Hanson would start the game.