Overworked Angels bullpen has already called for reinforcements

The Angels bullpen pitched 16 innings in the first four games of the season, less than only four other teams in baseball that have played four games or less. The unsustainable workload has already caused some shuffling of the roster.

In need of a fresh arm in the bullpen, the Angels recalled A.J. Achter from Triple-A on Saturday. Cam Bedrosian was sent down a day after his two wild pitches led to a Rangers run in Friday’s 7-3 loss to Texas.

Bedrosian, who has pitched two innings in four games, was likely just the odd man out, considering several Angels relievers can’t be sent down because they are out of options. Among those out of options is Cory Rasmus, a natural candidate to be sent to the minors after pitching 2 2/3 innings Friday courtesy of starter Matt Shoemaker’s abbreviated outing.

Achter posted impressive numbers in spring training, allowing just one earned run in 10 ⅔ innings. Continue reading

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Angels will send eight prospects to Arizona Fall League.

C.J. Cron

Angels first base prospect C.J. Cron will participate in the Arizona Fall League. (Getty Images)

Double-A Arkansas first baseman C.J. Cron was among eight Angels prospects listed on the preliminary rosters for the 2013 Arizona Fall League season Tuesday.

Infielder Taylor Lindsey, catcher Jett Bandy, outfielder Zach Borenstein and pitchers R.J. Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian, Mike Morin and Michael Roth are the other Angels scheduled to play for the Mesa Solar Sox. Bill Richardson, who is currently managing the Angels’ Pioneer League affiliate in Orem, Utah, will manage the club.

Roth made his major-league debut earlier this season and has appeared in 15 games (one start) with the Angels. Cron entered the 2013 season as the Angels’ third-ranked prospect by Baseball America, Lindsey seventh and Alvarez eighth. Borenstein was recently named MVP of the California League and sang the national anthem at an Inland Empire 66ers game.

The Mesa roster will be comprised of prospects from the Angels, A’s, Cubs, Nationals and Tigers organizations and will play its home games at Hohokam Stadium. The Arizona Fall League season begins Oct. 8.

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