Angels outright reliever Bobby Cassevah to minors.

The Angels cleared a spot on their 40-man roster by outrighting right-handed reliever Bobby Cassevah on Thursday. Bobby CassevahCassevah has 72 hours to either accept his assignment to the minor-league side or become a free agent.

Cassevah appeared in one game this spring, allowing a single and walking two batters but escaping the jam Sunday against the Oakland A’s.

The assignment comes as Cassevah was hoping to move past a disappointing 2012 season. He hurt his shoulder in spring training and pitched in just four major-league games all year, walking six and surrendering four runs in five innings (7.20 ERA). At Triple-A Salt Lake, Cassevah went 4-1 with a 6.22 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, recording 10 saves in 12 opportunities.

The Angels could use Cassevah’s roster spot to acquire a player via trade or free agency, though it’s too soon to say if the Angels want to go that route. It’s also good news for 40-man roster pitchers Nick Maronde, Brandon Sisk, David Carpenter, Steven Geltz and Michael Kohn, whose chances of starting the season in the majors temporarily improve.

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Rain delay at Angels’ camp is nothing for Buffalo native Steve Geltz.

Steve Geltz

After a light overnight snowfall, the forecast calls for a high temperature of 24 degrees Fahrenheit tomorrow in Buffalo, New York, and a low of 17. This information isn’t relevant to the Angels, though it will be posted on an 8.5-by-11-inch paper on the clubhouse wall tomorrow morning.

It’s a practical joke, one that rookie pitcher Steve Geltz must oblige every day. Geltz is from Buffalo. Manager Mike Scioscia discovered this while assigning hazing rituals earlier this week.

“He asked me where I was from,” Geltz recalled. “He said, ‘what’s it like there?’ I said cold.”

And so the idea of Geltz researching the daily forecast for Buffalo was born.

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