Angels considering Trevor Cahill in the bullpen when he returns

first_imgIf the Angels do bring Cahill back as a reliever, he could reprise a role he had with the 2016 Cubs, who won the World Series. That season, Cahill had a 2.74 ERA, pitching out of the bullpen 49 times. He was not on the postseason, roster, though.One complication of having Cahill in the bullpen is he would be another reliever who can’t be optioned, meaning the Angels would have less flexibility to shuffle fresh arms up from Triple-A.As for the rotation, the Angels have a variety of ways they could go. There are currently four members of the rotation on the active roster: Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning and Félix Peña.With José Suarez recently optioned to Triple-A, the Angels will use someone who isn’t currently in the majors when they have a spot open next week. Although they have an off day Monday, Ausmus said they’d rather give the starters an extra day of rest than compress the rotation one time through.Suarez can’t return until he’s been down for 10 days, but the Angels could bring up Nick Tropeano or Dillon Peters. JC Ramírez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has another start scheduled at Triple-A for early in the week, but he could be up by next weekend. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CAMPAIGN SEASON?A day after learning he had finished atop the voting for American League second basemen in the first round of voting for the All-Star Game, Tommy La Stella still had a tough time comprehending it.“It’s pretty crazy to think about, honestly,” La Stella said Saturday. “There could have been some help from Chicago, which is pretty cool to think about. Whoever voted across the country – and I’m sure there are some Japanese fans who watch the game – thank you. It means a lot, not only to me but my friends and family, who supported me to get to this point.”In order to win the starting spot on the All-Star team, La Stella will need to outpoll Houston’s José Altuve and the Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu, the other finalists. Online voting will be Tuesday and Wednesday.La Stella, however, doesn’t seem to be interested in campaigning: “Whoever goes is deserving. There’s not a wrong choice.”Related Articles ST. LOUIS — The Angels are considering the idea of bringing Trevor Cahill back to the majors as a reliever, a role in which he flourished with the Chicago Cubs a few years ago.“He’s pitched 50-plus times out of the bullpen,” Manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday morning. “It gives us options. Our goal is to make our pitching better, so we’ll consider that as an option.”Cahill, who is on the injured list because of elbow inflammation, has posted a 7.18 ERA this season, starting in 11 games and pitching after an opener once.In his rehab outing Friday night at Salt Lake, he gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Ausmus said Cahill came through the outing fine physically.center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone He also joked that if the Angels social media department asked him to promote himself, he’d “fight them tooth and nail.”Mike Trout is also a candidate for an outfield spot, although he should easily win election as an All-Star starter for the seventh time.ALSOAndrelton Simmons, who is back in Anaheim in the final stages of rehab from a sprained ankle, “felt good yesterday,” Ausmus said. Simmons could be activated on the upcoming homestand, which would be just five weeks after suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 6-6, 4.61) at Cardinals (RHP Miles Mikolas, 5-7, 4.48), 4:05 p.m., ESPN Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img

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