Angels make roster moves as coronavirus shutdown lengthens

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Arizona complex will be open for workouts starting on Monday, although Major League Baseball has recommended that players don’t engage in any organized or group workouts.The facilities at Angel Stadium should be ready to go on Tuesday or Wednesday, after a cleaning, Eppler said.Given the new recommendation from the CDC, though, players might slow the pace of their workouts even further.As for the roster moves, they paint a slightly clearer picture of what the Angels were envisioning once the season does begin.Barria had been a candidate for one of the spots in the rotation, but it now appears the Angels favor Matt Andriese, Dillon Peters, Jose Suarez and Patrick Sandoval. The Angels on Sunday night optioned pitchers Jaime Barria, Taylor Cole, Kyle Keller and Jose Quijada and catcher Anthony Bemboom, even though the season now seems to be even farther away than just a few days ago.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new recommendation on Sunday that no events with more than 50 people take place for at least two months, which means the soonest the season could begin would be mid May. MLB initially announced a delay of at least two weeks.The Angels are still trying to piece together how they would ride out the hiatus.General manager Billy Eppler said he currently is planning on having 22 players remain in Arizona, 11 in Anaheim and the rest at their offseason at homes. Two players were still undecided as of Sunday night, Eppler said.center_img All of that could be moot, however, because the delay to the season could give time for both Shohei Ohtani and Griffin Canning to be in the rotation, along with Andrew Heaney, Julio Teheran and Dylan Bundy.Ohtani was slated for a start in mid May, because the Angels were going to limit his innings. Canning had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow, and he’s set to be re-evaluated in about two weeks.By optioning Bemboom, the Angels cleared the way for Max Stassi and Jason Castro to be their two catchers. Stassi, who is coming back from hip surgery, was expected to be ready by the scheduled Opening Day.last_img

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