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Angels demote $8 million starter Joel Pineiro to the bullpen

Aug 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Yesterday’s chicken-sacrificing speculation that Joel Pineiro was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation proved accurate, as the Angels demoted the veteran starter to the bullpen after an ugly four-start stretch in which his ERA rose from 3.90 to 5.31 in just 13 innings.

Mike Scioscia and company must have really been sick of watching Pineiro take the mound every fifth day, because their options to replace him in the rotation aren’t exactly great and the Angels aren’t going to name a replacement until next week.

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times the candidates include relievers Hisanori Takahashi and Horacio Ramirez, Triple-A starters Trevor Bell, Jerome Williams and Eric Junge, and Double-A starter Garrett Richards. Richards is considered the Angels’ best pitching prospect, but it’s unclear if they’re ready to let the 23-year-old right-hander make the leap from Double-A.

Pineiro has been a mess for the past month or so, but prior to that he had a 3.88 ERA in 37 starts for the Angels dating back to last season, when they signed him to a two-year, $16 million deal. Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, and Ervin Santana give the Angels a potentially dominant playoff rotation, but they may need a fourth or fifth starter to step up in order to get there.

  1. trevorb06 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Chatwood has quietly been having a good year. :-)

  2. jdl1325 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    “Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, and Ervin Santana give the Angels a potentially dominant playoff rotation, but they may need a fourth or fifth starter to step up in order to get there.”

    I wonder how much we’d hear Scioscia complaining about the days in between playoff games if they do find some way to make it.

  3. SmackSaw - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Sinker stopped sinking.

  4. SmackSaw - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Jerome Williams? What is he? Like 47? I could hit him

    • Bryz - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      More like 29 years old.

      • SmackSaw - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM

        Yeah. I can Google. It seems as though he has been around a lot longer.

  5. pisano - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    I hope the Yankees hear about this move because that’s where AJ Burnett should be.

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