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Angels lose Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins to injuries in the same inning

May 7, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Downs remains on the active roster for now, but the Angels put Hawkins on the DL and replaced him with Triple-A reliever David Pauley.

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Just days after the Angels tried to address their struggling bullpen by acquiring hard-throwing right-hander Ernesto Frieri from the Padres they lost closer Scott Downs and setup man LaTroy Hawkins to injuries within the same of three pitches.

Downs injured his left knee reacting to a line drive hit back up the middle, at which point Hawkins came into the game and closed out a 4-3 win by catching a liner and doubling the runner off first base … but broke his right pinkie finger on the play.

There’s no timetables yet for either pitcher’s return, but Hawkins tweeted a picture of his mangled finger afterward and seemed pretty frustrated about his status. Their injuries open the door for demoted former closer Jordan Walden to reclaim ninth-inning duties or manager Mike Scioscia could turn to the newcomer Frieri in save situations already.

  1. bigleagues - May 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    If it weren’t for J-Weave and to some degree Mike Trout would there be any reason to watch the Angels at this point?

  2. pauleee - May 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Well, you got me. There is absolutely no reason for fans to watch a team struggling in early May. Yes, we only had to wait 6 months for the new season to start, but approx. 30 games in, there is no need to pay attention to ANY team more than handful of games out of first. That would include NY, Boston and Philadelphia.
    I don’t think the Angels could have started out worse, yet they are only 6.5 games out. Pick up a game/month on Texas? Impossible!

  3. pauleee - May 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Oh, and we’re on the West Coast. Nobody pays attention to us anyway. Why won’t you people stay up until 1:30 AM to watch a ball game? :P

  4. mybrunoblog - May 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    When These two guys travel down the interstate to visit the team doctors maybe they’ll pass Pujols. Last time I checked he was all over that interstate.

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