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Angels closer Joe Smith didn’t get a save last night because he was throwing up

May 6, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Joe Smith took over for Ernesto Frieri as the Angels’ closer a couple weeks ago, but last night it was Frieri coming in to convert a save against the Yankees. So has manager Mike Scioscia changed his mind again on the closer role?

Nope, it turns out Smith was just puking in the bullpen at the time.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Smith went to warm up for the ninth-inning save opportunity per usual, but then “started feeling sick” and “disgorged his lunch.” So the Angels scrambled and had Frieri warm up again after he’d already done so in the eighth inning without actually coming into the game for starter Jered Weaver.

Frieri pitched a 1-2-3 inning for the save, striking out Mark Teixeira and Jacoby Ellsbury in the process. Presumably, however, if Smith can keep his lunch down he’ll still get the next save chance that … well, comes up, for the Angels.

Professional athletes: They’re just like us! (If you throw up at your job, I guess.)

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  1. asimonetti88 - May 6, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    maybe he’s pregnant

  2. missthemexpos - May 6, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Would the baseball jump around on its way to the plate with some regurgitated burrito stuck to its side?

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    He doesn’t have the stomach for the 9th inning.

  4. arrooo - May 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    And the Mets gave him up why? Oh that’s right, so he could excel in his career

  5. beepbeepbeeplgb - May 6, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    lol, i woke up this morning wonder why almost 7,000 people dropped him in fantasy, this explains it. talk about a bunch of over reactors.

  6. plmathfoto - May 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    He’s great at getting righties out, lefties not so much, common for a sidearmer.

  7. sergioxjacques - May 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I smell scandal. Frieri poisoned Smith’s lunch to get the 9th back. You heard it here first.

  8. cogitobaseballergosum - May 6, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Anyone else missing Jerry Coleman right about now? RIP Colonel.

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