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Angels send struggling Hector Santiago to the minors

May 22, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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Hector Santiago was supposed to be a big part of the Angels’ rotation when they acquired him from the White Sox in a three-team trade this offseason, but instead he pitched his way into a move to the bullpen two weeks ago and now they’ve demoted him to Triple-A.

Santiago has an ugly 0-6 record, but his 4.82 ERA and .257 opponents’ batting average aren’t that horrible. However, he’s struggled to consistently throw strikes and manager Mike Scioscia wasn’t comfortable enough using him in the bullpen to give Santiago regular relief work, so the Angels believe he’s better off starting every fifth day in the minors.

Santiago had a 3.51 ERA in 23 starts for the White Sox last season, which is why the Angels were willing to part with Mark Trumbo in the deal for him. Of course, it’s worth noting that Trumbo has hit just .210 (albeit with his usual big power) for the Diamondbacks and hasn’t played since April 21 because of a foot injury.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Am I the only one who read the headline as “Hector Salamacca” being send to the minors? ding ding?

    • echech88 - May 22, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      There is a great joke to be made here about blowing up, angels and/or being “sent down”.

  2. jbriggs81 - May 22, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    In all fairness to Trumbo, he had only had about 80 at bats before getting injured. That may not be the best sample size to crap on his batting average

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