Rodney, Jepsen get a break

Rodney, Jepsen get a break

ARLINGTON -- Relievers Fernando Rodney and Kevin Jepsen, the Angels' primary setup men, haven't pitched since last Wednesday. That's not because they're slumping.

Jepsen leads the Major Leagues with nine holds, and Rodney has held opponents to a .164 batting average. So Angels manager Mike Scioscia just sees this as a break for both relievers.

"It's a good thing for those guys to peel back and get a chance to regroup and catch their breath," Scioscia said. "Their roles just haven't come up."

Scioscia did note that Rodney got up in the bullpen and threw twice during the Angels' weekend series against Oakland. Jepsen leads the Angels in appearances with 18, so the break is well deserved, Scioscia said.