In need of pitching, Halos option Frandsen

In need of pitching, Halos option Frandsen

ANAHEIM -- Kevin Frandsen never saw this coming. A ticket on the Salt Lake shuttle, with a return to Triple-A and the Pacific Coast League, was the last thing on his mind on Friday after the season he has had for the Angels, hitting .288 and handling the corner infield positions professionally.

He got the word before the Angels opened a big three-game series against American League West-leading Texas that he was being sent down to create roster space for pitching help. With the club two starters (Joel Pineiro, Scott Kazmir) down, Trevor Bell and Bobby Cassevah were recalled to fill gaps and plug holes.

"I did everything I could," said Frandsen, the former Giants second baseman who was claimed by the Angels on April 29 after Boston put him on waivers and arrived with a bang. "It's not like I was doing anything negative. Everyone who was in the room [manager Mike Scioscia, general manager Tony Reagins] told me that.

"I'm very, very lucky to have the opportunity to have gotten picked up by this organization, that's the main thing. In the big picture, I'm happy with where I'm at as far as my health and my ability to play at a high level. After the injury I had [torn Achilles in 2008], everyone was skeptical. I showed I can run again. I played a lot of positions -- even left field one day. I want to play this game a long time -- at the Major League level, not the Minor League level."

Frandsen played nine games with Salt Lake before joining the Angels with a bang (three hits) on May 8 in Seattle, and he earned 34 starts at third base and four at first. He batted .340 in May and June with a career-high eight-game hitting streak.

"Kevin showed us a lot," Scioscia said. "He showed us he's a Major League player. For certain he's on our depth chart and will be looked at very closely."