Angels working through bullpen struggles

Angels working through bullpen struggles

CLEVELAND -- The Angels' bullpen struggles have reached a crescendo, but the club has stressed that improvements must come from within the organization.

"These are the guys that we broke Spring Training with," said general manager Jerry Dipoto. "They're the guys that we trust to do the job. We're going to have to dig down within and find a way to get it done."

Angels relievers are 0-6 with a 5.29 ERA and have converted just two saves in eight chances. The group has allowed 72 baserunners in 48 2/3 innings.

Dipoto said it's too early to seek help externally.

"There aren't a lot of alternatives right now," Dipoto said. "Sometimes you have to turn yourself inside-out to figure out how to do it. There's some good history down there. There's some good arms down there. There's guys with particularly big stuff. You can't flip out the entire team when you're struggling. You just have to get better.