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Hester, Romine, relievers are on the way

Hester, Romine, relievers are on the way

Hester, Romine, relievers are on the way
SEATTLE -- When rosters expand on Saturday, the first day of September, the Angels are expected to add catcher John Hester, versatile infielder Andrew Romine and left-handers Nick Maronde and Andrew Taylor.

Switch-hitting catcher Hank Conger is expected to be called up on Tuesday, when the season ends for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.

Of the group, Maronde and Taylor are the only ones who haven't been up in the big leagues yet. Both will help out in the bullpen.

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Maronde, 22, was taken in the third round of last year's Draft and has jumped three levels in his first full season as a pro, combining to post a 2.26 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a 4.74 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 games (18 starts) for Rookie ball, advanced Class A and Double-A. The Angels' No. 4 prospect, Maronde will also pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

Taylor, 26, was taken in the 34th round in 2008 and has made 53 relief appearances for Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake this year, posting a 4.27 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and a 2.24 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 59 innings. His career Minor League ERA is 4.01.

The Angels will probably call up more players later in the month.

Peter Bourjos, rehabbing a wrist injury at Salt Lake, is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Monday and could be added to the roster then.

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