Downs slated to be activated on Saturday

Downs slated to be activated on Saturday

Downs slated to be activated on Saturday
SEATTLE -- Angels reliever Scott Downs, placed on the family medical emergency list on Tuesday, is expected to land here on Friday night and will be activated for Saturday's game against the Mariners at Safeco Field.

The club wouldn't go into detail about Downs' situation, but the veteran left-hander left the team on Sunday night to return to his Kentucky home, ultimately missing the three-game series against the Red Sox and the opener against the Mariners.

Previously called the bereavement list, the family medical emergency list was implemented into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to allow players to depart from the team, for a minimum of three games and a maximum of seven, without necessarily experiencing a death in their families.

Downs, with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 38 innings this year, did not experience a death in his family.