"He took me under his wing," Maronde said of Downs. "When I got called up last year and this year, he's looked after me. When I was down there [in the Minors], he was texting me. He was a great role model for me and I learned a lot from him."
The Angels, with a bullpen that has accounted for at least three innings in each of the last three games, went to 13 pitchers on Monday. Joining Maronde was 27-year-old right-handed reliever Daniel Stange, who was signed to a Minor League deal on June 21. To make room for Stange on the roster, first baseman/outfielder Brad Hawpe was designated for assignment.
Stange, who uses a mid-90s fastball and slider, went to school at UC Riverside and is in the big leagues for the first time since a four-game stint with the D-backs in 2010. He was released by the Padres on June 16 and had posted a 3.60 ERA in 15 relief appearances for Triple-A Salt Lake.
"It feels great to get back up here," Stange said, "and obviously the goal is to stay here."
Maronde, a surprising force for the Angels' bullpen down the stretch last year, got off to a rough start at Double-A, but he bounced back, giving up only four runs in his last 18 innings to bring his ERA down to 3.91.
"Early on, I think I was trying to be too fine as far as throwing strikes," Maronde said. "I just started attacking hitters. I got back to doing that and hit the ground running from there."
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