Arredondo trying to pitch way back to 'pen

Arredondo trying to pitch way back

KANSAS CITY -- Reliever Jose Arredondo continues to pitch well for Triple-A Salt Lake and the Angels are still searching for ways to stabilize the back end of their bullpen.

So it seems logical that Arredondo, who had a breakout season in 2008, could be joining the Angels' bullpen shortly.

"Jose needs to get his game together, maintain it, and if he gets it back, he's obviously a guy we're gonna need to take a look at," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Tuesday's doubleheader against the Royals.

Arredondo, who is recovering from right elbow inflammation, has looked sharp in recent appearances. He's worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings in three outings in the last week.

The 25-year-old reliever has a 1.98 ERA in 10 appearances at Triple-A Salt Lake, allowing just two earned runs in 11 1/3 innings.

If he continues to pitch well, Arredondo could be the Angels' best in-house option to shore up the eighth-inning role.

Arredondo, who worked primarily as a seventh-inning specialist last season, was 10-2 with a 1.62 ERA in 52 appearances.

"He's making strides, but like we said, I don't know if it's a situation where we're looking day-to-day with anybody down there," Scioscia said.

The Angels have struggled at times to find a consistent setup man for closer Brian Fuentes. After losing Scot Shields to season-ending knee surgery, Scioscia has used a long list of pitchers in the seventh and eighth frames.

The club could still look to acquire a reliever from another organization, but at the very least, Arredondo's recent success is an encouraging sign.

"We have guys in-house that can fill those roles or fill those voids right now," Scioscia said. "Some of them are starting to pitch a little bit better. Some of them -- we're seeing some guys go a long way toward filling that. So Arredondo is certainly one of the guys in that mix."

Rustin Dodd is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.