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Navarro optioned, Kohn likely to return to 'pen

Navarro optioned, Kohn likely to return to 'pen

KANSAS CITY -- The Angels sent first baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro to Triple-A Salt Lake after Friday's 8-6 loss to the Royals and are expected to call up reliever Michael Kohn on Saturday, a move that would return them to a seven-man bullpen once it's official.

Kohn had a 3.04 ERA in his first 25 games in the Majors, but he had a walk rate of 7.6 and was sent down to the Minors to fine-tune his mechanics. The 28-year-old right-hander, who missed all of 2012 due to Tommy John surgery, pitched 9 1/3 scoreless innings in Triple-A, but he also walked six batters.

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Navarro, 28, has batted .297/.350/.432 in 14 games that have spanned two stints in the Majors. The Angels basically chose the right-handed-hitting Grant Green over the left-handed-hitting Navarro, which means they won't have a lefty bat off the bench in games started by Kole Calhoun and Hank Conger.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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