KANSAS CITY -- Michael Kohn's leash isn't all that long, and the Angels' reliever learned that the hard way on June 3, when he was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake after a six-game stretch that saw him give up six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
In 19 appearances before that, Kohn had a 0.93 ERA.
"It was a shock," Kohn said of getting optioned more than three weeks ago, "but it was out of my control.
"I just went through a stretch where I had two bad outings and my timing was off a little bit. It's like a hitter going 0-for-8 in two games, then coming back and going 3-for-3."
Kohn's 3-for-3 came in the Pacific Coast League, where he notched nine scoreless outings to ultimately earn a callup late Friday night -- a move that sent first baseman and outfielder Efren Navarro back to Triple-A and returned the Angels to a traditional seven-man bullpen.
But Kohn is still walking hitters.
The Angels sent him down mainly because of the 7.6 walks he issued per nine innings during his two-month stint in the big leagues, a habit that typically catches up to relievers in the form of runs allowed. In Triple-A, Kohn still walked six batters in 9 1/3 innings, giving him a relatively high rate of 5.8.
The Major League average this year is 3.03.
"I had a couple walks, but that's part of the learning process," Kohn said. "I feel great. My arm feels good, body feels good, and I'm ready to go."
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.Less