SEATTLE -- Before Friday's opener against the Mariners, the Angels called up outfielder Michael Ryan from Triple-A Salt Lake, swapping him with pitcher Matt Palmer.
Because Ryan wasn't on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles had to designate Fernando Rodriguez for assignment to clear space."Matty Palmer is a guy we projected to be high on our depth chart as a starter and have a real important role in the bullpen, not as far as just being a mop-up guy but being a guy who can bridge some innings and keep us in games," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Right now, he's having some command problems, which is making it tough for him to fill that role. We want him to get on board, and he needs to go down there, pitch and find some stuff. It's going to be tough to work that out in the Major Leagues."
Scioscia hopes Ryan, who was hitting .351 in the Minors with 11 extra base hits and 12 RBIs in 21 games, can provide help as a pinch-hitter and occasional fill-in when starters need a rest. Ryan hasn't played in the Majors since 2005 with Minnesota. "For this organization and [Scioscia] to give me a chance, I'm just so relieved," Ryan said. "I'm not going to do anything to screw that up, and whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to give 100 percent to do it." In nine appearances, Palmer had a 6.26 ERA and 0-1 record.