Holes spring up in the bullpen (Updated)


Did the Angels lose their two most-reliable relievers in the final three pitches of yesterday's game?

They said they'll know more after the pitchers are evaluated in Minnesota later today, but it appears they could be without closer Scott Downs and setup guy LaTroy Hawkins for several games, if not weeks.

Downs had to limp off the field after ducking J.P. Arencibia's line drive and injuring his left knee. Hawkins broke his right pinkie catching Omar Vizquel's line drive that turned into a game-ending double play. Hawkins announced he had broken the finger on his Twitter feed along with this photo.

UPDATE: The Angels announced Monday that Hawkins will be placed on the 15-day disabled list and replaced by David Pauley, who was recalled from Triple-A.

The Angels would really be in trouble if they hadn't traded a couple of prospects for San Diego Padres right-hander Ernesto Frieri three days earlier. Frieri looks like the prime candidate to take over the closer role temporarily with David Carpenter and Jordan Walden likely serving as the primary setup men.