The Angels made the unusual move of optioning their leading hitter to Triple-A on Friday before a crucial series against the first-place Texas Rangers.
The Angels sent down Kevin Frandsen, who was batting .288 in 46 games, to stock up on pitching after Joel Pineiro's injury just minutes before he was scheduled to pitch Wednesday's game. The team recalled Trevor Bell and Bobby Cassevah from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Bell will be available to pitch out of the bullpen the next couple of days, manager Mike Scioscia said, but will still be on target to start Tuesday's game at Baltimore.
The Angels claimed Frandsen off waivers from the Boston Red Sox earlier this season and he provided reliable work at first and third base for them. Frandsen was blindsided by the move. Only Kendry Morales, who has been out since May 29 because of a broken leg, has a better batting average among the Angels than Frandsen.
"It's not the first time I've had this happen," Frandsen said. "I'm accustomed to it. I've received an unbelievable opportunity to be in an organization that's great. That's the thing that goes above and beyond anything for me."