ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels optioned right-handed reliever David Carpenter to Triple-A Salt Lake and called up right-hander Steven Geltz from Salt Lake after Friday night’s 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners.
This is Geltz’s first call-up after posting a 2.09 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 4.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 51 2/3 innings for Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake this season.
“He’s a right-hander that has really pitched his way onto our depth chart,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s a guy who got an opportunity and he showed in the minor leagues that he has the makeup and the stuff to get an opportunity up here to fill some of the holes in our pen right now and hopefully he can pitch like he was down there.”
During the Angels recently completed 10-game trip, Scioscia saw his bullpen post a 10.54 ERA with five losses and five blown saves. During that time they also gave up 32 runs in 27 1/3 innings and 41 hits, including 11 home runs.
Carpenter was just one of many problems in the pen. He has been inconsistent all season as a long reliever, posting a 4.76 ERA in 28 appearances.
“Carpenter needs to work on a couple of things,” Scioscia said. “He needs to go down and try to refine a couple of things and get more consistent. I think the major changes in our pen are going to come when Jordan Walden and Scott Downs are back and healthy. Right now it’s an opportunity to fill some of these voids and hopefully Steven can be a part of that.”
Walden, who was the opening day closer, has been on the disabled list since July 15 with a strained right biceps. He was scheduled to begin a two-game rehab assignment in Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday and Monday and could return to the team next week.
Downs, who has been out since July 28 with a left shoulder strain, is progressing with his long-toss program and could return next week as well.
Scioscia said he anticipated both to be back within days if there were no setbacks.
Geltz, who has been with the Angels organization since 2008, has compiled a 3.51 ERA in 165 appearances in the Angels’ farm system. In five minor league seasons he owns a 19-6 record with 11 saves.
“He has the potential to be more than just an arm,” Scioscia said. “In our bullpen right now we have some guys throwing the ball very well and some guys that are obviously trying to find some stuff. He definitely has the type of arm that can help you hold leads.”
Here are lineups for Saturday:
Dustin Ackley 2B
Michael Saunders CF
Kyle Seager 3B
John Jaso DH
Mike Carp 1B
Eric Thames RF
Miguel Olivo C
Trayvon Robinson LF
Brendan Ryan SS
Mike Trout CF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Vernon Wells LF
Chris Iannetta C