Return ticket: Bedrosian headed back to majors
by Chris Goltermann
Faster than his 96-mph fastball, Cam Bedrosian is ready for his second visit to the major leagues.
The 22-year-old was recalled by the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday evening from Double-A Arkansas, his second jump to the majors in less than a month.
It comes with the Angels still looking to settle a revolving door in their bullpen. Since Bedrosian was returned to the minors following his first six appearances in Los Angeles uniform No. 68, the team has traded former closer Ernesto Frieri to Pittsburgh for 2013 National League All-Star Jason Grilli.
Frieri followed Bedrosian in a 5-3 loss to Cleveland in a game where both pitchers failed to record a save. It ended on Nick Swisher’s walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning, with Frieri on his way out and Bedrosian sent back to Double-A.
Los Angeles, however, hasn’t given up on the former East Coweta High ace, who was drafted 29th overall in 2010. Bedrosian continued an All-Star season in the minors, picking up three saves over the first four games upon his return in addition to closing out a victory in the Texas League All-Star Game for the North squad.
“You figure you’re going to have your rough days,” Bedrosian told JP Hoonstra of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin last month. “Hopefully I’m getting mine out of the way now.”
That Angels manager Mike Scioscia called for Bedrosian twice in save situations during his first stint in the minors may have been as much a sign of confidence, even though his numbers (0-1 record, 1 hold, 14.29 ERA with five strikeouts) weren’t nearly as flashy.
“Cam’s poised, but it doesn’t mean he’s a finished product yet,” Scioscia told the Daily Bulletin following his blown save against Cleveland. “Any time you struggle it’s a chance to take that half-step backwards and then maybe those two steps forward. I think Cam will do that. He’s got great makeup and he’ll learn The 6-0, 200-pound right-handed fireballer replaces reserve Grant Green on the Angels active roster.
Bedrosian allowed just one run and one hit over five appearances since his return to the Texas League, striking out five in five innings work.
Los Angeles used five relievers including new closer Joe Smith on Monday after starter Jared Weaver left the game with a stiff back. Heading into Tuesday’s game at home against Toronto, the Angels’ bullpen had logged 18.2 innings since July 4.
DESPITE SNUB, SMITH GETS THUMBS UP FROM BREWERS ALL-STAR SELECTIONS: Will Smith’s last two appearances — out of a team-high 46 in his first year with Milwaukee — haven’t provided the greatest results. But the 6-foot-5, 250-pound left-handed reliever’s success hasn’t been lost on his teammates.
“A couple more guys deserve to be there, like (Will) Smith and (Zach) Duke,” Brewers All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday. The Brewers’ four selections, which also included closer Francisco Rodriguez, catcher Jonathan Lucroy and third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who was the top vote-getter at his position by NL fans.
The Newnan native’s ERA jumped to 2.16 after allowing a game-ending homer to Reds slumping outfielder Jay Bruce on Sunday, dropping Smith’s record to 1-2.
He hadn’t allowed a homer to a left-handed batter all season, holding them to a .143 average.
Smith, who will celebrate his 25th birthday on Thursday, has remained one of the most reliable set-up men in the National League, ranking third among holds with 21. He posted a paltry 0.36 ERA over the first two months of the season after being obtained in an offseason trade from Kansas City for outfielder Norichika Aoki.
Milwaukee began Tuesday with a 52-38 record atop the N.L. Central Division, while holding a four-game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals.