Along one wall in the Angels spring training clubhouse is a bank of more than a dozen lockers that were occupied by pitchers when camp began. On Wednesday morning, the final day before the team closed up shop here, those lockers were almost all empty, vacated by pitchers who had been sent to the minors. Sitting in front of one locker that had been empty a day earlier was a blue Texas Rangers bag, though. It belonged to Mark Lowe, a veteran reliever who spent the past two seasons with Texas. He was in camp this spring with the Dodgers, who released him this week. The Angels signed him to a minor league deal Wednesday, and he has a legitimate shot at making the opening day roster. "We'll look at him over the Dodger series and see where he is," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's an exciting arm, that's for sure." Later in the day, the Angels acquired minor league relievers Elvin Ramirez, 25, from the New York Mets for cash and Dane De La Rosa, 30, from the Tampa Bay Rays for Steve Geltz. Both pitchers will provide depth in the minors for a bullpen corps that has struggled in the spring. Asked to assess his relievers, Scioscia used an expletive before elaborating. "I think that some of the guys obviously are coming slowly," Scioscia said. "Some of the guys who have been fighting for spots have not shown their best stuff. As far as the spring, I think some things have not gotten as settled as we would have liked. Hopefully this last week as we get to the Freeway Series we are going to see some things start to come together as we need them to come together. "The rotation had a really good week that's given us a little more ease on the issues we might have been dealing with. As for the bullpen, there are still guys fighting for jobs, fighting for roles. No one in our 'pen right now has pitched to their capabilities and we need that to happen." Scioscia gave a few of relievers the chance to leave Arizona on a good note Wednesday, using the club's Arizona finale as a bullpen game. Ernesto Frieri, who will be the closer until Ryan Madson is ready, had what Scioscia called his best game of the spring, pitching a perfect ninth with a three-run lead to record his first save. Garrett Richards, who has pitched the best of anyone in camp, started with 21/3 scoreless innings. Jerome Williams followed with 32/3 innings in which he allowed two runs. Kevin Jepsen and Sean Burnett both were shaky, but Burnett allowed just one run. Those five, plus Scott Downs, will all be in the big league bullpen despite inconsistency throughout the spring.
Angels sign Lowe, two others to bolster bullpen
Orange County Register | Mar 28