Purgatory Online

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Kevin Gregg, the reliever justly reviled around the Halosphere, has been optioned to AAA Salt Lake. Chris Bootcheck has been called up to take his slot in the bullpen. It would be nice to see Bootcheck, who has seemingly been an Angels prospect forever, stick with the big club - it would partially ameliorate the searing pain in my brain I get every time I see Halo discard Derrick Turnbow blow away another hitter for Milwaukee.

There are a few raised eyebrows this morning at the news that Frankie Rodriguez is on the DL, retroactive to May 15. Richard rightly notes that yesterday the Register claimed Rodriguez would be available within the next couple of days. The official explanation seems to be that the club has opted for another bullpen session to make sure everything's okay, and decided that, as long as he wasn't going to be available for four more days anyway, they might as well tack another two on there and bring up Joel Peralta until May 30. The situation bears watching, of course, but my sense is that they're on the up-and-up on this one; if the starters were struggling, or Shields ineffective, it might have been a different story, but right now I'm willing to take it at face value.