Jepsen optioned to make room for new RP

Needing to open up a spot for newly acquired relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri, the Angels chose Friday to option hard-throwing right-hander Kevin Jepsen, who has his electric stuff back but has yet to translate it into big league success this season.

Jepsen, recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery, was back throwing his fastball in the mid- to high-90s, but had given up eight runs in seven innings, notching a 10.29 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP and a 2.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the process. He’ll report to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Jordan Walden (out of the closer’s role and working on command of his slider) and rookie David Carpenter (really the only ground-ball pitcher in the ‘pen) were other out-of-option candidates.

Frieri was acquired from the Padres Thursday in exchange for Minor League infielder Alexi Amarista and Minor League right-hander Donn Roach. With a lively fastball and deceptive delivery, the 26-year-old has posted a 2.33 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in parts of four seasons in San Diego.



You hate to see anyone’s dream hit a bump like this, but, it had to be. Although he had his velocity, he had trouble with his location. It takes more than just throwing hard. I hope Jepsen gets his control back and makes it back to the big leagues soon. Meanwhile, let’s hope this addition to the bull pen can help to stop the bleeding. We can’t expect our starters to pitch complete games every time out.

I’m surprised it wasn’t Walden. It might better for him to work out his issues as a closer at Salt Lake than as a middle reliever with the Angels.

Great move by Dipoto, it helps both teams.

should’ve happened last year.

He’ll report to Triple-A Salt Lake.

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