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.