Richards sent down; Carpenter up …
One day after a no-decision in a mediocre start against the Rangers, the Angels optioned Garrett Richards back down to the Minor Leagues and brought up reliever David Carpenter to take his place.
Fans, or Richards, may not be too thrilled about the move, but it’s in no way surprising. The Angels are continuing to commit to Ervin Santana, who got the win after pitching five innings of three-run ball against Texas on Monday, and Dan Haren is on track to start Sunday. That means there’s no space in the rotation for Richards, who has options left and needs to stay stretched out so the Angels have some rotation insurance.
He’ll surely be back again.
After giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision in Wednesday’s extra-inning loss, the 24-year-old Richards is 3-2 with a 4.33 ERA in 54 Major League innings this season. Carpenter posted a 3.55 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 38 innings during his first stint with the Angels. He’ll serve as a long man, as usual.