Krauss up, Mattheus DFA’d …

The Angels designated veteran reliever Ryan Mattheus for assignment on Tuesday, calling up left-handed power hitter Marc Krauss and returning to the traditional four-man bench.

Krauss, 27, was selected off waivers from the Astros in December and lost the competition for the final bench spot to Efren Navarro in Spring Training. Krauss, who has experience at first base and both corner-outfield spots, was carrying a 10-game hitting streak for Triple-A Salt Lake that lifted his slash line to .281/.405/.458.

Krauss was called up partly because Navarro was sent down four days earlier, and he has to spend at least 10 days in the Minors unless he’s replacing a player going on the disabled list. But Krauss, with a .478 slugging percentage in his Minor League career, can provide some much-needed left-handed power to the Angels’ struggling offense.

Mattheus was called up on Friday to provide an extra arm for the bullpen, but can’t be sent back to Triple-A unless he clears waivers. The Angels didn’t initially call up Cam Bedrosian, who does have options, because he had just pitched two innings the night before.


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