Hector Santiago is going to the bullpen.
After an abysmal start to the season, Hector Santiago will go to the Angels bullpen as expected. Santiago is 0-6 with a 5.09 ERA. And despite poor run support, Santiago has not shown much durability. He has made it into the seventh inning only twice in eight starts.
Many questions surrounded the Angels starting rotation coming into the season. And Santiago was at the top of the list. Many were hopeful that Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs would eventually find success, but both have proven skeptics wrong by pitching well early in the season. Santiago is the lone wolf as far as struggling Angels starters.
The move is not without it's positives, however.
Manager Mike Scioscia will finally get a key lefty in his bullpen, one who is proven, and can get ahead of hitters and strike them out. That's still good news despite the demotion. Santiago has had plenty of success out of the bullpen in his short career so far. His primary use with the White Sox was as a reliever/spot starter, or swing man. He could be a huge addition, and will likely find himself in a late inning role.
The Angels will also have to find another starter.
The corresponding move will most likely be Matt Shoemaker, with Jose Alvarez as the second option, and Wade LeBlanc being the emergency option should anything go wrong with the first two.
On a side note, Santiago also apologized openly for showing up Scioscia while he was taking Hector out of his last game. Santiago began walking off the mound before Mike even got there, and people noticed. Santiago made amends, however, and the team will move forward.
This was a move that just about everyone saw coming, and might be the best move for Santiago. He should be effective in the bullpen.
And it's the equivalent of making a key trade for a reliever.
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