Insider Waiver Wire: Robinson, Tropeano, Smith, Ramirez

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We’re changing things up a little by giving the transactions area it’s own category, named Insider Waiver Wire. As always, transactions will be posted here. We’ve also pulled the disabled list transactions to this column, with the injury report being strictly about updates on ailing players. Also, the posts in this category will no longer be running posts, and will be be posted every Wednesday. Major headlines will not have a weekly schedule, and will be posted as they come.

Now let’s get down to business at the Big A!

  • Robinson joins a long list of Halos on the mend. He was grabbing his ankle after reaching first base in Tuesday’s 13-5 stomping of the Tampa Bay Rays. He was crouching and looked like he was in considerable pain. Shane was immediately taken out for none other than Mike Trout, who was supposed to have the day off. And it true Mike Trout fashion, he was only in the game for thirty seconds before scoring a run. Luckily this injury goes to an emergency depth piece and not to a major piece, such as… Mike Trout.

  • Trop was activated on and sent to AAA Salt Lake, mainly to get himself ready to return to the rotation. He wasn’t quite there in his rehab assignment. But sure enough he made it back quickly and had another good start on Monday in Tampa.
  • Jose Alvarez was sent to AAA Salt Lake in the corresponding move, thus finally sparing Angels fans the dread of watching him giving up a run every single time he stepped on the mound!

  • Smith may have recovered from his hamstring injury, but he is still looking for that release point. Those kinds of ailments can really mess with a pitcher’s mechanics. And until Joe irons out the kinks from that injury, he’s going to continue to have us biting our fingernails every times he’s out there. As of right now, Cam Bedrosian is pushing his way into Smith’s set up role, and may even dethrone Huston Street from the closer role…

  • Ramirez had a 6.40 ERA with Cincy before the Angels acquired the reliever for cash. In 5 games in the Halos’ banged up bullpen, J.C. Has a 3.18 ERA. Maybe it’s a step in the right direction towards fixing the bullpen, or it’s a fluke. We hope it’s the former. We’ll see.
  • A.J. Achter was sent to AAA when Ramirez was called up.


Minor Signings

  • 6/27/16: Angels signed LHP Justin Kelly to a minor league contract.
  • 7/2/16: Angels signed LHP Erik Davis to a minor league contract.