Friedrich was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Friedrich was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Rockies, and the Angels swiped the lefty up. The Angels don't have many lefties in the bullpen, so the 28-year-old should help provide some depth in that category. Friedrich had some troubles last season out of the bullpen, though, as he posted a 5.25 ERA in his first full season in the majors.
Friedrich was designated for assignment Thursday. The Rockies acquired pitchers Jake McGee and German Marquez on Thursday, forcing the organization to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Friedrich, a former top prospect in the Rockies organization, made 68 appearances in the majors last season, working a 5.25 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 25 walks over 58.1 innings of work. He'll now be subject to waivers.
Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich has hit his stride with his slider as he continues to build upon a strong performance from last season after being moved to the bullpen, MLB.com reports. "I saw a real good slider, the slider we saw last September -- the one that disappears, especially to left-handed hitters," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's in a good place. Maybe the velocity is not quite what it was when we saw him in September. It's ticking up. But the slider is a swing-and-miss pitch." Friedrich has surrendered just one earned run in six innings while striking out two batters and walking two. "The hard thing that every pitcher does when they feel they've got the stuff is, they want to show everybody they've got the stuff," Friedrich said. "I've had games where I was teetering on the edge of, 'I feel really good tonight; let's see what comes out,' then there's a lack of execution. As a starter, some days the two-seamer was 87, 88 [mph]. Now it's coming out harder, 90 [or] 91."
The Rockies have promoted pitcher Christian Friedrich and catcher Jackson Williams from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Friedrich is coming up despite a 7.00 ERA at that level and 9.45 ERA in three starts with Colorado. Williams owns a stat line of .256/.353/.368 with the Sky Sox.
Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs Thursday, to make room on the active roster for Nolan Arenado's return from the disabled list. Sending Friedrich down opens up a spot in the rotation for the Rockies, as he was set to start Sunday against the Dodgers. The team's plans are not yet known.