• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Trevor Gott the top option to lead Angels' closer committee

    Trevor Gott is the leading candidate to head the Angels' closing committee for the remainder of the season, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. The Angels, who find themselves a half game behind the Astros in the AL wild-card race, will now have to make do without their closer, as Huston Street suffered what appeared to be a serious groin injury after he needed to be helped off the field in the ninth inning of Saturday's contest. Manager Mike Scioscia mentioned the Angels would likely go with a committee approach to the ninth inning, Gott should rank as the team's top option after emerging as a key setup man for Street in recent weeks. The 23-year-old has posted a 3.07 ERA across 44 innings with the big club this season, although it has come with a rather middling 25:15 K:BB ratio. Along with Gott, look for Fernando Salas and Mike Morin to fill vital roles at the back end of the Angels bullpen.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Angels' Fernando Salas earns win in relief

    Angels reliever Fernando Salas earned his first win of the year, Friday, over Oakland. Salas evened his record at 1-1, recording his first win since August 28 of last year. Salas retired the only batter he faced, on one pitch. He induced a ground ball and stranded a runner in the sixth inning.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Angels' Salas, Ramos, Pestano and Morin self-destruct in loss

    Angels relievers Fernando Salas, Cesar Ramos, Vinnie Pestano and Mike Morin all had poor outings in Thursday night's 9-2 loss to the Athletics. After Jered Weaver went six innings and gave up one run, Salas put runners on first and third to start the seventh. Ramos came in and immediately gave up an RBI single to Stephen Vogt. Pestano then took over and immediately threw a wild pitch that scored a runner. He then gave up a homer to Billy Butler and later gave up an RBI single to Brett Lawrie. Salas was credited with the loss. He's now 0-1 this season. Morin then allowed three runs in the eighth inning.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Angels' Fernando Salas committing to sinker

    Angels releiver Fernando Salas is looking to induce more ground balls this season, and that means changing his pitch selection. "It's important for giving the infield an opportunity to get the double plays," Salas told MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez. "Fly balls can sometimes be the difference in a game. I'm trying to get more ground balls." Salas has thrown his sinker less than five percent of the time. The result is a large number of fly balls, which can be dangerous to a reliever. Salas saw how dangerous in the postseason last year, when he gave up a game-winning home run in the ALDS. This season, Salas plans to go to the sinker more often, replacing the four-seam fastball he's relied on in the past, a pitch that's much easier for a batter to loft into the air. Salas shied away from the sinker in the past, because he felt it was "inconsistent". "I've been working really hard on that sinker," he said.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Angels, Fernando Salas settle at $1.37 million

    The Angels and Fernando Salas have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.37 million contract for 2015, avoiding arbitration, reports the Los Angeles Times. The reliever received $870,000 in 2014. Salas went 5-0 with a 3.38 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP and 61:14 K:BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings last season.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Report: Angels' Richards, Freese expected to be tendered offers

    The Angels are expected to tender a contract offer to third baseman David Freese by Tuesday's deadline, according to the Los Angeles Times. Freese is expected to make $6.3 million in arbitration. However, the team is not expected to tender an offer to infielder Gordon Beckham. The team would like to have Beckham back on the roster next season, but not for the $5 million he is projected to make in his third year of arbitration. The Angels are also expected to tender offers to Garrett Richards, Kevin Jepsen, Hector Santiago, Fernando Salas and Collin Cowgill.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Fernando Salas picks up win No. 5 in extras

    Angels reliever Fernando Salas kept his record perfect on the season as he picked up the win in a 4-3 victory over the A's Thursday. Salas pitched a perfect top of the 10th inning, striking out one batter and retiring the side in order on 14 pitches. He picked up the win when the Angels scored in the bottom half of the inning, moving his record to 5-0 while lowering his season ERA to 2.23 in 48 1/3 innings of work.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Angels make a few roster moves Sunday

    The Angels placed reliever Joe Thatcher on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after he suffered a sprained ankle Saturday against the Rays. The Angels made a few other changes to their bullpen. They optioned Michael Roth to Triple-A Salt Lake, while recalling Cam Bedrosian and Fernando Salas.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Angels make some moves before Saturday's game

    The Angels announced a pair of roster moves prior to Saturday's game against the Tigers, MLB.com reports. The team recalled outfielder J.B Shuck from Triple-A Salt lake City. Shuck will be filling in part-time for the injured Josh Hamilton. In a corresponding move, the Angels have optioned reliever Fernando Salas down to Salt Lake City.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Michael Roth optioned as Fernando Salas comes off DL

    The Angels announced Sunday they reinstated pitcher Fernando Salas (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list. To clear a roster spot, reliever Michael Roth was optioned to Double-A Arkansas.