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Chatwood booted from rotation, Williams to start

Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:31 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 10:32 pm
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ChatwoodBy Evan Brunell

The Angels have optioned struggling starter Tyler Chatwood to the minor leagues and recalled catcher Hank Conger.

Chatwood's (pictured) demotion isn't surprising thanks to his atrocious 68/63 K/BB ratio, but he skated through his first 19 starts before entering a rough stretch over his last four starts, losing them all while giving up 18 earned runs in 19 innings, allowing four homers while punching out 10 and walking seven.

Prior to the move, skipper Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times that "Tyler is having some issues with fastball command. He was in pitcher's counts for only a couple hitters" against the Rangers on Tuesday, when he gave up five runs in two-plus innings. Chatwood figures to be back in September, but for now will head to Triple-A to try to get his season back on track as the flagging Angels, losers of five straight entering play Thursday, look to get back on track.

Recalling Conger was one step forward, although it gives the team three catchers. The rookie backstop hit .214/.297/.357 in intermittent playing time for Los Angeles this season across 173 plate appearances before being demoted to Triple-A. There, he hit .300/.375/.490 with five home runs in 27 games, proving that he does have something to offer the Los Angeles offense. While Conger's defense isn't up to Scioscia's lofty standards, the Angels need his bat.

Replacing Chatwood in he rotation, meanwhile, is Jerome Williams who will be making his first start since 2007 when his turn comes up Sunday. Williams, who pitched on Wednesday in relief for the first time since 2007, was a former top prospect with the Giants before flaming out of baseball and touring through the minors, independent leagues and overseas.

Dropping weight and rededicating himself, Williams had a 3.91 ERA over 73 2/3 innings for Triple-A, striking out 60 and walking 15, while throwing the hardest he has in four years. Williams didn't shy away from the perception that he was lazy earlier, which affected both his production and his job prospects.

"I was young. I felt invincible. Obviously, I wasn't," Williams said. "I relied on talent then. I have to show people I've changed. I'm older. I know more about baseball and life."

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