Bedrosian worked around a walk in a scoreless inning against the Nationals on Wednesday en route to his sixth save of the season. Bedrosian has seemingly reestablished himself as the preferred ninth-inning option in Anaheim, converting three save chances in the past seven days. The Angels won't use Bedrosian in back-to-back games until he's 100 percent recovered from his groin injury, and that means the likes of Kenyan Middleton and/or Blake Parker could sneak in an occasional save when Bedrosian is unavailable.
The Angels will not use Bedrosian in back-to-back games after the pitcher admitted that his groin isn't fully back to 100 percent, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. This obviously isn't great news for Bedrosian owners as the playing-time limitation could cost the reliever a handful of save opportunities down the stretch. The 25-year-old has converted two saves since Bud Norris' implosion earlier this month, so he should still be manager Mike Scioscia's preferred option in the ninth. That said, four different relievers have converted saves for the Halos in August, so we could see a committee-type approach the rest of the season with Kenyon Middleton getting first dibs on days where Bedrosian is unavailable.
Bedrosian picked up his fifth save Saturday against the Mariners, giving up one hit while striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning. Considering Bedrosian has picked up a save in both of his last two appearances and Bud Norris has blown a save in both of his last two appearances, it seems pretty clear that Bedrosian is the guy to own in this bullpen going forward. He has the tools to be an above-average closer if he can hold the job, as he will have no trouble contributing over a strikeout per inning.
Bedrosian pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts against the Mariners on Thursday en route to his fourth save of the season. After Bud Norris blew a three-run lead in the eighth, Mike Trout hit a three-RBI double in the next half inning, creating the save opportunity for Bedrosian. He converted for his first save since April 18 -- Bedrosian was the closer to begin the year before landing on the DL with a groin injury. The 25-year-old had a five-run blowup July 26, but he's now turned in six straight clean outings, and his experience in the ninth-inning role may give him the edge over Blake Parker if a change is made at closer.
Bedrosian was shelled for five runs in one-third of an inning in Wednesday's loss to the Indians. The 25-year-old has given up runs in three of his four appearances following the All-Star break, ballooning his ERA from 1.69 to its current level of 4.66. Bedrosian still owns an excellent 6.5 K/BB and his 1.80 FIP indicates that he has experienced a bit of bad luck recently. Either way, the flamethrowing righty will need to turn things around soon if he wants to return to the closer role this season.
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