Markel cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday. The 29-year-old was removed from the 40-man roster earlier this week but will stay in the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. Markel will remain in big-league camp as a non-roster invitee, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, but he's in line to begin the season in the minors.
Markel was designated for assignment by the Angels on Monday. Markel was picked up in a trade from the Pirates early in the offseason but won't wind up making it to spring training on the Angels' 40-man roster. As a 29-year-old with a 7.77 ERA in just 22 career big-league innings, he's unlikely to be a hot commodity on the waiver wire.
Markel was traded to the Angels on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations. Markel saw his first major-league action in 2019, and struggled with a 7.77 ERA and 1.95 WHIP over 22 innings with the Mariners and Pirates. The 29-year-old posted a 1.74 ERA with a 75:26 K:BB in 41.1 innings in the minors last season, and he'll look to translate that into major-league success in 2020.
Markel was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Markel was sent to Triple-A on Tuesday, but because he's replacing an injured player, he'll be eligible to return to the big leagues in less than 10 days. The right-hander owns an unimpressive 11.57 ERA and 2.68 WHIP with a 9:9 K:BB over 9.1 innings this season in the majors.
Markel was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Markel made two appearances during his latest trip to the big leagues, surrendering three runs while striking out two over 1.2 innings. Yefri Ramirez was recalled in a corresponding move.