Cole struck out three over four perfect frames in relief Monday in the Angels' 5-2 loss to the Rangers. Starting pitcher Jaime Barria was roughed up for four runs over three innings before manager Mike Scioscia turned to Cole, who was spectacular while ensuring the Rangers didn't turn the game into a blowout. Scioscia probably would have preferred to keep Cole available Tuesday in what amounts to a bullpen game for the Angels' pitching staff, but the expanded roster should allow the team to cover the leftover innings without much hassle.
Cole was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports. Cole will serve as a fresh reliever with the Angels scheduled for a bullpen game Tuesday. He owns a 4.19 ERA and 23:8 K:BB across 19.1 innings with the big club so far this season. Williams Jerez was shipped to the minors in a corresponding roster move.
Cole was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. After surrendering three runs across one inning during Thursday's outing, Cole will return to the Bees. In corresponding moves, Odrisamer Despaigne and Deck McGuire were called up from Triple-A.
Cole gave up three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one over an inning in Thursday's start against the Rangers. Cole started an expected bullpen game for the Halos, but he was chased from the contest early after serving up a pair of homers in the first frame. It is unclear if either Nick Tropeano (shoulder) or Tyler Skaggs (groin) will be able to return to rotation next week, so Cole could be asked to toe the rubber against the Diamondbacks next Wednesday. Even if the 28-year-old gets another turn in the rotation, his recent struggles and limited role should keep fantasy owners away.
Cole will start Thursday against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Cole will get the ball for Thursday's series opener with the Angels set to go with a heavy bullpen game. The 28-year-old allowed three runs on three hits while striking out three in 1.1 innings during his only other start this season. Expect him to go a couple of innings Thursday before handing the ball off.