NEW YORK — The Doug Fister Experiment is over, at least as far as the Angels are concerned.
The Angels on Wednesday released the veteran right-hander, who requested to become a free agent per the terms of the deal he signed last month.
His contract had an opt-out date of Wednesday if he wasn’t in the big leagues. General Manager Billy Eppler said the Angels weren’t ready to bring him to the majors, and Fister declined when asked if he’d be willing to stay in the minors.
“We asked him if that was something he’d be open to, but at this point he felt he was ready to go, ready to contribute back at the major league level,” Eppler said.
Fister, 33, started three times for the Angels’ Triple-A team, allowing seven earned runs in 15-2/3 innings. His first two outings were much better than his third, in which he gave up five runs.
The Angels apparently didn’t feel he would be an upgrade over the pitchers they currently have in the rotation.
The three current starters who replaced the injured starters are JC Ramirez, Alex Meyer and Parker Bridwell. Plus, Matt Shoemaker is hoping to be back after a short stint on the disabled list, and Tyler Skaggs could be back in about three weeks.
Eppler said there was no discussion of Fister pitching out of the big league bullpen.
By releasing Fister now, the Angels made a minimal financial investment in him. They ended up paying him about $17,000, roughly a month’s worth of his $100,000 minor league salary.
Huston Street rejoined the Angels on Wednesday and said he is ready to be activated. He said he is expecting to be active on Thursday. Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels would evaluate him and make a decision.
Street, owner of 324 saves, is not expecting to come back as the closer.
“I’ll do whatever they want me to do,” he said. “In my mind, it’s all the same. Whether you pitch me in the sixth down 10 or in the ninth with a one-run lead, I’m going to make my pitches and try to put…