ARLINGTON, Texas — Keynan Middleton has been through a rollercoaster rookie season with the Angels, at times looking like a closer in waiting and at other times looking like he’s not ready for the majors.
A day after he gave up two homers — he’s allowed 10 in 46 1/3 innings — Manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that Middleton needs to be more consistent with his slider.
“I don’t care if you’re throwing 97-100, if you are just throwing fastballs, these guys are going to hit mistakes when they show up,” Scioscia said. “I think he understands it.”
In the big picture, though, Scioscia said Middleton’s development has been good, considering how far he’s come. Middleton began last season at Class-A.
“He’s pitched a lot of really important innings for us and done really well,” Scioscia said. “You can’t really grade him on the home runs or the (4.47) ERA. At times he’s struggled through some innings, but the lion’s share of the times he’s been out there, he’s given us some really important innings, and that’s impressive for somebody with not as much experience.”
When the Angels claimed Noe Ramirez on waivers last month, it gave the reliever a chance to come home.
Ramirez, a product of Alhambra High and Cal State Fullerton, had been in the Boston Red Sox system, including 33 major league games over the previous three season.
“It’s always good to be closer to home, to be able to pitch in front of my family,” he said. “Hopefully I can do it on a more consistent basis.”
Ramirez, 27, pitched just two games in the majors this season. In Triple-A, he had a 3.23 ERA and 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 53 innings, combined between the two organizations.
He got off to a good start with the Angels on Friday night, escaping a first-and-third, no-outs jam with no runs scoring. The Angels then came back to tie.
“It was a little slow of a year, but I’m here now and hopefully I can do a lot here and try to help the team out,” he said.
Garrett Richards threw a bullpen session before Saturday’s game. The Angels haven’t yet decided if his next outing will be at Triple-A or the majors. The soonest he could pitch would be Monday. If the Angels move Parker Bridwell up to Monday, keeping him on four days rest, the Angels could start Richards on Tuesday….
Scioscia said Yunel Escobar (strained oblique) was examined this weekend and could be ready to resume baseball activities any day. He said…