SEATTLE -- Before Friday's opener against the Mariners, the Angels called up outfielder Michael Ryan from Triple-A Salt Lake, swapping him with pitcher Matt Palmer.
Because Ryan wasn't on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles had to designate Fernando Rodriguez for assignment to clear space."Matty Palmer is a guy we projected to be high on our depth chart as a starter and have a real important role in the bullpen, not as far as just being a mop-up guy but being a guy who can bridge some innings and keep us in games," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Right now, he's having some command problems, which is making it tough for him to fill that role. We want him to get on board, and he needs to go down there, pitch and find some stuff. It's going to be tough to work that out in the Major Leagues." Scioscia hopes Ryan, who was hitting .351 in the Minors with 11 extra base hits and 12 RBIs in 21 games, can provide help as a pinch-hitter and occasional fill-in when starters need a rest. Ryan hasn't played in the Majors since 2005 with Minnesota. "For this organization and [Scioscia] to give me a chance, I'm just so relieved," Ryan said. "I'm not going to do anything to screw that up, and whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to give 100 percent to do it." In nine appearances, Palmer had a 6.26 ERA and 0-1 record.
Scuffling Angels call team meeting
SEATTLE -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia addressed his team after Thursday's 11-6 loss to the Red Sox in hopes of sparking a fresh start and ending its seven-game losing streak.Friday, it was the players' turn. The Angels held a players-only meeting for about 20 minutes before their series opener against the Mariners, sending a message that the skid -- the longest for the Halos since 2001 -- has to stop. "I'm pretty sure any team that's losing seven in a row, you've got to put your foot down," center fielder Torii Hunter said. "We put our foot down when we lost the first series in Detroit, it just didn't happen. We kept our foot in the air. "We just have to go out there and take it one pitch at a time and not try to do too much. When things are going bad, you have a lot of guys who try to do too much and be the hero, which is not a bad thing, but sometimes you can overdo it. I think we're at that point right now." Hunter's sentiment was echoed in the other clubhouse, where the Mariners -- themselves owners of a six-game losing streak -- listened to manager Don Wakamatsu tell them to stop trying to carry the club alone when they're at the plate.
Late-night arrival poses challenge
SEATTLE -- Thanks to a 10:10 p.m. PT start in Boston on Thursday, the Angels didn't arrive in Seattle for their meeting with the Mariners until 4 a.m. on Friday morning.That's nothing new for baseball players used to the demanding travel schedule, but for a club on a seven-game skid and in the midst of a 10-games-in-10-days road trip, it certainly doesn't make life any easier. "It's tough to get into a hotel at 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning and have a game the next day," right fielder Bobby Abreu said. "It changes everything for you, but you have to just make adjustments. You get used to travel like that when the season starts. "You sleep on the plane, but still. You want eight or nine hours, and it's not the same sleeping on the plane as in a bed in a hotel. Myself, I just stay in the bed for a long time trying to rest and recover." When asked if he'd like to see a rule against teams scheduling a night game on the East Coast when opponents play on the opposite coast the next night, manager Mike Scioscia said he didn't think it was a big deal. "Four o'clock is probably pushing it a little bit, but we've had many times when we come in at 1 or 2 in the morning and you don't have an issue," Scioscia said. "The schedule is the schedule. There's nothing in the schedule that's any tougher than it already is. It's a grind, and the fact that you occasionally get in early in the morning doesn't make it unbearable."
Izturis may be headed to DL
SEATTLE -- Infielder Maicer Izturis underwent an MRI before Friday's game to evaluate the shoulder injury he aggravated Monday in Boston. Manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged that a stint on the disabled list was a possibility for Izturis, who served as the team's designated hitter on Wednesday but couldn't play in the field. He added that if Izturis does go on the DL, the plan won't be to recall pitcher Matt Palmer, who was optioned to Triple-A on Friday.
Mike McCall is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.