Angels get big righty to finalize Fuentes deal
Seven-foot-one Van Mil, 25, sent to Double-A Arkansas
SEATTLE -- The Angels on Wednesday reinstated right-handed relievers Jason Bulger and Brian Stokes from the 15-day disabled list and completed their deal with the Twins for closer Brian Fuentes by acquiring intriguing right-handed pitcher Loek Van Mil as the player to be named in the Aug. 27 waiver trade.
Van Mil, whose first name is pronounced like "Luke", is a native of Oss, Netherlands, and he is listed at 7-foot-1 and 220 pounds. He will report to Double-A Arkansas this week. The announcement was made by Angels general manager Tony Reagins, and it was a mouthful: Van Mil's full name is Ludovicus Jacobus Maria Van Mil.
Van Mil, 25, was 1-2 with a 6.37 ERA in 29 2/3 innings of relief for the Twins' Double-A New Britain Rock Cats. Command was his issue; he walked 22 batters while striking out 21. He opened the season at Class A Advanced Fort Myers, where he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four innings. He is 7-10 with a 3.59 ERA in 188 career Minor League innings.
Bulger and Stokes have been recovering from shoulder issues at Triple-A Salt Lake. They are the early callups, with the Sept. 1 expanded rosters now in effect.
Bulger was one of the Angels' bullpen mainstays in 2009, while Stokes was acquired from the Mets in a winter swap for outfielder Gary Matthews Jr.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.