LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Angels added a pair of relievers three days before their opener, agreeing to $1 million, one-year contracts with left-hander Tony Watson and side-arming right-hander Steve Cishek on Monday night.
Watson was released from a minor league contract with Philadelphia on Friday after allowing five runs — four earned — and nine hits in five innings over seven spring training appearances. He struck out seven and walked two.
Watson, 35, is 40-25 with 32 saves and a 2.80 ERA in 10 major league seasons with Pittsburgh (2011-17), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2017) and San Francisco (2018-20). He leads active left-handers in appearances since 2011.
Cishek was released Thursday from a minor league contract with Houston after seven spring training appearances. The 35-year-old allowed three runs — on three solo homers — and seven hits in 7⅔ innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks.
He is 32-37 with 132 saves and a 2.78 ERA in 11 major league seasons with the Marlins (2010-15), St. Louis (2015), Seattle (2016-17), Tampa Bay (2017), the Chicago Cubs (2018-19) and the Chicago White Sox (2020).
Both took less than they would have gotten had they been added to major league rosters under their original contracts this season — Watson $3 million, Cishek $2.25 million.
Los Angeles placed right-hander Luke Bard on the 60-day injured list.
Detroit Tigers lose starter Matthew Boyd, reliever Alex Lange to injuries
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Detroit Tigers starter Matthew Boyd and reliever Alex Lange both exited with injuries, but their team still ended a three-game losing streak, beating the Kansas City Royals 10-3 on Monday night.
Boyd departed in the third because of discomfort in his left arm. Lange left after recording just one out in the fifth with shoulder trouble.
“(Boyd) came into that inning and was throwing well,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “After a few pitches he called us out. He said he felt a little something in his tricep.”
Boyd told the team trainer that his arm had felt odd the whole inning.
“We immediately removed him from the game. We’re going to send him for some tests. It’s very disappointing on the night because he was throwing the ball well with probably the best fastball he’s had in the last month,” Hinch said.
Hinch said he didn’t know whether Boyd would miss any time.
“I think Lange is going to end up on the injured list from the initial diagnosis,” Hinch said. “He’s had some shoulder issues. I didn’t even get out to the mound. By the time I got to the (foul) line, they were already walking off.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Los Angeles Angels’ Joe Maddon ‘would have no objections’ to Shohei Ohtani hitting and pitching for AL in All-Star Game
Shohei Ohtani leads American League designated hitters in All-Star Game fan votes by a wide margin. But the Los Angeles Angels‘ two-way sensation also is putting together a spectacular season on the mound, creating the possibility of Ohtani both pitching and hitting at Coors Field in Denver on July 13.
Angels manager Joe Maddon, who has made it a point to ease most of Ohtani’s prior restrictions, wouldn’t be against it.
“Just depends on his day,” Maddon said Monday. “It’s just an inning, and I know that if he’s able to do that, I would have no objections to it. His schedule’s been great, the number of innings pitched, how many pitches he’s thrown I think is in really good order. I don’t see a dramatic spike between now and then. It would just be how he feels and what he thinks about it. I think that would be the way to determine that.
“The fact that he’s such an unusual participant, definitely would like to hear what he has to say about it.”
Ohtani (2-1), who has been better about consistently throwing strikes in recent weeks, has a 2.85 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 28 walks in 47⅓ innings through his first nine starts. He also entered Monday with a .961 OPS and 17 home runs, the latter tied for fifth most in the majors.
Ohtani, 26, had accumulated 526,608 votes in the first ballot update, nearly double the total by Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (293,757). Ohtani’s teammate, Mike Trout, easily led AL outfielders with 706,503 votes despite not playing since May 17 because of a calf strain. Maddon said Trout is progressing well but is still “at least another month” away from returning off the injured list, tracking him toward the back end of the initial six- to eight-week timetable.
Trout is unlikely to return to the Angels until the season’s second half, making it “a stretch” that he appears in the All-Star Game, Maddon said. But Ohtani is on track to do so. And given his prodigious power, Ohtani also would be an obvious candidate for the Home Run Derby — if the workload isn’t too much of a concern for a player who already takes on such a large burden.
“I’m not as against that as others,” Maddon said of the Home Run Derby. “I just don’t like it when it becomes never-ending. There’s gotta be a more finite method of doing this. It is exhausting, it can be exhausting. But, again, that would be something that I would wanna ask him how he felt about it. He would be honest. I don’t think this is something you wanna attempt to force him to do or not to do. Just like we’ve been dealing with it the entire year — that would be a conversation.”
Tyler Glasnow of Tampa Bay Rays leaves start with right elbow inflammation
Glasnow allowed two runs on three hits and left with Tampa Bay leading 3-2 in a matchup of teams that entered with the two best records in the majors. The 6-foot-8 right-hander walked one and struck out six, throwing 40 of 53 pitches for strikes.
He was replaced by Ryan Thompson in the fifth.
The 27-year-old Glasnow is 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA this season and is 10-2 over his past 21 starts dating to Aug. 12, 2020.
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