After the Angels bullpen lost three games in Kansas City during the Royals' final at-bat, Manager Mike Scioscia promised to "sort some things out." Tuesday he announced the results of that sorting process, taking the role of closer away from Fernando Rodney and giving it to Jordan Walden.
Rodney, who struggled when handed closer duties last August, has pitched twice this season, giving up two runs, two hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings. Walden, meanwhile, has made three appearances and is the only Angel reliever who has yet to allow a run, striking out five of the seven batters he's retired.
Scioscia said Rodney would be used in nonpressure situations until he corrects some mechanical issues. Left-hander Scott Downs, on the disabled list with a broken toe, is expected to make a minor-league rehab assignment this week and would be another closer candidate when he is reactivated, perhaps as early as the weekend.