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Angels moving Garrett Richards to bullpen

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09:26 AM ET 05.04 | In normal circumstances, it's the bullpen that comes to the aid of a starting pitcher. But there's nothing normal about the circumstances surrounding the Angels' pitching staff these days. So Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday he'll try to right the staff with the second-highest earned-run average in baseball by using one of his starters to bail out his ailing relief corps, moving right-hander Garrett Richards from the rotation to the back of the bullpen. Right-handed Jerome Williams will start in Richards' place Sunday. "We definitely need to look at shuffling some things around to get a little deeper look in our bullpen," Scioscia said. "Garrett Richards' arm, right now in the bullpen, is definitely a power arm we hope can take some of the pressure off guys that are pitching a lot there." Richards opened the season in the bullpen but was moved to the rotation three weeks ago after Jered Weaver went on the disabled list with a fractured left elbow. And though he pitched well in his first two starts, giving up four runs and five hits in 13 1/3 innings, he was pounded his last two times out. The bullpen, meanwhile, has lost three key members -- Sean Burnett, Kevin Jepsen and Mark Lowe -- to the disabled list.

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May 4, 2013  09:31 AM ET

The Angels should just roll up the tents and go home. Biggest underachievement of 2013 at this point.

May 4, 2013  11:20 AM ET

The second coming of Joba, next stop, what else THE DL!!!!

 
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