ANAHEIM -- Five players will join the Angels on Tuesday from Triple-A Salt Lake, and veteran reliever Brian Stokes was released after Monday night's 3-2 loss to the Indians to make room.Infielders Mark Trumbo and Kevin Frandsen, right-handers Bobby Cassevah and Matt Palmer and catcher Hank Conger got the call. All but Conger were already on the 40-man roster, so only one spot needed to be cleared. "They're all players that we know can help us and fill our depth chart out," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Some of these guys, they're in a little different situation. Some of these guys, it'll be their first crack at the big leagues." Stokes, who turns 31 on Tuesday, made just 16 appearances this season and only one since May 9. He went on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue on May 10. Trumbo, a 24-year-old Anaheim native, hit .301 with 36 home runs and 122 RBIs at Salt Lake, which finished its season in second place with a 3-1 home loss to Reno on Monday, 1 1/2 games behind Tacoma in the Pacific Coast League Pacific North division. The Angels waited to make their callups because the Bees were still in the playoff hunt. "He's certainly one of the top power prospects in baseball," Scioscia said of Trumbo. "He opened up a lot of eyes with the year he had in Salt Lake. ... Sometimes guys with big swings, it takes a little longer. I think whatever opportunity Mark gets right now isn't going to define him as a player." Palmer is to work out of the bullpen, barring an injury to a starter. Scioscia said no other callups would likely be made. Acquired by trade from the Mets for Gary Matthews Jr., Stokes finished his lone season with the Angels without a decision and an 8.10 ERA. He struck out as many as he walked, 16, in 16 2/3 innings. "Brian is a guy that we just don't see the opportunity to pitch and move forward for us," said Scioscia. "He came out of Spring Training, I don't think he was ever really in sync." Stokes said he didn't know what was next for him, but was glad to have some time left in the season to perhaps latch on with another club. "I haven't really thought that far ahead yet," the California native said when asked where he goes from here. "I guess to my car, and figure it out tomorrow." Stokes exchanged hugs with other members of the bullpen before leaving. "He's one of the nicest guys I've ever met," Francisco Rodriguez said. "He got hurt and it was a rough year for him." Told it was Stokes' birthday Tuesday, Rodriguez said: "It is? Oh my God. Even worse."
Tribe series a schedule oddity
ANAHEIM -- The Angels and Indians met for just one series previous to the start of a three-game set at Angel Stadium on Monday night, and that was back in April.That's a span of 130 days since the clubs have last seen each other, and the Angels have still not visited Cleveland this season: That's next week. "There's always little quirks in the schedule," Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "Definitely need to be in our division the first month of the season, I think that's important. I think in the middle of the season you need to, and at the end of the season you need to. During the middle there is when you fit in the other divisional games and Interleague and things like that. We'll see if eventually we'll get into that." The Angels took two out of three from the Indians on April 26-28. The Indians haven't won a series in Anaheim since May 2005, although they took a split of a four-game series in '07.
Morales at peace with nature of injury
ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia wasn't sure if injured first baseman Kendry Morales would hang around Angel Stadium this homestand as he did the last, but he said Morales has come to terms with the nature of the injury that ended his season after just two months."As time has kind of moved on, I think he's getting past where he was very ... he totally accepted responsibility for the whole incident and felt terrible about it," Scioscia said. "And I think that he's moved on from that and come to grips with the fact that it happened. He's looking forward to getting 100 percent and doing what he can do for us next year." Morales was lost for the season at the end of May when he fractured his lower left leg in a walk-off-homer celebration. He's been rehabbing locally. There was plenty of talk after the injury that teams around the league would be more restrained in their celebrations, and Scioscia said that sentiment was more than temporary. "I think people are more cognizant about what could happen," Scioscia said. "It's a release of emotion that ballplayers need. This is a game where you're putting a lot of emotion into it, you're pouring a lot of energy. And when you win you have to celebrate, but hopefully we're going to do it in a little less risky fashion."
Pineiro may join bullpen soon
ANAHEIM -- Joel Pineiro is to throw a 60-pitch, four-inning simulated game on Tuesday at Angel Stadium, potentially his last step before rejoining the Angels in a relief capacity.With the Minor League season over, Pineiro's rehab will in effect be done with the club. "We'll evaluate how he comes out of it, and most likely give him a look pitching out of the bullpen for us just to get his feet on the ground," manager Mike Scioscia said. Infielder Maicer Izturis, on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 20 because of right shoulder inflammation, has taken ground balls but has yet to start hitting. His return this season is still up in the air. "We'll start to swing at some point hopefully this homestand," Scioscia said. "He still has some work to do. ... We don't know, we hope so, but we'll have to wait until he gets into a little more extensive baseball activities."
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.