Trumbo, Conger arrive in Anaheim after callup
Prospects join Angels for Tuesday's game vs. Tribe
ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo was on the phone during the 10-hour drive from Salt Lake City to Anaheim, telling friends and family he had just been brought up to the Majors. Hank Conger, driving in the car in front of Trumbo, talked in the car with his father about all it took for him to get here.
"We thought about all the memories I had," said Conger, a 22-year-old catcher. "How my dad pushed me and stuff. It was definitely a lot sweeter drive back."
On Tuesday, Trumbo and Conger, two Southern California kids playing for Triple-A Salt Lake, made it to Angel Stadium as September callups. They were joined by three others who had already been here: infielder Kevin Frandsen and right-handers Bobby Cassevah and Matt Palmer.
"It's an unbelievable feeling," said Trumbo, 24. "I've been waiting for this day for a long time. I'm super excited."
Trumbo tied for the Minor League lead with 36 home runs at Triple-A Salt Lake, overtaking the previous club record of 32. The first baseman also finished third in all of the Minors in RBIs (122), and led the Pacific Coast League in runs scored (103).
Trumbo grew up in Orange, a stone's throw from Angel Stadium and went to Villa Park High School. Conger was born in Washington before moving to Huntington Beach, where he went to Huntington Beach High.
Both grew up Angels fans.
"This is quite similar to the day I got drafted by these guys," Trumbo said. "I was just overjoyed, it's a hometown team. I've been coming here since I was barely able to walk."
"I moved out to California when I was about five," Conger said. "Friends would always take me to Angels games, we would try to shag home runs in batting practice. I became an Angels fan, it's been an unbelievable feeling so far."
Conger batted .300 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs for the Bees. He wasn't a member of the 40-man roster until the Angels made room for him by releasing Brian Stokes on Monday night, and Conger already had an end-of-season trip in mind. He was certain they would promote Trumbo, but he just wasn't sure about himself.
"We were going to go to Vegas after the season," he said. "I really didn't expect anything. I knew Trumbo was going to go."
Neither player was in the lineup Tuesday at Angel Stadium, but both took early work. Trumbo faced Joel Pineiro in the right-hander's simulated game, and during an early batting practice session, Trumbo hit some eye-opening home runs.
"I know a couple of 'em got out," he said. "But I didn't really attack 'em. Absolutely, it's awesome. You know, I feel like, if you get 'em, they'll go out of any park."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said September won't be any sort of final judgment on the Trumbo and Conger, but for a team that's all but run out of time to make a run, they're presence should at least provide some excitement.
"I think when a player comes up and is in the big leagues there's a seasoning that starts to occur," Scioscia said. "You want to get that started and get these guys out there and get them acclimated to Major League pitching."
Angels release veteran utility man Quinlan
ANAHEIM -- Robb Quinlan, the 33-year-old utility man who played for parts of eight seasons with the Angels, was released on Tuesday.
Quinlan played 23 games and went 4-for-33 for the Halos in 2010. He spent most of the season as a role player in Triple-A Salt Lake, where he hit .258 in 34 games.
Quinlan has never played for another Major League organization. The Angels drafted him in the 10th round in 1999 out of the University of Minnesota, where he was Big Ten Conference Player of the Year.
The Angels signed Quinlan, who was a free agent for the first time this past offseason, to a one-year Minor League deal in February. His best season was in 2006, when he hit .321 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs in 234 at-bats, all career highs.
Pineiro feels great after simulated game
ANAHEIM -- Joel Pineiro threw a successful simulated game at Angel Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, potentially his last step before joining the team in the bullpen.
"I feel great, 100 percent," Pineiro said. "I told them, 'What more do I need to do?'"
Pineiro is on the disabled list retroactive to July 22 with a strained left oblique.
The Angels have dropped seven of their past eight at Angel Stadium, including four in a row. ... Bobby Abreu is one steal shy of 20 for the 12th consecutive season, potentially the longest active streak in the Majors. ... The Halos are batting .202 with runners in scoring position, and have just 21 runs in their past 10 games. The Angels have been held to two or fewer runs 46 times this season.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.