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Angels Announce Roster Moves04/15/2009 2:55 PM ET
Salt Lake Bees
SALT LAKE CITY - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced today that the club has optioned outfielder Reggie Willits to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled right-handed pitcher Rafael Rodriguez to the Angels from Salt Lake.
In other movement, infielder Brandon Wood, infielder Matt Brown, catcher Bobby Wilson and outfielder Brad Coon have all been placed on the Temporary Inactive List. The four players are scheduled to attend the funeral services of former Bees pitcher Nick Adenhart later this week.
The Bees have recalled infielder Evan Bailey and catcher Ikko Sumi from extended spring training. Right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hill will join the Bees from Double-A Arkansas and infielder Abel Nieves has been recalled to Salt Lake from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Willits, 27, appeared in the Bees season opener on April 10, hitting 1-for-5, before joining the Angels a day later. He was a pinch runner in the Angels 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on April 11. In 82 games for the Angels in 2008, Willits hit .194 with four doubles and seven RBI. He appeared in 10 games for the Bees last season, registering a .378 batting average with two doubles and four RBI. The Chickasha, Okla. native was originally selected by the Angels in the seventh round of the 2003 free agent draft.
Rodriguez, 24, has appeared in two games out of the bullpen for the Bees in 2009, registering a 4.50 ERA with one save. The Dominican Republic native pitched in nine games for the Bees in 2008, owning a 2-0 record and 6.28 ERA. He also recorded 11 saves in 42 games for Double-A Arkansas last season. Rodriguez signed with the Angels as a free agent on July 20, 2001. His first appearance with the Angels will be his major league debut.
Wood, 24, has appeared in four games for the Bees in 2009, hitting .333 with three homeruns, one triple and four RBI. The Austin, Texas native hit .296 with 31 homeruns for the Bees in 2008 and registered a .200 average at the plate in 55 games with the Angels a year ago. Wood was originally selected in the first round, 23rd overall, by the Angels in the 2003 draft.
Brown, 26, owns a .214 average with one homerun in four games with Salt Lake this season. In 2008, the Bellevue, Wash. native hit .320 with 21 homeruns and 67 RBI for the Bees. He also appeared in 11 games for the Angels last season. A bronze medalist with Team USA in the 2008 Olympic Games, Brown was originally selected by the Angels in the 10th round of the 2001 draft.
Wilson, 26, has appeared in three games for the Bees in 2009, hitting .182 with one triple and two RBI. The Dunedin, Fla. native saw action behind the plate for the Bees in 72 games in 2008, hitting .312 with 20 doubles, four homeruns and 45 RBI. He also appeared in seven games for the Angels last season, registering a .167 average. Wilson was originally selected in the 48th round of the 2002 free agent draft.
Coon, 26, owns a .333 average with one homerun in three games with the Bees in 2009. The Euclid, Ohio native appeared in 85 games with Salt Lake in 2008 and recorded a .306 average with nine doubles, two triples, four homeruns, 30 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Coon was originally selected in the 15th round of the 2005 free agent draft.
Bailey, 23, joins the Bees from extended spring training in Arizona. His first appearance with the Bees will be his Triple-A debut. A Kamloops, British Columbia native and former University of Utah pitcher, Bailey was originally selected by the Angels in the 49th round of the 2003 draft.
Sumi, 21, also joins the Bees from extended spring training. A native of Yokohama, Japan, Sumi signed with the Angels during the 2007 offseason. His first appearance with the Bees will be his Triple-A debut.
Hill, 31, has appeared in two games for Double-A Arkansas in 2009, owning a 0-0 record with a 10.80 ERA. The Dallas, Texas native played for Monclova in the Mexican League in 2008, finishing with a 4-2 record, 2.64 ERA and 23 saves. He signed with the Angels in the 2008 offseason.
Nieves, 23, has appeared in four games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2009. In 101 games for Rancho Cucamonga in 2008, he hit .318 with 24 doubles and 54 RBI. The Venezuelan was originally drafted by the Angels in the 50th round of the 2004 draft.
The 3-1 Salt Lake Bees continue the team's opening homestand tonight with a doubleheader against the Las Vegas 51s beginning at 5 p.m. at Spring Mobile Ballpark. For more information about Bees season tickets, which start as low as $7 per game, please call (801) 325-BEES.
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