The Angels made a couple of minor moves Friday afternoon, designating Billy Buckner for assignment and recalling right-handed reliever Cory Rasmus to take his place on the active roster.
Buckner, who signed a minor league contract with the Angels last November, has pitched in seven games for the big league club this season. This will mark the third time this season that the Angels have DFA’d the righthander.
The Angels acquired Rasmus on July 29th in the trade that sent Scott Downs to the Braves. Atlanta drafted Rasmus 38th overall in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. He pitched in three games for the Braves earlier this season, but this will be his first time pitching for the Angels’ big league club. He has spent the last month as a member of the club’s Triple-A affiliate, Salt Lake City. He is the younger brother of Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus.
Rasmus will join a bullpen that ranks 28th in the majors in bullpen ERA and 25th in WAR.