With Scott Downs still on crutches and unavailable for at least a couple of days with a bruised ankle, the Angels needed another reliever, so they promoted hard-throwing David Carpenter from Triple-A Salt Lake before Friday's game at New York.
Carpenter had a dazzling season between Single-A and Double-A last year, with a 0.57 ERA. The Angels optioned infielder Alexi Amarista to Salt Lake. If Downs isn't ready by Sunday, he likely would go on the 15-day disabled list to accommodate Jerome Williams, who is coming off the DL to make his season debut that night.
Lefty Brad Mills is with the team in New York, but will return to Triple-A if Downs doesn't go on the DL. General manager Jerry Dipoto said there's a good chance Downs will avoid the DL. Dipoto also acknowledged he's looking for bullpen help in trade talks with other teams, but is finding little traction.
"There's not a surplus of available, high-quality major-league relievers out there," Dipoto said.