Angels give Eric Hurley another chance

ANAHEIM -- Eric Hurley, the newest Angel who was called up Friday to fill the void left by the demotion of Garrett Richards, traveled a long, bumpy road to get here.

The right-handed pitcher debuted four years ago for the Texas Rangers, making five starts before being sent down again. He never returned. Instead, Hurley, a first-round draft selection in 2004, quickly went from being labeled as a can't-miss star to released, from an elite pitching prospect to bust.

The 26-year-old who missed two entire seasons because of a torn rotator cuff and broken wrist was back in a big league clubhouse Friday, with a smile that stretched from here to Salt Lake City.

"Last night [when I got the call], I woke my wife up quick and said, 'Hey, you're not going to believe this. We've got to pack,' " said Hurley, who will wear No. 35.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia won't name a starter for Sunday's series finale against the Baltimore Orioles until Saturday, but it likely won't be Hurley. His plan was to use Hurley out of the bullpen this weekend.

"I know Scioscia's big thing is to throw strikes, keep the ball down in the zone and keep the team in the ballgame," Hurley said. "That's my goal. ... They just told me to get up here and gave me a locker. I'll pitch whenever they tell me."

Lineups for Friday's game:


1. Robert Andino 2B

2. JJ Hardy SS

3. Adam Jones CF

4. Matt Wieters C

5. Wilson Betemit 3B

6. Mark Reynolds 1B

7. Steve Pearce RF

8. Ronny Paulino DH

9. Xavier Avery LF

RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 2.31 ERA)


1. Mike Trout CF

2. Torii Hunter RF

3. Albert Pujols 1B

4. Kendrys Morales DH

5. Mark Trumbo LF

6. Alberto Callaspo 3B

7. Howie Kendrick 2B

8. Erick Aybar SS

9. John Hester C

LHP C.J. Wilson (9-4, 2.33 ERA)