The Angels announced several changes to their pitching staff Tuesday: They selected right-hander Noe Ramirez, outrighted righty Felix Pena, recalled righty Jaime Barria, optioned lefty Jose Suarez, and placed RHP Junior Guerra on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain.
Ramirez appeared in the majors with the Angels from 2017-20, though they traded him last winter to the Reds in order to acquire fellow reliever Raisel Iglesias. The Reds later released Ramirez, who quickly rejoined the Angels on a minor league contract before the season began. The 31-year-old Ramirez was a useful part of the Angels’ bullpen during his prior stint with the team, as he recorded a 4.04 ERA with a 26.4 percent strikeout rate and an 8.4 percent walk rate across 180 1/3 innings.
Pena, 31, cleared waivers after a disastrous pair of outings to start his season. The Angels reinstated Pena from the IL on May 6 after he recovered from a hamstring injury, and he proceeded to allow seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks over 1 2/3 frames. Overall, since joining the Angels in 2018, the swingman has given the club 215 2/3 innings of 4.34 ERA ball with a 23.6 percent strikeout rate and a 7.7 percent walk rate.