Prior to yesterday’s double-header with the Rangers, the Angels designated left-hander Adalberto Mejia for assignment. Righty Jaime Barria was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move, and Barria tossed five innings while starting the nightcap (a 3-2 Angels loss in 11 innings).
The DFA continues what has been a whirlwind of transactional business for Mejia over the last six weeks. This is the fourth time Mejia has been designated in that stretch, and the second as a member of the Angels. The team claimed him after an initial designation from the Twins, DFA’ed Mejia and then lost him on a claim from the Cardinals, and then the Angels re-claimed Mejia after St. Louis designated the southpaw.
Through it all, Mejia hasn’t pitched very well in 2019, with a cumulative 8.06 ERA over 25 2/3 innings for the Angels, Cardinals, and Twins. A high walk rate (6.0 BB/9) and homer rate (1.4 HR/9) have contributed to his issues, and Mejia also spent over two months on the Twins’ injured list while recovering from a calf strain.