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to finalize their 25-man roster"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Angels PregameAngels PostgameGamethreadsHalos Heaven PodcastsShohei OhtaniMinor LeaguesInterviewsAngels Option Jaime Barria to Triple-A and Release Dan JenningsNew http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey ,101commentsThe club made two surprising moves as they try to finalize their 25-man rosterPDTShareTweetShareShareAngels Option Jaime Barria to Triple-A and Release Dan JenningsScott R. Galvin-USA TODAY SportsThe Angels continued to trim their roster down mere hours before they finalize their 25-man rosters. Via the Angels PR twitter account, the club has optioned right-handed pitcher Jaime Barria to Triple-A and released left-handed pitcher Dan Jennings. This was a bit of an unexpected move as Barria seemed like a lock for the fifth starter’s spot and Jennings was the only left-handed pitching option left in the bullpen. Instead, it looks as if the newly acquired Chris Stratton will take the last rotation spot and Luke Bard will take one of the bullpen spots.The 22-year-old Barria tossed 129 1/3 quality innings last year, posting a very solid 3.41 ERA with less impressive peripherals. Jennings Mike Foltynewicz Jersey , who had a 3.22 ERA in 64 1/3 innings for the Brewers last year, signed a minor league pact with the Angels but ultimately couldn’t crack a roster spot just before Opening Day. Stratton and Bard, who are both high spin-rate guys and interesting Statcast case studies, weren’t even members of the organization a few months back but look like the likely options to occupy the last two pitching slots. This is purely speculation at this point but Stratton is out of options and Bard has seen significant time the past few weeks. Another trade could be in the works but with two days left until the season http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , it’s likely the club will roll with their in-house options. If some other surprising releases happen in the next 24 hours, the club could pounce on a pitcher that intrigues them. Stay tuned later as we will likely hear the announcement of the official 25-man roster. CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Zobrist figured plate umpire Phil Cuzzi was going to give him the boot regardless, so the Chicago Cubs veteran didn’t hold back during his first career ejection.Zobrist told Cuzzi he would prefer an “electronic strike zone” before being ejected in the eighth inning of Chicago’s 7-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. That came two innings after Cubs manager Joe Maddon was tossed for the second time in four games after Cuzzi called Zobrist out on strikes.Zobrist was waiting on deck in the eighth when Javier Baez struck out to end the inning. Zobrist approached Cuzzi to say he didn’t appreciate being told to “be quiet” after getting called out in the sixth on a pitch he thought was a ball. He wanted assurances that the umpire would look over the play and “make an adjustment.”“He didn’t want me to tell him that,” Zobrist said. “I just basically said Brandon McCarthy Jersey , ‘Well, that’s why we want an electronic strike zone.’ And that’s what obviously got me tossed.”The slider that Zobrist took for strike three from starter Jhoulys Chacin has been called a strike 44.7 percent of the time, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Maddon’s ejection was his third this season. He also was thrown out Friday against Washington for arguing an interference call against Willson Contreras running out a ground ball.

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