Six starts after throwing a no-hitter, the Los Angeles Angels optioned rookie left-hander Reid Detmers to the minors.Following his sixth straight outing without a victory since his no-hitter against Tampa Bay on May 10, the Angels sent Detmers to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday. In just his 11th career start, Detmers, 22, became the youngest pitcher in Angels history to throw a no-hitter during the 12-0 victory over the Rays at Angel Stadium. Detmers has made six starts since that momentous evening, but he is 0-2 with a 5.67 ERA. Over those 27 total innings, he has given up eight home runs and 13 walks, his effectiveness deteriorating in step with the Angels’ protracted team-wide slump.
Detmers is 2-3 with a 4.66 ERA in 12 starts this season for the Angels, who hoped their precocious 2020 first-round pick was ready for a permanent move to the majors.Instead, he will get more seasoning while Los Angeles continues its annual search for competent starting pitching.
Detmers yielded five hits and five runs over five innings Tuesday night while getting no-decision in the Angels 12-11, 11-inning loss to Kansas City. The Angels also placed right-handed reliever Jimmy Herget on the 10-day injured list with a shoulder injury. Los Angeles recalled right-handers Elvis Peguero and Oliver Ortega to fill its two open roster spots.
The club already demoted fellow young homegrown starter José Suarez to the minors after he began the season in the rotation alongside Detmers. Right-hander Griffin Canning, the AL Gold Glove winner in 2020, has yet to pitch this season in the midst of a lengthy recovery from a back injury.Los Angeles has lost 21 of 27 heading into its series finale against the Royals.
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