first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone The Angels also have several other minor league players they will need to add to the 40-man roster in November to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.The Angels might not feel that Rojas is in danger of being selected in the Rule 5 draft because a team would have to keep him on the 25-man roster all of next season if they took him. Teams are more likely to take a chance on a pitcher than a position player.If the Angels added Rojas to the 40-man roster in September and then tried to take him off to use his spot for someone else in November, they would have to put Rojas through waivers. Then, a team could claim Rojas more easily than in the Rule 5 draft, because they could keep him in the minors.Also, the Angels no doubt view Rojas’ numbers in the context of a Pacific Coast League in which offensive numbers are always inflated, but this year even more so because of the use of the major league ball.“The hitting coaches are evaluating less on statistics and more on what they’re seeing,” Ausmus said. “But it’s tough not to be influenced by someone hitting 30 homers. You go back to your frame of reference and 30 homers is a lot, or it used to be.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter OAKLAND — The breakthrough season José Rojas had in Triple-A will not end in the major leagues.Manager Brad Ausmus said on Tuesday that the Angels are not planning to promote Rojas, an Anaheim High product who hit .293 with 31 homers and a league-leading 107 RBIs at Salt Lake.General Manager Billy Eppler explained via text the decision to not add any more players to the 40-man roster: “Given all the considerations that go into adding someone to the roster, such as current roster construction, expected playing time and usage, and overall flexibility of the major league roster, we opted to not add any additional players to the 40-man roster at this time.”The Angels’ 40-man roster is currently full. Although they could easily create a spot by moving Griffin Canning, who is out for the rest of the season, to the 60-day disabled list, but Canning would need to be added back in November. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Ausmus said the Angels could have one more player come up. That is likely Taylor Cole, who can’t return to the majors until Friday because he needs to be down for 10 days, even though the Triple-A season is over.ALSOJustin Anderson, who is out with an upper right trap strain, said he is expecting to face hitters in a simulated game on Friday in Chicago. He could be activated soon after that. …Tommy La Stella could join the Angels this weekend in Chicago, but he might not be activated, Ausmus said. La Stella, who is nearing the end of his rehab from a fractured tibia, has been hitting and working on defense, but he still hasn’t faced live pitching.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Patrick Sandoval, 0-1, 5.64 ERA) at A’s (RHP Tanner Roark, 8-8, 4.04), Wednesday, 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Despite all of that, Ausmus said Rojas did well to continue putting up numbers after he made a splash in spring training.“He kind of came out of nowhere in spring training, to some degree,” Ausmus said. “There was some caution that it was just spring training, then he carried it into the season.”Rojas, 26, has not settled into any defensive position either. He’s played first, second, third and left field, although not playing more than 39 games at any spot.The Angels recalled catcher Anthony Bemboom on Tuesday, bringing their active roster to 33 players.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img