Angels officially sign Fister to 1-year deal

Veteran righty could be key rotation insurance, sent to Class A Advanced

Angels officially sign Fister to 1-year deal

NEW YORK -- The Angels officially signed veteran right-hander Doug Fister to a one-year deal on Saturday, adding some pitching depth to a staff that has been hit hard by injuries this season.

The Halos placed Fister on their 40-man roster but optioned him to Class A Advanced Inland Empire to give him time to build up his arm. To clear a spot for Fister, the Angels transferred right-hander Andrew Bailey, who has been shut down with shoulder inflammation, to the 60-day disabled list.

General manager Billy Eppler said Fister will report to Arizona, where he'll throw some bullpens and face live hitters before pitching in an extended spring training game. After that, Fister will most likely join the club's Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake. Fister, who went unsigned over the offseason, had been throwing up to 75 pitches in simulated games against a college club.

"You kind of go a lot on track record here," Eppler said. "You're going off of track record, experience, know-how. Velocity was about 87 mph there. That looked fairly accustomed to what he had been, so we signed him. We'll see what we see."

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Eppler said there is no timetable for when Fister might be ready to pitch in the Majors, though the club currently views him as insurance in case their rotation is hit by another bout of injury or ineffectiveness. The Angels currently have Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs, two of their best starters, on the disabled list, and they have filled those voids by sliding JC Ramirez and rookie Alex Meyer into their rotation, which has yielded mixed results.

Fister, 33, logged a 4.64 ERA over 180 1/3 innings with the Astros last season. Over eight Major League seasons, Fister has a career 3.60 ERA.

"I think we've seen Doug pitch for a long time," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully his stuff will be at a level that we saw when he was successful. I think that he's starting a progression. We'll just evaluate him after his workouts and see where he is. If he throws the ball like he can, it's going to be important to our rotation."

Worth noting

Albert Pujols did not start against the Mets on Saturday for the second consecutive game due to a sore right hamstring. Pujols had said that he hoped to return to the lineup on Sunday.

• Skaggs, who landed on the disabled list on April 29 with an oblique strain, has been cleared to begin a throwing program on Monday, Eppler said.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.