ST. PETERSBURG -- Rosters expand on Sunday, but with their three top affiliates likely headed for the Minor League playoffs, the Angels won't be getting an initial big wave of September callups.
At 77-62, the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees hold a four-game lead on first place in the Pacific Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League. At 35-30 in the second half, the Double-A Arkansas Travelers are up two games in the North Division of the Texas League. And at 67-68 overall, the Class A Inland Empire 66ers are likely to clinch a spot in the California League postseason.
The playoffs end around mid-September, and the Angels want to honor the work their affiliates did to reach the playoffs by letting them keep most of their players.
Any players on the Angels' 40-man roster -- which is currently full -- and playing in their Minor League system are more than likely to be called up in September. That list includes pitchers Ryan Brasier, David Carpenter, Tommy Hanson, Nick Maronde, Michael Roth and Daniel Stange, catcher John Hester and infielder Tommy Field.
In three starts for Triple-A Salt Lake, Hanson has given up 10 runs (eight earned) in 14 2/3 innings.
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