• Lefty Hector Santiago, optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, entered 2014 with 2.024 years of service time and would need to be in the Minor Leagues for roughly five weeks to not reach three full years and for the Angels to thus delay his free agency by a year. Even if he does stay down there that long, Santiago would still have a chance to qualify for arbitration this offseason with Super Two status. But he'd be a free agent after the 2018 season, rather than the 2017 season.
• Grant Green is a natural shortstop who is currently most comfortable at second base and has gotten more acclimated to third base and left field since coming to the Angels last July. Throughout this homestand, he's been getting early work at first base with infield coach Alfredo Griffin. The more versatility he shows, the likelier his chances of staying in the big leagues.
• Third baseman Ian Stewart, out since May 11 with a left hand contusion, had a "great" workout early Friday afternoon and looks on track to begin a rehab assignment on Saturday, manager Mike Scioscia said. Stewart is eligible to be activated off the DL by Tuesday. Stewart has been working on getting his hands lower to have a quicker path to the ball, which could help lower his strikeouts (31 in his first 24 games).
• The Angels shuffled some players in their Minor League system recently. Lefty reliever Nick Maronde (nine earned runs in 8 2/3 innings with Triple-A Salt Lake) was demoted to Double-A, while fellow southpaw Brandon Sisk (3.95 ERA for Double-A Arkansas) was promoted to Triple-A. Starting pitching prospect Mark Sappington (6.44 ERA in nine starts) was demoted from Double-A to Class A Advanced Inland Empire. Right-handed reliever Josh Wall (4.22 ERA in eight Triple-A appearances) was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Thursday.
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